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More People Going Gluten-Free, Despite Not Needing To

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More people in the U.S. are going to a gluten-free diet than need to.

A new study out of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School finds that the number of Americans on gluten-free diets has increased while the proportion of people with celiac disease has held steady between 2009 and 2014. Around one-half-a-percent of people in the U.S. were on a gluten-free diet between 2009 and 2010, but that number jumped to nearly one-point-seven percent between 2013 and 2014. Experts believe part of the reason is that following such a diet is easier and less expensive than in the past. Gluten-free diets aren't known to provide any health benefits for those without celiac disease, even though many believe they do.

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