Why Does The Gluten-Free Diet Fail?

Why Isn’t this Diet Working?

A study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, states that “more than 30% of patients with celiac disease following a gluten-free diet fail to exhibit a recovery of intestinal damage after five years on a gluten-free diet.”[1] You can also find some other statistics that show why people fail when using a gluten-free diet.

Many people can have a diagnosis that shows gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance and they turn to a gluten-free diet with hopes to improve the condition. They also fail to eat natural gluten-free products and turn to packaged foods that can be a very unhealthy alternative.

Adverse effects of unhealthy food replacements:

  • Not really gluten free
  • Difficult to digest
  • Problematic to the gastrointestinal tract
  • Have chemical additives
  • Expensive
  • Very processed
  • Can promote other diseases


This doesn’t mean that there cannot be packaged food with gluten-free diet benefits, but it is not as easy as it might seem because people need to pay more attention to their choices. Labels can be very misleading so it can be challenging to see what foods are healthy and which ones are not. You could be buying cookies with a label “gluten-free,” but in reality, they are not. Food companies can label “healthy” gluten-free foods that are just junk foods, processed and full of sugary additives. Have you ever seen gluten-free chocolate cupcakes? Breads? Candy? This kind of packaged gluten-free choice can lead to food-induced damage, not health restoration. To make good result can take years and you need to make smart, healthful choices – not reach for packaged foods.

List of naturally gluten-free foods:[2]
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Meat and poultry
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Fish and seafood

If there was still a question on any other food, it is important to understand that firstly, you should use common sense. Do you think there is a healthy cupcake? It is still a cupcake or still  junk food, no matter what kind of flavor or package it has. The Gluten Free Society is a place that provides gluten free education, but there are also other places to obtain professional advice and consultation to improve your gluten-free lifestyle. These changes might be necessary for health improvement so that your current situation doesn’t turn into worse problems, like leaky gut syndrome.



[1] Why are Gluten Free Diets Failing to Heal So Many Patients? 

[2] What Can I Eat? 

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