the rise in gluten allergies comes from a rise in hybrid agriculture. so basically cross breeding different types of wheasts and grains to produce higher yields has changed the basic structure of those products and many are allergic to it
the other reason is that gluten is not easily digested so it can cause weight gain. so since women diet and work on weight control more than men that's a big reason why more women do the gluten free thing
so two reasons for the rise in gluten free dieting -allergies -weight control/loss
Some do it because they think it will help them lose weight. Others do it because they medically HAVE to. It's not just gluten intolerance either, people like me have Celiac Disease.
This is why people who eat gluten free just for some "fad" diet annoy me, because then everyone takes those like me less seriously. Of course people can eat how they want, but restaurants start offering gluten free alternatives for people who just WANT to eat gluten free and it's rarely safe for someone like me to eat due to cross-contaimation and other issues.
A lot of women AND men have actual reasons why they have to eat gluten-free. I *could* eat gluten, but I would be sick in the bathroom within 30 minutes of that happening so I'd rather avoid it.
I find it interesting... the only people who have to worry about gluten are those with celiacs disease. as far as I'm aware gluten has no adverse affects on people. I think once people HEAR something is bad for one, its bad for all which isn't always the case. I mean I'm sure gluten has no real positive effects for the human body so removing it is probably nothing to worry about but I do know its used in a lot of breads and dough's and such. Most men probably don't do it because well... we just don't care enough.. heck I'd even venture to say some men are ignorant to it.
Gluten is a grain protein composite usually found in garbage like white flour, wheat and barley products. Grains are garbage, and gluten is mostly found in the worst kinds of grain products. (processed, fiberless white flour shite)
So, even if you don't have a particular intolerance to gluten it is a good idea to avoid it because it is contained mostly in products of poor quality which are only good at giving you diabetes.
If you want to eat "grains", eat pseudocereals like Quinoa and Chia.
Most people who are on gluten free diets do it because it's the trendy thing now. They believe the BS about it making you "healthier" and whatnot. It's always the type of people who shop at stores like Whole Foods.
I have a friend who actually has Celiac disease, and that forces her to be gluten free. She can't understand why anyone would choose to go on that diet, because according to her, the food is mostly shit. Gluten is what makes bread and cake spongy, it makes pasta soft when cooked, and it's in many other things, binding them together. No gluten means the texture is going to be weird and gross.
One girl I know has celiac disease, she can't eat gluten... Or even kiss someone that has eaten gluten within the past hour if they haven't brushed there teeth. There is a restaurant back home that serves only gluten free dishes, because the family also can't eat gluten.
Because gluten seems to upset most peoples GI tracks and mine absolutely hates it (and I'm not supposed to eat it with my condition) or they're allergic or intolerant or it just does funky shit to people. Stop eating it for a week and try it to see how you feel lol. Also it's good for weightloss generally