A gluten-free chocolate cake make from quinoa.

A gluten-free chocolate cake make from quinoa.

Gluten-free diets are medically necessary for some, especially those with celiac disease, and have become something of a trend for many others. In fact, it’s estimated that a third of Americans now try to avoid gluten, but some wonder if wheat, barley and rye – the primary grains that contain the protein – are really the problem. We talk with a science writer about the rise of autoimmune diseases and whether that trend is being conflated with gluten intolerance.


  • Moises Velasquez-Manoff Science writer/journalist; author, 'An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases"
  • Dara Ford, PhD, RD Professorial Lecturer, School of Education, Teaching & Health at American University


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