The answer is yes for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. By following a gluten-free diet, the average American will likely have to make major adjustments in their diet since gluten is often added as a thickener to different seasonings and condiments and is present in all products that contain wheat, barley or rye. While being more conscious of food choices is an advantage of the gluten-free diet, there is potential risk of nutrient deficiencies when vitamin-enriched whole grain foods are removed from the diet. Avoiding highly processed foods and choosing more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, low fat dairy, nuts and gluten-free grains, such as quinoa can be a healthy diet for those suffering from gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Rather than focusing on gluten-free, the average American should work toward limiting processed foods and choosing a variety of vegetables, lean proteins, low fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, beans, vegetables and whole grains as a health goal in 2013. If you are experiencing chronic diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue or anemia and may be concerned that you cannot tolerate gluten, you should contact your health care provider. For more information on the gluten-free diet and hints on reading labels, consider checking out the Celiac Disease Foundation website (www.celiac.org) or celiac.com website (www.celiac.com).