How gluten intolerance became the fainting spell of the 21st century

Our meager understanding of gluten intolerance speaks to an age-old blind spot about women's health

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I'm a woman and I am gluten-free. If your first instinct is to make fun of me, you are not alone.

Gluten-free is widely perceived as a lifestyle choice for frivolous women, thus making it an all too easy a target for those who love nothing more than to mock the latest diet fad. Joy Behar called it "baloney," in a recent takedown. "A lot of people here don't eat gluten because someone in their yoga class told them not to," Jimmy Kimmel said in another.

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