It's not overrated if you're actually gluten intollerant. Then you need it to not be sick. However, I do think it's a bit weird the way wheat seems to have been demonised in the past few years, with even people who aren't gluten intollerant avoiding it.
I'm a firm believer that (as long as you don't have an actual, medically diagnosed allergy or intolerance) then a balanced diet, including wheat and other gluteny grains, is essential. I was devastated when I was diagnosed with coeliac disease before Christmas. Being gluten free is proving to be expensive and difficult - and I don't have a lot of support for it. I could not imagine why on earth anyone would do this unless they truly needed to!
Not for people who have a genuine wheat intolerance. My father has a very serious condition associated with eating wheat, so for him, it's necessary to the quality of his life. However I think gluten free has come to be seen as a health buzz, when the majority of humans have no trouble with gluten at all. Eating gluten free for health reasons - without a genuine medical reason for it - is definitely over rated!
I don't think so! I have two friends who are gluten intolerant and have seen first hand what happens if they eat gluten. I can't imagine anyone doing this if they didn't have to. Anything gluten free I've tried has been awful, although my friends tell me it's improving all the time.
Recently I was listening to a man interviewing people who have gone gluten-free. He asked them what is gluten and most did not even know. Some people are definitely allergic but that is a small percentage of the population. Most are just following the fad.
As a diabetic, if I was gluten intolerant, I would be in a bit of a hole as most of the subsitutes for wheaten flour, such as potato flour and tapioca flour, put the blood sugar up. I am not allowed much bread anyway and certainly not white. I read an interesting letter from a lady on a GF blog, whose husband was reacting to bread in general: she discovered quite by accident that if she left her homemade bread to prove overnight, he had no bloating, gas or discomfort. It was an interesting observation, I thought. Maybe everything is just made in too much of a hurry these days.