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Do Now U! Is a Gluten-Free Diet Beneficial to Your Health?

NCSCE and KQED are partnering on a new pilot project, Do Now U. Do Now U engages undergraduate students in online discussions about current scientific issues through the innovative use of social media.

The Do Now U post, “Is a Gluten-Free Diet Beneficial to Your Health?”, created by students majoring in nutrition at Lipscomb University, is now live on KQED’s website.

In the post, students detail the the need for a gluten-free diet for people suffering from celiac disease and gluten intolerance, as well as some of the misconceptions of omitting gluten from a diet for non-medical reasons. The post has already generated conversation in the comments section and on social media platforms, such as Twitter, using #DoNowUGluten. Conversations center around the desire to lead a healthy lifestyle, learning more about the foods that we eat, and the trend for food companies to label naturally gluten-free or gluten cross-contaminated food as “gluten free.”

Join the Conversation!
Do you need a warm up exercise or extra credit assignment for your course? Do you want to expand your class discussion beyond the walls of your lecture hall? Incorporate #DoNowUGluten #DoNowUGluten in your lesson plan.

Previous Do Now U Posts

“Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?”#DoNowUTurf

“The Fate of Polio: Eradication or Elimination?”#DoNowUPolio

“How Would you Balance Wildlife Conservation with Economic Growth?” – #DoNowUGrouse

If you are interested in having your class create Do Now U posts during future semesters, please contact Hailey Chenevert at for more information.

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