As a Holistic Nutrition Educator, over and over I hear people say, "It's Gluten-Free" - like that's a GOOD thing!
While reducing or avoiding gluten in our diet may be a healthier choice, especially for those with Celiac disease or "wheat intolerance", replacing it with highly refined gluten-free food products isn't a good idea. Just because an item in labeled "gluten-free" does NOT mean it's healthy!
Gluten-free products are often made with highly refined grains and are low in nutrients, loaded with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and preservatives, and are high in calories.
A healthy, gluten-free diet includes nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory foods such as healthy fats, lean clean proteins, organic produce, and gluten-free whole grain (rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, etc.). As always, if you choose to consume cookies, breads, and snack "foods", they should be consumed only as occasional treats - whether they're gluten-free or not.