Is A Gluten Free Diet Healthier: Fact or Fiction?

September 5, 2017

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Gluten free is a foodie buzz word, where many say that dropping wheat gluten from your diet is the key to higher energy, weight loss, and lower levels of inflammation. While avoiding gluten for those with celiac disease is a matter of life and death, many have adopted a gluten free diet for their improved health.  But is that true?  A nutrition expert takes a look at the top three selling factors of going gluten free to see if it's fact or fiction.  Gluten Free Selling Factor Number One, going gluten free will help you lose weight.  Not true.  While you may see a drop in your weight after ditching gluten, it's more likely you are avoiding those foods that were filled with calories as well that contained gluten.  However there is no scientific evidence that a gluten free diet is a long term sustainable weight management system.  In fact, even if you were to stick to being gluten free long term, the likelihood is that you will find less healthy gluten-free options, eat more, and return to your previous weight.  Gluten Free Selling Factor Number Two: It's better for your health.  Once again, not necessarily true.  Gluten is in a many carb and processed foods.  While a diet of processed foods is not the healthiest, grains are part of a balanced diet and gluten is a protein complex that accounts for 75 to 85% of the total protein in bread wheat. Gluten Free Selling Factor Number Three: You can tell if you are intolerant.  Many people say they can tell they're gluten intolerant because they felt better ditching gluten.  That is false.  Only a doctor or health care professional can make that call and you should consult a doctor if you feel you have celiac disease.  Again the euphoria felt in dropping gluten foods is that it’s from not eating as many processed foods. 


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