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Myth: You should cut out gluten to lose weight or be healthy

TRUTH: Going gluten free is very popular these days – a new study says that 80% of people on a gluten free diet do not have celiac disease.  80%! To be fair, some of those people are probably gluten sensitive and only about 1 in 5 people with Celiac disease are diagnosed but still, that’s about 1.6 million people on a gluten-free diet unnecessarily.

Gluten is simply a protein found in some grains (wheat, barley and rye) and foods made with those grains.  Gluten-free whole grains include corn, rice, millet, and quinoa. Between ‘gluten containing’ and ‘gluten free’ grains, there’s only a negligible nutritional difference (with the exception of flax and chia).

If you’re not gluten sensitive, consuming gluten has no impact on your health or weight.  If you opt out of eating gluten, you won’t be getting as much fiber, iron, or B vitamins and you’ll pay much higher prices at the grocery store.

BOTTOM LINE: Opting into a gluten free diet costs money and nutrients.   If you’re gluten tolerant, save the money and buy more unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  1. Web MD: The Truth About Gluten
  2. Forbes: Is a Gluten Free Diet Right for You? An Expert Weighs In

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