For decades, people with Celiac disease and other sensitivities to gluten have struggled to educate their friends and family about their condition, and even find the foods they need to eat a healthy, balanced diet. In the past few years, however, awareness of gluten-free living has exploded, and even people without recognized gluten intolerances are going along for the ride. For some followers, and their critics, eating gluten-free is just a fad; for others, it’s the only way to manage a serious medical condition. So it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of half truths and even myths out there surrounding gluten-free eating.
Click through to dispel some of the myths surrounding gluten.
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1. Myth: Gluten Free Diets can Help Anyone Lose Weight.
Reality: Want to cut out gluten to shed some pounds? Think again. Adopting a gluten-free diet — without a clear medical reason to — is not the best strategy for losing weight. Why? Well, if you’re simply trading foods with gluten in them for foods without gluten, you could very well end up gaining weight, because gluten-free foods are often more calorie dense than the alternative. Even people with Celiac’s can and often do, gain weight from going gluten-free, because their body can actually absorb these nutrients better.
That doesn’t mean you won’t lose weight — as with any diet, if you make good food choices, including plenty of fruits, veggies, protein and healthy gluten-free foods, you can certainly lose weight. But don’t think that replacing your gluten foods with the gluten-free alternative is a failsafe way to lose a few pounds.
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