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6 Myths about Gluten-Free Diets (Slideshow)

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6 Myths about Gluten-Free Diets (Slideshow)

 

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.

See Also: 8 Common Cooking Myths (Slideshow)

 

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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:49AM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Thank you for sharing, I didn't realise that people with coeliac disease could be so sensitive to gluten. I shall take more care when preparing gluten free foods.

3:06AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

4:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Thank you.

9:55PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

great to know

11:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Actually quite an honest article, doesn't try to slant or distort any of the myths. I had a girlfriend with Celiac's so I learned all about it then. Not something I would want to have to put up with since I grew up on the wheatfields of Nebraska, & used to chew wheat kernels to make gum out of them when I was plowing the fields.

2:28AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

I'm always interested to see gluten-free articles. Unfortunately I DO love bread and keep looking for a good-tasting bread w/out gluten. :)

11:42AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

FYI. New research is finding that many people with non-celiac gluten sensitivities actually have reactions to the fructans in wheat, rye, and barley, rather than the glutens. Good news for those who test negative for reactions to gluten but still react to the foods, but more difficult to manage because even more foods need to be added to the list to avoid.

2:16PM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

I'm just embarking on a gluten-free life now so any info is beneficial to me. Thank you.

7:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks

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