Monday, April 01, 2013
What's up with this gluten thing?
There is no experimental evidence to show a gluten-free diet is beneficial for the general population, they say.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that damages the intestines of those with Celiac Disease (CD), according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. There is also such a thing as non-Celiac gluten intolerance.
But a gluten-free diet can lack fiber, iron, calcium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and folate.
Some people drop all gluten foods just because they read about it, then find it confining and get a blood test to see if they have CD.
To lose weight--sorry, folks--eliminating grains (we used to say carbs) is only a start toward taking in fewer calories.
As for gobbling up more cereal or bread because it says "gluten free," well, you know where that can lead.