Monday, April 01, 2013

What's up with this gluten thing?

From Fox pundit Bill O'Reilly to my niece, people are swearing off gluten. But experts at the University of Alabama Birmingham says this is not a normal weight-loss strategy.

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.

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