Gluten free food sounds as if it should be healthy and low calorie. Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow are just three famous names who have publicly stated they are on a gluten free diet.
There is a long list of other A list celebrities who also claim to be gluten free too. Some like actor Rachel Weisz are sensitive to wheat so avoid gluten because it is an easy way to avoid wheat products.
As well as medical reasons, these days going gluten free is seen as fashionable and with the wide range of gluten free products on the market, it seems that this trend is increasingly popular and leads to sure-fire weight loss.
It all seems a bit strange to equate gluten free with health and fitness. After all gluten free diets and foods are specifically aimed at people who suffer from Coelic disease (also spelt as celiac disease) a medical condition where people have a serious reaction to gluten that goes way beyond a mild food intolerance.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissue.
Although scientists have yet to understand why the substances inside gluten trigger this response, this debilitating disease can damage intestines and interfere with the way that your body absorbs food and nutrients.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and shows up in bread, pasta and anything containing these grains, including beer.
Gluten Means Fattening?
Think about gluten and you can see instantly that many foods that contain gluten are fattening. Cut out bread, pasta, cakes beer and sauces for example and you probably will lose weight. Many people have been quick to leap to this conclusion and have gone gluten free for weight loss.
If you cut out processed foods, most of which contains gluten, and replace with fresh fruit and vegetables, this will help you lose weight. However unless you really have Coeliac disease, or a wheat intolerance there is no need to follow a gluten free diet or buy expensive gluten free products.
The food companies have been quick to market numerous gluten free food products as being good for health yet in many cases, these are packed with sugar and carbohydrates so have no real advantage to weight loss.
It is good news for Coeliac disease sufferers to have such a wide range of food available these days but there is no real advantage to going gluten free if you do not need to.
Going gluten free does not necessarily add up to good health and weight loss.