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Weight Loss Resolution? Going Gluten-Free Won’t Help

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gluten-free strawberry shortcakeA poll of registered dietitians found gluten free diets are predicted to be the “most popular approach to weight loss” in 2013 – proving just how gaga Americans go for food fads. Gluten-free eating may be a good idea for some, but in general there's no reason to think going gluten-free will lead to weight loss.

“Consumers believe that gluten-free will help them lose weight, but the research does not support this claims,” NYC-based RD Jenna A. Bell told FoodNavigator-USA.

“Dietitians recognized this as a fad and a trend for 2013 among consumers, but it's not a recommended strategy for weight reduction.”

Unless you have celiac disease or a clinically diagnosed gluten intolerance, there's no reason to think gluten-free will be best for weight loss or overall health. Since many gluten-free foods are calorie dense, people on gluten-free diets often gain weight, says Center for Celiac Research dietitian Pamela Cureton.

Gluten-free diets are also lower in certain vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, zinc, iron and folate.