Misconceptions and Gluten-Free Dieting

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Misconceptions and Gluten-Free Dieting

Maintaining a gluten-free diet is said to promote weight loss and increased energy. What does science say? For many years, people have developed a mentality that the health claim of going “Gluten-free” can be a solution to easy weight loss and energy promotion. Confusion has evolved and the idea of what gluten actually is has been misconstrued. Many people believe that gluten is completely bad and should be cut from the daily diet of the individual. With this misconceived mentality, the common dieter has a new belief that the “breakthrough” to easy dieting and simple weight-loss will arrive if they simply purge this one protein from their eating habits.2 Cleansing oneself of gluten, however, is not needed unless a gluten allergy is present or the specific individual has a disorder in the small intestine that lacks the ability to process gluten completely, also known as celiac disease. Gluten-free foods don’t come cheap, only driving up the bill at the grocery store and putting a bigger gash in the consumer’s pocket under the false pretense that these foods will act as a miracle-dieting supplement to shed some extra pounds.2 Excluding those with gluten allergies and celiac disorder, gluten free diets are not needed nor are they complete alternatives to traditional weight-loss and energy promotion methods because they do not sufficiently fulfill all of the needed nutritional values in a healthy diet. Over time, many myths about dieting have been developed. “Breakthrough methods” and “advance technology” have all discovered new ways to lose weight. While some of these methods may work to a certain extent, others have come to be known as myths having a false aura about their effectiveness.1 One of the myths about dieting is that switching to a gluten-free diet is best way to lose weight.2 Sharon Palmer reinforces this claim in…...

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