Avoiding gluten has become a mainstream diet fad. On one hand, avoiding the protein found in wheat can be beneficial. Many food products that include gluten are processed, like packaged cookies and cereal or lunchmeats. They could also be fried in batter, which we all know is unhealthy. Cutting out gluten can also mean increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet.
But, unless you have Celiac disease, which means your body is actually incapable of processing gluten without damaging your digestive system, eliminating all foods with gluten may not be the magic bullet you’re looking for. In fact, skipping whole grains can leave you without important vitamins.
To help you sift through the noise and hype behind the gluten-free mania, we dug through the research to figure out what’s fact and what’s myth.
— Leah Bhabha, Lifestyle Mirror
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