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Nutrition: Should You Cut Gluten?
Gluten-free diets have been popularized by celebrities and diet books, but in general it is not necessary to cut gluten, the protein in wheat, barley, and rye, unless you have a documented gluten sensitivity orÂ your health care team directs you to do so.
Don’t switch to gluten-free products if you think they are lower in carbohydrate. Often they contain more carbohydrate because sugar and other carb-containing ingredients replace wheat or other gluten-containing grains.
Likewise, don’t shun gluten to lose weight or gain energy. If it helps you to shed pounds or feel peppier, itâ€™s likely not because youâ€™ve given up gluten. Itâ€™s because youâ€™ve given up extra calories by avoiding many breads, pastas, cookies, crackers, and other foods that contain gluten. Trading desserts and snack bars for fruits and vegetables will boost most anyoneâ€™s energy.
Finally, don’t choose gluten-free foods because you think they are more nutritious. Unlike regular breads, cereals, and pastas, most gluten-free varieties are not enriched with B vitamins and iron.
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