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Afraid of the G-Word? 10 Facts About Gluten

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To eat gluten, or not to eat gluten. If you watch what you eat or are on a diet, odds are you’ve wondered whether or not you should cut out gluten products—anything containing wheat, barley or rye. Tons of diets have cut out this food group, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you or that you should stop eating it.

The gluten-free fad has sparked debate among health professionals, arguing the pros and cons of  gluten in your diet. But many experts can agree that cutting out gluten also cuts out a lot of high fiber and nutrient-rich products too, resulting in the need to ensure these losses are consumed through other foods. So don’t be afraid of the G-word any more.

Check out these ten facts about gluten and think twice before going gluten-free…

1. Gluten Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain

With all of the gluten-free diets around, a lot of people automatically jump to the conclusion that gluten is unhealthy and causes you to gain weight or prevents you from losing pounds. Add in celebrities and prominent public figures going gluten-free and more people believe in this misconception as health fact. In most situations, gluten doesn’t cause weight gain. In fact, many gluten-free products often contain more carbs and sugar than their glutenous counterparts, which blasts the theory that gluten-free is low-carb and will result in weight loss. Instead, gluten-free could actually add to your waistline.

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