Are gluten-free diets healthy for everyone?

Posted by Grace Fjeldberg, R.D.N.
May 06, 2013

Q. I hear a lot about gluten-free diets – are they healthy for everyone?

A. If you do not have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or dermatitis herpetiformis (a blistering skin condition resulting from gluten intolerance), a gluten-free diet is not necessary and may actually nutritionally compromise your diet. Many processed gluten-free foods are higher in saturated fat and sugar to make products more flavorful. The added sugars and fat can have a negative impact on weight and weight-related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, research suggests a diet high in gluten may be beneficial in lowering triglycerides.

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What about those with Thyroid Disease? Specifically Hashimoto's. The gliadin protein in gluten mimics that of the thyroid tissue. I have been tested and do not have a gluten sensitivity. Thanks.

Casey - 05/26/2014

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