If there’s one health craze that is taking over the world right now, the gluten-free diet would have to be it. While flagging gluten is life-changing for people who have a genuine intolerance, many people are opting for a gluten-free lifestyle to lose weight or make a healthy change to their diet, without fully understanding the impact of cutting out gluten.
While too much gluten can be bad for our bodies, dietitians are strongly warning against fully cutting gluten out of our diets if we do not have to. With a recent study finding that most people who are cutting gluten out of their diets are not doing it because they have celiac disease, dietitians are now looking to bust the most common myths about gluten that lead people to believe that it is bad for them.
Here’s exactly what you need to know.
1. Gluten is bad for everyone
According to celiac disease expert Dr. Peter Green, many people believe that like sugar, gluten is bad for everybody. However, the truth is that gluten is not actually harmful unless you have an intolerance. “There’s no evidence that a gluten-free diet is beneficial for people without celiac disease, and a small portion of people with other issues,” Dr. Green told Refinery29. In fact, whole grains that contain gluten are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and have also been linked with the lowering of cholesterol and blood-pressure levels.