Should You Go Gluten Free?

Gluten is often blamed for weight gain, bloating and stomach struggles, but do you really need to eliminate it from your diet? An expert weighs in

bowl of spaghetti pasta

Pasta has gluten, but there are gluten-free variants available.

Going gluten-free is essential if you have coeliac disease, but if you’re just giving up gluten to be “healthier” or lose weight, watch out. When dietitian Sue Shepherd followed a group who cut out gluten for a year, she found they gained 3 kg, and were more likely to be deficient in fibre, calcium, B1 and iron.

“Gluten-free diets can be very high GI (Glycemic Index) as people often eat a lot of white rice and gluten-free bread,” says Australian naturopath Katherine Maslen. If you want to quit gluten, she suggests using a healthy mix of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables and legumes as substitutes rather than relying on processed gluten-free alternatives.

Text: Good Health, Bauer Syndication / Additional Reporting: Zarelda Marie Goh
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