How to Know if You Should Go Gluten-Free - The Leaf

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Gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye, has gotten a lot of buzz-and a lot of blame-in the weight loss world in recent years. Thinking that going gluten-free may help chase away those pesky extra pounds, many people are embarking on this type of diet to lose weight. But, according to research in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, there is no evidence to support that a gluten-free diet aids in weight loss.

5 Reasons You Do not Need to Gluten Free

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Kicking gluten to the curb is not really necessary, unless you have a medical condition or gluten Sensitivity. The gluten-free diet is most appropriate for people with wheat allergies, celiac disease or an autoimmune disorder, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

So, how do you know if gluten-free is the way to go ? Listen to Your Body.Pay attention to how you feel after consuming foods containing gluten, like most beers, breads, candies, cakes and pies, cereals, etc. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include digestive issues, fatigue and brain fog, feeling dizzy or off balance, migraine headaches, inflammation and pain in your joints, and mood disorders. 5 Healthy-Sounding Foods to Beware

See Your Doctor.If you suspect that gluten is wreaking havoc on your health, schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian. You can search the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' database of registered dietitians by zip code. You may also want to talk to your doctor about being tested for an autoimmune disorder.

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