Thanks to pop star Miley Cyrus, the health and nutrition world is buzzing about a gluten-free diet as a means to lose weight. There are lots of different opinions and some of them are quite harsh. Let’s take a closer look at the whole gluten-free-diet-debate.
Gluten is found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye; and it gives baked goods the chewy texture that most consumers find desirable. Diets excluding gluten are recommended for people with celiac disease, but don’t expect avoiding gluten by itself will encourage weight loss. Any diet too high in grains raises blood sugar, which encourages fat storage. People on gluten-free diets can consume a variety of grains and starches (rice or potatoes, for example) that raise blood sugar. (Source: Policy Mic)
Does that mean you’ll gain weight if you’re on a gluten-free diet? No, not per se. Everyone is different and has different responses. But if you start a gluten-free diet there’s indeed a possibility you’ll lose some weight… How you may wonder? Since there’s gluten in lots of delicious yet unhealthy food, cutting back on them will most likely affect your weight positively. Take pizza for example: gluten-intolerant or not, cutting back on pizza helps you shedding those pounds! But remember, eating a gluten-free brownie, will most definitely not help you lose weight. Even though it’s gluten-free…
But to be honest, I’m also a bit concerned about Miley. One day she’s called fat ’cause she looks normal and healthy, the other day she’s called anorexic, ’cause she’s been hitting the gym and on a healthy diet. Poor thing. Jeanne Vickery, who responded on Policy Mic said, in my opinion, something very important. I quote:
“I’m concerned though that Miley’s tweet has been taken way out of context. The actual tweet was, “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight, it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!” Food sensitivities do exist and some people do not tolerate gluten as readily as others. Further, research has found that there are people who are sensitive to gluten but do not have celiac disease. The only way to really know is to eliminate gluten from your diet. By eliminating gluten, Cyrus found that gluten was, indeed, ‘crapppp’ for her. “
Conclusion: No, a gluten-free diet doesn’t do miracles. It can help some people. But the most important thing if you want to lose weight is that you exercise and eat healthy (according to your specific needs)