Not gluten-free. Humans have been eating gluten-containing grains, happily and healthily, for tens of thousands of years. I occasionally make all-singing, all-dancing, gluten-free recipes because I occasionally have to feed people who are allergic.
There is no substantial evidence that low-gluten diets are effective for weight loss. Julie Jones in her measured critique of Wheat Belly notes:
– Elimination of wheat from the diet is the “holy
grail” of weight loss. In his patient population, he recounts numer-
ous occurrences of rapid, effortless weight loss of 10, 20, or even 50
or more pounds simply by elimination of wheat from the diet. He
attributes the success of low-carbohydrate diets to the elimination
– Rapid weight loss often occurs with adherence to
any weight loss diet in the short run. Studies and testimonials
documenting dramatic weight loss abound, especially when the
diets are low in carbohydrates (3–7). Recommendations to
eliminate wheat in conjunction with the other advice in this
book reveal the Wheat Belly diet to be a low-carbohydrate diet.
While it is true that such diets have been shown to cause more
rapid weight loss than other diets in the initial 6 months follow-
ing such a regimen, they do not result in greater weight loss
over time and result in more dropouts than other diet types that
are more balanced and do not eliminate entire food groups."
Full text here: www.aaccnet.org/publications/plexus/cfw/pa
Gluten-free is not intrinsically a weight loss diet and even the coeliac community wishes to say so: noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/
Edited by: BILBY4 at: 9/5/2013 (20:18)
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