Moment/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’re into a gluten-free diet. So what?
Consumer Reports says that many Americans have got the wrong idea if they believe gluten-free foods are always the best choices.
The magazine doesn’t dispute the fact that people with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine, can develop more complications if they consume foods containing white flour, whole wheat flour or semolina, for instance.
However, Laura Moore, a dietitian at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told Consumer Reports, “If you go completely gluten-free without the guidance of a nutritionist, you can develop deficiencies pretty quickly.”
Among the drawbacks about going gluten-free without knowing all the facts is that a diet may cost more plus leave people susceptible to weight gain as well as boost exposure to arsenic.
Ultimately, Consumer Reports says it’s important to read the labels of gluten-free products because some may contain more sugar, sodium and calories than other foods.
The right diet, says the magazine, is one that includes whole grains and whole foods like fruit, vegetables, lean meat and poultry, fish, dairy, legumes and nuts.
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