There is a lot of misinformation about gluten out there. So I am going to reiterate from prior posts, the facts and fallacies of the gluten free diet.
This trend, which many people believe is better for them, is not necessarily intended for everyone. Those who don’t necessarily need it may use it to lose weight. Weight loss occurs because going gluten free means consuming fewer carbs. But one can restrict simple carbs without going gluten free, while preserving healthy carb choices such as whole grain breads and cereals.
Gluten is a protein. Generally speaking, protein is good for us. It builds muscle, repairs tissue, it helps you lose weight. Hair and nails are mostly protein. Your body uses protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. So why limit proteins unless you really have to?
Also, commercial gluten free foods contain more sugar, fat and salt, less fiber (an important part of good diet and gut health) than regular foods.
Of course, if you have celiac disease, gluten can harm your digestive tract, and should be avoided. A biopsy of your intestine is required to confirm this diagnosis. Some people have a gluten sensitivity that a doctor can also confirm.
Before going gluten free, confirm the proper diagnosis so you don’t needlessly eliminate any heathy elements of your diet, or introduce more expensive, less healthy options.
Here is an article from Silver Sneakers, with more information.