Consumer Reports: Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Weight-Loss Diets, Stupid



It is my great pleasure to report that Consumer Reports has just confirmed everything we’ve ever said, written or otherwise thought about gluten-free diets: Namely, that they aren’t weight-loss diets, stupid. (The “stupid,” of course, is my addition, but I think it’s overwhelmingly implied.)

The story basically boils down to this: Gluten-free diets are not “diets” in the sense of weight-loss and calorie deficits and bikini bodies and all that. In fact, unless it is medically necessary, a gluten-free diet isn’t recommended for the average Joe or Jane because going GF may actually cause you to miss out on important nutrients your body needs.

Still, a lot of people aren’t getting the message. Listen to this:

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 63 percent thought that following a gluten-free diet would improve physical or mental health. About a third said they buy gluten-free products or try to avoid gluten. Among the top benefits they cited were better digestion and gastrointestinal function, healthy weight loss, increased energy, lower cholesterol, and a stronger immune system.


Unfortunately, none of those beliefs have any kind of scientific backing. In its latest investigation, Consumer Reports lays out the cold, hard, irrefutable truth about unnecessarily following a gluten-free diet, including the fact that such diets are often less nutritious (and may even cause weight gain) and cost more. Check out the video below for a simplified breakdown of the findings, or go over here to read about it for yourself.

And, please, consider yourself informed, once and for all.

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