Advocates of this diet, including Gwyneth Paltrow
, say that cutting out gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley rye and oats) is a healthy option for all and can lead to weight loss.
The BDA is sceptical. They point out that while this kind of diet is important for those with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity
, there's no credible published research showing that a gluten-free diet leads to weight loss in those without. Many foods that contain gluten, including bread, cakes and biscuits
, are high in calories, so by avoiding them, many lose weight.
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