Should I choose gluten-free foods for my health?
Many people choose gluten-free foods because they believe these products help them lose weight or feel healthier. Studies have not shown that gluten-free products are any healthier than foods with gluten.2 If you stop eating gluten, you may miss important nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Look at the Nutrition Facts label and ingredients list to tell whether the food is healthy.
Of course, some people need to avoid gluten because of celiac disease or gluten intolerance. If you think you may have celiac disease, talk to your doctor or nurse before you switch to gluten-free products, because it is harder to diagnose celiac disease if you stop eating foods with gluten.