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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

 
Today's Dieting Advice

Gluten-free foods are not for weight loss. The only people who benefit from them are the gluten-intolerant.

Here's the money quote:

When manufacturers create a gluten-free product, they remove the wheat protein from the food by swapping wheat flour for another flour such as almond, rice, corn or even bean.

However, this missing gluten makes it difficult for breads and bakery products to retain their shape and softness as they cook.

To alleviate this, additives (such as xanthum gum and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) or corn starch are introduced. Extra sugar and fat are also added to the products to make them tastier. The result is that gluten-free bread can actually add pounds to your waistline.

The only benefit of gluten-free foods is that the gluten intolerant can tolerate them. For pure dieting, stick with wheat flour and other natural gluten sources. Just eat less of it, because most dieters need to cut carbs.

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