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Does gluten cause weight gain?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Gluten does not make you fat. In fact, people who can't tolerate gluten often lose weight when they eat it. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. In some people, gluten damages the intestines, causing a condition called celiac disease. Symptoms of celiac disease include stomach pain, diarrhea and fatigue. Many people with celiac disease also lose weight since their damaged intestines can't absorb nutrients from food properly. Eating gluten is not known to cause weight gain.
  • AJudy Caplan, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    No. Gluten is in carbohydrates and if you limit the total amount of carbohydrates whether they contain gluten or not, you should not gain weight. Weight gain comes from eating too many calories and not enough exercise to burn off the excess calories. Gluten is a protein in wheat that some people are allergic to.
  • AJessica Crandall, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Gluten itself does not cause weight gain if eaten in moderation. However, gluten is in many products such as crackers, bread, pasta, etc. that we tend to overindulge in. If you consume a healthy balanced diet and you are not gluten intolerant, there is no reason gluten has to be avoided to lose weight.

  • AKaren Ansel, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Despite the hype you may have heard, gluten absolutely does not cause weight gain. In fact, giving up gluten and loading up on gluten free packaged foods may cause you to gain weight. When food manufacturers remove gluten from foods, taste and texture suffer so they often add more fat and sugar to compensate for this. If you want to slim down your best bet is a well-balanced reduced-calorie diet that contains plenty of naturally filling whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy products.

  • AMegan Ware, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    No. The only reason to avoid gluten is if you have an allergy or sensitivity to it.
  • AJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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    It can if you are eating a lot of gluten-free sweets and treats. Interestingly, gluten-free foods may actually have more calories than the traditionally baked products. Often times extra fat added to the food to make the product taste better. Adding fat, adds calories to the food. 

    All individuals, whether with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, should work with a registered dietitian to develop a healthy, well-balanced diet that meets their unique medical and nutritional needs and better manager their weight. You can find a local registered dietitian at: www.eatright.org.
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