If you’re not familiar with gluten, it is protein found in found in wheat, barley, and rye. Recently, there has been claims that cutting out gluten from your diet can help you lose weight, be more energetic, and even that gluten is the cause of diseases such as diabetes and autism.
There is no reason why anyone without gluten intolerance should avoid it. In fact, gluten-free diets can be deficient in fibre, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc if you are not careful. Media and marketing have also swayed people to believe that a gluten free cake is healthier than a cake made with normal flour, even though they are both made with sugar for example. This is complete nonsense, what is healthy or unhealthy is just that, regardless of the gluten content. You can have a healthy diet with or without gluten, there is nothing magical about eliminating gluten that results in weight loss or any other health benefits. The key is always moderation.