Dr Oz: Gluten-Free Diet Makes You Gain Weight: The Gluten Myth

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Dr Oz: Gluten-Free Diet Makes You Gain Weight: The Gluten Myth

By on March 23, 2011

Dr Oz Gluten Free Diet

Dr Oz Gluten Diet

Dr Oz’s show today was called “The Gluten Myth: Is It Really Making Us Fat?”  Turns out, the answer might just be yes!  Is gluten the real enemy these days?  Millions of people currently think that gluten is the #1 thing that is preventing them from losing weight.  Is this a Gluten Myth?  Or is a Gluten-Free Diet a new way to lose weight?

Dr Oz Gluten-Free Products

Doctor Oz said that Gluten is what makes bagels chewy and dough elastic.  Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.  The Dr Oz Gluten-Free Dietscary thing is that 99% of people who have a Gluten Sensitivity do not even know it.  Gluten is actually a protein, not a carb, that is found in the center of a grain and is found in bread, cereals, pizza, pasta and countless other items.  Only ten years ago, nobody was talking about Gluten-Free Diets, but now there are tons of Gluten-Free Products on the market because people have become more aware of Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity (click here to read more about Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance).  But is it a good idea to go on a Gluten-Free Diet to help you lose weight if you do not have Celiac Disease or a Gluten Sensitivity?

Dr Oz: Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease

Doctor Oz was joined by Dr Mark Hyman, a medical director at the Ultrawellness Center, to discuss Gluten-Free Diets.  Dr Oz said that first it was transfats, then corn syrup and now gluten is getting the blame for being overweight – but is Gluten really a bad guy?  Dr Hyman said that if you have a Gluten Sensitivity, then eating gluten can really hurt your body because it causes inflammation which is linked to 50 disease including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression, Anemia, Arthritis, and even an increase in your risk of Heart Disease and Cancer.

Dr Oz: Celiac Disease

Dr Oz asked how many people think that a Gluten-Free Diet is the same thing as a Low Carb Diet?  If you think this, then you are wrong, because Gluten is actually a protein and not a carb.  A study was done on patients with Celiac Disease and found that 81% of them gained weight when they went on a Gluten-Free Diet, and most of this is due to the Gluten-Free Junk Food on the market.  However, even worse than gaining weight from these Gluten-Free Products is the fact that 20 million Americans have a Gluten Sensitivity and 99% do not even realize it, so they are causing inflammation in their bodies that can cause insulin resistance and a whole slew of other problems (click here to read about Celiac Disease Symptoms: Dr Oz Celiac Disease).  However, if you do not have Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease, then Dr Hyman and Dr Oz both seemed to agree that you should not go on a Gluten-Free Diet, and you should especially avoid Gluten-Free Junk Food because you are paying extra money for products that are just as bad for you if not worse.

Dr Oz: Gluten-Free Diet

Dr Oz brought onto his show Samantha Cassetty RD, a Nutrition Director of Good Housekeeping Research Institute, who said that there are three main problems with Gluten-Free Products:

1.  Gluten-Free Products have more calories.  Cassetty said that Good Housekeeping looked at dozens of regular foods vs Gluten-Free Foods and found that the Gluten-Free options had more calories.  For example, a Gluten-Free Waffle has 270 calories and a regular waffle has 140 calories.  Gluten-Free Crackers have 130 calories, whereas regular crackers have 70 calories.

2.  Gluten-Free Products are lower in fiber, and fiber helps to keep you full so that you do not eat more later on.  A Gluten-Free English Muffin has 1 gram of fiber, whereas a regular English Muffin has 3 grams of fiber.  There are 2 grams of fiber in Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread, compared to 4 grams of fiber in regular whole grain bread.  So by eating these Gluten-Free Products, you are actually eliminating something from your diet that could help you to lose weight!

3.  Gluten-Free Products generally have more Bad Carbs, which spike your blood sugar and make it harder to control cravings, and they may have less Good Carbs as well.

So what is the bottom line?  Dr Oz firmly believes that there is no reason that anyone should be on a Gluten-Free Diet unless there is a medical reason to be on it (such as Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease).

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Comments to Dr Oz: Gluten-Free Diet Makes You Gain Weight: The Gluten Myth

  1. As with any food, you need to know what is in it before you consume it. There are many gluten-free manufacturers that take into consideration what Dr. Oz warns about. Some pre-made gluten-free foods contain more whole grain flours such as sorghum, teff (extremely healthy!), amaranth, oat and even added flax seed meal, etc.

    As for carbs, there are plenty of high carb, sugar-filled gluten-free goodies out there. I like to purchase the ones that are lower in carbs, perhaps that use agave syrup/nectar instead of refined sugar. Many manufacturers are using evaporated cane sugar, which is still high in carbs, but is much less refined than white sugar. Many gluten-free dieters bake with apple sauce instead of sugar.

    The best way to stay healthy is eat healthy foods. That is why I usually make my own gluten-free foods, as does most of my readers. Once you have found a good healthy gluten-free flour blend, you can make the healthiest of breads, as well.

    Adding lots of the right fruits and veggies with an occasional gluten-free baked goodie makes for a safe gluten-free diet.

    If one would research for say, 20 years, how gluten effects us, one might know to avoid it. Check out the best book I ever I read on gluten, “The Gluten Effect” by Doctors Vikki and Richard Petersen. They know their stuff. I went to their medical practice years ago, HealthNow Medical, and they are miracle workers! (I have no gain from this promotion).

    I hope some find this information helpful.

  2. Beverly says:

    If you are going Gluten Free, the best way to do it is to go natural–eat fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt, meat, etc. It is not good to add Gluten Free junk food to your diet any more than it is wise to add regular junk food to your diet. So, if you go the natural route (as my doctor has prescribed in going GF), you don’t consume more calories (fruits/veggies), you get more fiber (fruits/veggies again), and you consume more of the good carbs that are full of vitamins. So, GF is not bad–if you take the correct route. Junk food is junk food is junk food!

  3. Dawn Nyerges says:

    I do have Celiac Spru Disease and find discouraging almost daily. I rarely “eat out” as I am “afraid” of how the food has been processed. I discovered that I was a Celiac 7½ yrs. ago, confirmed at the Cleveland Clinic. I had lost about 30 pounds, was very tired and felt horrible almost daily. I have maintained a strict diet of gluten free since that time and, of course, found that 30 lbs + that I had lost. Exercise is hard to do for me as I have two artificial knees, two rods in my back with six screws, a Heliflex patch on my heart, a stroke, gull bladder removed, all in the last six yrs. I’m wore out! I am now allergic to milk products too. I would love to be on Dr. Oz show so that he can instruct me personally “how to lose weight” with the right exercise/diet. Oh, I am now 60 yrs. old, feel great but am still tired. Thank you listening….there are a lot of us out there.

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