5 Major Mistakes You’re Making on a Gluten-Free Diet
Many people need to follow a gluten-free diet for serious health reasons, like those diagnosed with celiac disease (an autoimmune disease). But some go gluten-free seeking weight loss or to test whether they have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. In fact, the number of people without celiac disease who tried a gluten-free diet increased from 44 to 72 percent between 2009 and 2014.
Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found in wheat, barley, spelt, and rye. Not all carb-rich foods contain gluten—for example, rice and potatoes are naturally gluten-free. The gluten-free diet is simple enough: avoid any gluten-containing foods, which are now widely marked with a Gluten-Free food label.
While the gluten-free diet has numerous benefits, if not done properly, you may also suffer from some serious side effects.
Whether you’re considering going gluten-free or are already following the restrictive diet, you should be aware of these major mistakes you can make on the diet.
1. You become too strict with your diet
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics revealed that young adults who valued gluten-free diets showed a strong interest in overall health and nutrition—but, they were also more likely to be preoccupied with weight and to embrace unhealthy weight control behaviors such as smoking, relying on diet pills, and purging.