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The gluten-free diet for weight loss: fact or fiction?

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in celebrities and health bloggers promoting the use of a gluten-free diet for weight loss. Claimants say it improves digestion and boosts energy levels, but does the science back up these wild claims?

Gluten is a protein found mostly in grains such as wheat and barley. It is known to inflame and damage the intestines of people with celiac disease. For those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas and diarrhea. A gluten-free diet is the only treatment for these conditions. But for the vast majority of the population, gluten poses no risk and should not be avoided.