Health Tip: Make Good Gluten-Free Choices

(HealthDay News) -- For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for those who don't have the disease, gluten-free isn't necessarily better.

The Cleveland Clinic explains:

  • A gluten-free diet isn't a proven way to lose weight. You're better advised to eat a diet rich in fresh, whole foods and avoid processed fare.
  • Some gluten-free foods are more nutritious than others. For example, an apple -- which is naturally gluten free -- is better for you than gluten-free cookies.
  • Gluten-free products may still be high in fat, calories and sugar. Always read food labels.

-- Diana Kohnle

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