Dietician Says 'Gluten Free' Foods Not Actually Healthier

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- You see those 'gluten free' labels everywhere now, but is it actually healthier?

Most people assume those foods are healthier, but RMH Dietician Emily Shaber says otherwise.

She says gluten free foods actually tend to have more calories.

A WHSV reporter visited a store to investigate and found that most gluten free foods had at least 30 more calories than the regular versions.

"Gluten is a protein that holds a bread structure. Other flours, for example, like potato flour and rice flour need to be more dense and the bread needs to be heavier just because it doesn't have that structural support that gluten provides," said Shaber.

She says cutting out all gluten can help your diet, but substituting them for gluten free versions may not help you lose weight.

If you're allergic to gluten, though, it's a good idea to avoid it.

"For now, there's no health benefits other than helping those with an allergy," said Shaber.


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