Dr. Oz and other health experts have recently discussed many individuals looking toward gluten free diets and foods as part of a weight loss program. In fact, Celiac disease is seen is over 3 million Americans and may represent a hidden epidemic. High risk individuals are often of Irish ancestry. If you suffer with abdominal symptoms particularly after ingesting wheat and other grains you should let your doctor know so a simple blood test can be performed. It is essential to be a label detective and understand prohibited grains include: wheat, rye, barely, malt, among others. It is not uncommon to have gluten hidden in various foods such as: beer, alcoholic beverages, soy sauce, salad dressing, and flavored coffees. Many individuals and prominent celebrities, tennis players, athletes go to gluten free diet restriction in hope of improving stamina and endurance. Bottom line: there is no need to avoid gluten and related grains if you in fact are not truly gluten sensitive or have Celiac disease. There are a variety of digestive and gastrointestinal conditions that can mimic gluten intolerance as well as food allergies. Get evaluated if you are having any of these problems.

In terms of avoiding Gluten as a means of weight loss, over consumption of gluten free foods may add calories that can actually result in weight gain.