Gluten-free Products

May 8, 2012

Can gluten-free products help you lose weight?

David Lotsoff, MD, gastroenterologist with

Mercy Clinic Digestive Disease

With so many companies introducing new gluten-free products and celebrities touting a gluten-free diet for weight loss, it leaves many to wonder how these products can help someone to lose weight. Dr. David Lotsoff, gastroenterologist with Mercy Clinic Digestive Disease, says the weight loss more than likely comes from those people paying closer attention to what they are consuming rather than the products themselves.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease (CD) is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.

For more information about gluten-free diet and symptoms of celiac disease, check out Dr. Lotsoff’s interview.

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