Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman on January 10, 2017

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SPEAKER: Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Some people need to avoid it but should you? Let's dig into the truth.

Should everyone go gluten free to eat healthier? No. It's really a diet for people have a health condition that makes gluten hurt their gut like celiac disease. If that's not you, then giving up foods with gluten could cause you to fall short on nutrients like fiber and B vitamins.

If you eat gluten free snacks instead of regular ones, will it help you lose extra weight? No. It's not a proven way to drop pounds. Instead, try to cut back on processed meals and snacks, fill up on whole foods, and watch your portion sizes.

So do all grains have gluten? Nope. Rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet are all gluten free. If you're thinking about giving your diet a makeover, talk to your doctor or a dietitian first.