What to know about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and gluten-free diets.
Benefits of Gluten-Free Diet
Gluten-free diets do help people who are sensitive to gluten, Dennis says.
Still, there's no proof that a gluten-free diet helps with other conditions or with weight loss.
"There's a misconception that it's very, very healthy and you're automatically going to lose weight on it," Dennis says. "Not true. It's not necessarily healthy. It has to be done properly."
If you're buying gluten-free products, check to see if they are fortified with nutrients like similar products that contain gluten. Read the label to check on carbs, fat, sodium, and fiber.
You might also try gluten-free baking at home, using grains that are certified to be gluten-free, such as quinoa, amaranth, or millet.