Is Gluten-Free Good For You?

Yes and no, say Cleveland Clinic nutrition and heart experts.

Going gluten-free is making headlines as todays perfect diet. From Olympic athletes to Hollywood stars and those who just want to feel better, a gluten-free diet is touted as the gold standard for becoming healthier. From claims of losing weight to improving cardiovascular health, many say removing gluten-the protein in wheat, barley or rye flour-is the answer. In 2011, Americans spent $2.64 billion on foods and beverages without gluten, up from $210 million in 2001. But, is a gluten-free diet really the answer for good health? It depends, advise Cleveland Clinic Womens Cardiovascular Center dietary experts.
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