This Is the Biggest Misconception About Going Gluten-Free, According to a Nutritionist

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In certain wellness circles, “gluten” has become a dirty word over the past few years. But did you know there’s a super common gluten-free habit that could be even worse for you than eating gluten in the first place?

According to Dr. Mike Roussell, Ph.D., a nutritionist and co-founder of Neutein, it’s equating gluten-free with healthy.

Basically, don’t assume that just because, say, a cookie, is labeled gluten-free that you can go wild and eat five.

“A gluten-free cookie is still a cookie—and probably worse for you than a non-gluten-free cookie,” he told us. “Many gluten-free flours like rice, potato starch or tapioca flour are ultra-processed, refined carbohydrates and completely devoid of nutrients.”

So there you have it: Regardless of whether or not gluten is a part of your life, indulge in moderation.

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Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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