Gluten: Benefit or Harm?

Gluten is a protein naturally found in some grains including wheat. Negative media attention on gluten has caused some people to doubt its place in a healthful diet. Gluten can cause serious side effects in some individuals, such as those with celiac disease. But for most people, there is no data to show a specific benefit in following a gluten-free diet. Researchers have found no association between gluten consumption and heart disease risk. And gluten may act as a prebiotic, feeding the “good” bacteria in our bodies. If you aren’t gluten-intolerant, whole grains are a better choice than processed gluten-free products.