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Calories in Gluten-Free Foods: How Do They Stack Up?

By January 2, 2014

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I keep hearing that gluten-free foods contain more calories than their gluten-containing counterparts. This obviously would be a problem for those of us hoping to lose some weight on the gluten-free diet. But is it really true?

Not consistently, as it turns out.

I spent several days researching the calorie content in various types of common gluten-free products, including breads, snacks and sweets. In a few cases, the gluten-free product versions do come in higher in calories ... but only slightly higher. In other cases, they're actually lower in calories than the gluten-containing versions.

Here are the details:

From what I can tell, your calories aren't going to differ very much unless you eat a whole lot more of the gluten-free products than you would if you were eating the gluten-filled products.

Although some of us do struggle with weight gain on the diet (usually -- but not always -- this affects those who were underweight when originally diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity), it looks like you can rule out higher calories in gluten-free foods as a potential reason for any extra pounds.

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