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Nutrisystem and the Gluten-Free Diet

Can You Do Nutrisystem If You're Also Gluten-Free?

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Updated December 24, 2013

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The Nutrisystem diet program isn't gluten-free-friendly

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Question: Can you do the Nutrisystem weight loss program if you're also gluten-free?

Answer: Sadly, no. Nutrisystem — a weight-loss program that includes mainly prepared food — requires participants to purchase their meals directly from the company. Almost all those meals contain gluten ingredients.

Nutrisystem breakfast choices include an assortment of muffins, donuts and pancakes (none of which are gluten-free, of course), lunch features lots of pasta dishes, noodles and sandwich melts, and dinner offerings include pizza, mac and cheese and more pasta dishes.

You might be able to cobble together a few days' worth of meals that include no obvious gluten ingredients. But a customer service representative told me (honestly) that those meals weren't intended for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and so wouldn't have been protected against gluten cross-contamination in processing.

Many consumers have requested gluten-free meal choices, and Nutrisystem may develop a gluten-free program (possibly along the lines of its weight loss program for diabetics or its program for vegetarians) sometime in the future, the representative said.

Four weeks' worth of meals on the Nutrisystem program start at about $230.

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