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People Looking To Lose Weight May Stand To Lose A Lot More: Fad Diets Could Put Canadians' Health At Risk Say Experts

Newly Launched Healthy Grains Institute Gives Canadians Food for Thought On Whole Grains

TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Misinformation about the health and nutritional benefits of whole grains, and fad diets that promote the elimination of entire food groups, could put Canadians' health at risk. Launched today, the Healthy Grains Institute (HGI), a not-for-profit Institute guided by an independent Scientific Advisory Council, will study and compile research on the benefits of eating whole grains - from weight management to chronic disease prevention - to help Canadians make educated, science-based decisions about the food they eat.

"There is a wealth of scientific information available supporting the role whole grains can play in a healthy diet," said Shelley Case, Registered Dietitian, author of Gluten-Free Diet, A Comprehensive Resource Guide and member of the Healthy Grains Institute's independent Scientific Advisory Council. "But unsubstantiated claims made in fad diets about whole grains, such as wheat, barley, oats and quinoa may be causing Canadians to eliminate whole grains all together and as a result many people could miss out on vital nutrients, which evidence suggests, are beneficial for cardiovascular health and weight management." The Healthy Grains Institute will continue to identify and direct Canadians toward scientific evidence that will assist them in making good decisions about their food choices.

Whole Grain Hot Topics - Facts for Canadians

Today the Healthy Grains Institute announced the first of an ongoing series of communications, Whole Grain Hot Topics located on its resource website, www.HealthyGrains.ca . Serving as a central source of whole grain knowledge, the website provides current evaluations of the health effects of whole grains. Whole Grain Hot Topics delivers information supported by scientific research about gluten-free diets, whole grains such as wheat, oats and barley, and the role they play in weight management and disease prevention.

"There is no such thing as a single magic bullet to lose weight and fad diets can do more harm than good. While certain diets may work in the short-term, they are not sustainable nor are they necessarily healthy," said Cara Rosenbloom, a Toronto-based Registered Dietitian. "All foods have many components and they fit together like puzzle pieces. When you take out one significant part you risk missing essential nutrients in your diet that can help support a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease."

Gluten and the Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten is a protein complex formed by several storage proteins found predominantly in wheat grains, and to a lesser extent in rye and barley. Individuals with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity must follow a gluten-free diet to manage their conditions.

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