Is Nutrisystem Gluten Free?

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Published: 12th July 2010
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Many people all over the country are looking to lose weight with the Nutrisystem diet plan. Nutrisystem has turned out to be a strong contender against the favorites Medifast and strong beach diet, it has been around since the 1970's however it is only within the last ten years that it really seemed to take off.

Nutrisystem is a set diet plan where you order food for a 28 day cycle. The foods that they sell are based on two major principles. Foods that appear on the Low GI index and foods that have no trans-fat. Nutrisystem has a set plan for women and men, which then also breaks down into plans for diabetics and vegetarians. This has also resulted in a lot of people asking if it is possible to follow a Gluten free diet on the Nutrisystem diet plan?

Before discussing whether Nutrisystem can offer a gluten-free diet, it is important to know what is a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a particular protein compound that is found in certain foods, some people when consuming gluten products can suffer because their intestine can not digest the protein thus leading to a lot of pain and discomfort. By avoiding foods that are known to have a high gluten content, the person suffering may lead a relatively normal life.

It is quite safe to say that a few of the foods at Nutrisystem contain oats and pasta which means that they are not suitable for those looking for a gluten-free diet. However for a correct answer, we headed over to Nutrisystem website to see what they have to say. The official line from Nutrisystem regarding gluten-free products is.

The Nutrisystem® foods contain gluten and are not recommended for customers with gluten sensitivities or intolerance.

Whilst suffers of gluten products may be disappointed to hear this news, there is no need to despair as there are a lot of alternatives on the market which are aimed specifically at gluten intolerant people.

Products such as Medifast have created a certain plan for Gluten intolerant sufferers and whilst the concept is not the same as Nutrisystem, Medifast still has the same aim which is to lose weight whilst at the same time maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. The only different between Medifast and Nutrisystem is that Medifast is based on snacks, soups, drinks and protein bars whilst consuming one lean and green meal a day.

Gluten intolerant people aiming to lose weight can also seek a consultation with their doctor who will be able to tell them of a list of foods that are gluten-free. If choosing to follow this route then the exact calorie amount of each food will need to be known to avoid overeating. A simple look on a search engine such as Google will also give a whole range of gluten-free diets making it possible for gluten intolerant people to lose weight.

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