◼️ According to a new study, gluten-free products are less nutritious and 159% more expensive.
In recent years, gluten-free foods have gained popularity, even amongst people who have no trouble digesting it. But, unless it’s absolutely necessary not to eat gluten, due to medical conditions such as celiac disease, it’s possible that eliminating it from your diet may not help. In fact, according to a new UK study, you may end up paying more for food that is not as healthy as you think.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the cost and nutritional information of nearly 700 gluten-free products available in the United Kingdom and compared the data with approximately one thousand of their gluten-containing counterparts.
After comparing 10 food categories, they discovered that many gluten-free foods, such as breads, cereals and cookies, contained a greater amount of fat, sugar and salt. They were also more likely to contain less fiber and protein than normal products, these two nutrients can help you lose weight, because they help you feel fuller longer.
In addition, gluten-free foods were, on average, 159% more expensive than their gluten-free counterparts.
“It is unlikely that gluten-free foods offer healthier alternatives to regular foods, except for those who require a gluten-free diet for diagnosed medical conditions”, such as celiac disease, the study authors wrote.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine after eating foods that contain gluten, a natural protein found in wheat, barley and rye. According to the site celiacosdemexico.org.mx, “in Mexico, the researchers headed by Dr. José Ma. Remes Troche, determined that 0.68% of the population is celiac; that is, one in every 140 Mexicans have this condition. “
However, the number of people without celiac disease who is on a gluten-free diet has increased. If you start to substitute your favorite snacks, like Greek yogurt topped with whole oats and blackberries, for gluten-free packaged snacks, you may actually be paying more money to get a less nutritious option.
This is because eliminating gluten from your diet means that you have to eliminate a large amount of fiber from your meals, usually in the form of healthy whole grains.
In fact, research shows that this lack of fiber in the form of a gluten-free diet can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU REALLY NEED A GLUTEN FREE DIET?
Talk to your doctor first. You really don’t need to eliminate gluten unless you experience symptoms associated with celiac disease, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
WHAT IF YOU NEED TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GLUTEN THAT YOU ARE EATING?
Concentrate on whole foods, such as vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, legumes and fruits. In this way, you get what you pay for.