Gluten free diet? It is not necessarily a gluten-free diet, nor is it a healthy diet . Much depends on the type of food we choose to consume. Many industrial foods contain gluten in spite of what the labels say , which is a problem if we think about those who really should not consume gluten, such as celiacs.
The gluten free business has created a market full of products that are labeled as gluten-free , but is this really the case? According to this study , no .
A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in fact analyzed a group of people who followed a gluten free dietcomposed of many products labeled as gluten-free (mostly baked goods) and a group of people who instead consumed products with gluten not being celiac. The scientists analyzed the daily gluten dose that both samples consumed, predicting that those on a gluten-free diet would have gluten exposure of up to 10 milligrams per day.
But no. People who claimed to be on a gluten-free diet consumed an average of 264 to 363 milligrams of gluten per day, much more than the recommended limit for celiacs and enough to trigger symptoms of intolerance.
How is it possible? According to experts, those on a gluten-free diet often trust products labeled as gluten-free, which however contain traces of gluten . Let’s add sauces, and many industrial products, such as spreads, meat preparations, cured meats, etc.: many of these products contain gluten, even if in modest quantities.
Those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should choose more natural alternatives , and avoid becoming a compulsive consumer of many industrial products. Companies are often fined for products sold as gluten free despite the fact that they contain gluten: it happened to Cheerios products. But sanctions are random, and often come late. The risk is to consume foods contaminated with gluten (in the case of oats) or foods that contain traces of gluten that are not declared on the label. The more industrial products are consumed, the greater the risk of consuming gluten in larger quantities than it should be.
Dr Mulan explains: “Just because a food is labeled gluten free doesn’t mean it’s healthy.”