Gluten-Free Food Labels Misleading Consumers, Study Says

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By Paul Gallagher in iNews.

 

Consumers are being misled by gluten-free foods with parents who buy them putting their children at increased risk of becoming obese, according to a new study. The research, presented at the 50th Annual Congress of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, show that gluten-free items have a much higher energy content and a different nutritional composition to foods containing gluten – a dietary protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Many of the gluten-containing products – especially breads, pastas, pizzas and flours – also contained up to three times more protein than their gluten free substitutes. Children aged 4-6 and 7-10 should only eat 20g and 28g of protein per day respectively, compared to 55g for adults, according to national guidelines.

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