If the label says Gluten Free...

Posted by Customer Service on 10/20/2014 to Garlic Health Benefits
Reading food labels can be trying at best. How do you know if you can believe the hype??

 Recently Consumer Reports released a Special Report on deciphering them. The findings were quite interesting and we thought we'd share some of them here.

Lately "Gluten Free" is practically all we hear about in the food world. Consumer Reports (CR) states that almost 40% of people think that gluten-free foods are better for everyone, not just those who suffer from Celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance. That is an erroneous assumption. Why? Because gluten- a protein found in wheat, barely and rye- adds texture to all kinds of foods. Remove the gluten and many manufacturers often load up gluten-free products with extra sugar and fat to compensate. Compare the labels on some of your favorite gluten free foods with regular and you may see that they have much higher fat content and lower fiber. In addition, according to CR many gluten free products are made with rice flour which may contain worrisome levels of arsenic. Gluten free products have also been tested to show a lack certain crucial nutrients such as B vitamins, potassium and iron. Consumer Reports (and we) recommend that unless you have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you should skip the gluten free section altogether. If you choose to buy gluten free products, be diligent in your label reading by checking fat and fiber content. Look for naturally gluten free grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, millet and sorghum on ingredient panels to add fiber and nutrients.