Food Comparison

November 2012 Issue

In Search of Healthy Gluten-Free Foods

Chances are you hear the term “gluten-free” at least a few times a week. Gluten-free has become the new “fat-free,” appearing on packages of cookies, crackers, breads and more. In the 90s, those fat-free labels didn’t guarantee a food was healthy, and the same is true of gluten-free labels today. Don’t assume a gluten-free food is better for you than its traditional counterpart—study labels to compare products. Fortunately, there are plenty of gluten-free foods on the market that can easily fit into a healthy diet for those requiring a gluten-free lifestyle. However, there is no proof that a gluten-free diet is helpful for someone who does not have a medical condition, such as celiac disease, which mandates such a diet.

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