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Gluten-free Foods Have Lots of Salt

Many gluten-free foods and snacks are heavy on the salt, says a new study.


Are gluten-free foods and snacks too salty? Photo: CC-- Ian Watson

Celiac.com 08/29/2017 - The popularity of gluten-free products has soared, despite little evidence that gluten-free products are beneficial for people who do not have celiac disease.

The number and range of gluten-free products continue to grow at a rapid pace, and manufacturers are adding more all the time. The proliferation of gluten-free products is inviting the scrutiny of nutritionists, some of whom are arraigning the alarm about questionable nutrition of many gluten-free foods and snacks.

Recent products tests show that the vast majority of gluten-free snacks tested are far saltier than their non-gluten-free alternatives, say researchers. Just how much saltier? Researchers surveyed a total of 106 products, and found that many gluten-free snacks have up to five times more salt than non-gluten-free counterparts. And only a third of these products have proper warnings on their labels, according to a separate study by health campaigners.

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The team also compared salt content for each product in a particular category to the salt content (per 100g) of a randomly chosen gluten-containing equivalent product of that category. Notable differences in salt content include:

  • Schar Gluten Free Pretzels (3.0/100g), twice the salt of Sainsbury's Salted Pretzels (1.5g/100g)
  • Mrs Crimble's Original Cheese Crackers (3.5/100g), 2.5 times the salt of Ritz Original Crackers (1.38/100g)
  • The Snack Organisation Sweet Chilli Rice Crackers (2.6/100g), 3 times as salty as Aldi's The Foodie Market Crunchy Chilli Rice Snacks (0.84/100g)

These revelations invite questions about whether health-conscious shoppers are being misled.

Nutritionists are urging shoppers to look past clever packaging, and to not automatically assume that "gluten-free" foods are healthy.

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Jeff L*
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04 Sep 2017 9:26:13 AM PST
"These revelations invite questions about whether health-conscious shoppers are being misled."Indeed, I wonder whether we health-conscious shoppers have been misled for decades... being told about how dangerous salt is, when in fact there's little basis for the dire warnings. You might consider reading this book: "The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong--and How Eating More Might Save Your Life" by James DiNicolantoniorn




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