UF/IFAS study: When it Comes to Gluten-free Diets, Unfounded Beliefs Abound

University of Florida nutrition experts warn against adopting a gluten-free diet. While for those with celiac disease, or about 1% of the U.S. population, it is the case that a gluten-free diet is the best treatment for their condition. But, for those unaffected, a gluten-free diet is lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients. A recent study conducted by University of Florida Research and Extension puts to the test the idea versus the reality of gluten-free. In the one-day study, 97 people ate gluten-free snacks. Half were labeled “gluten-free”; the other half was labeled “conventional.” The participants then rated their snacks, and the results were surprising.

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