Gluten-free foods contain three times the fat

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Food products labeled "gluten-free" are currently at the center of some controversy in Britain for their hidden content of saturated fat, hydrogenated vegetable fat and palm oil. The packaged products indicated as gluten-free across the Channel have been transformed in recent months into the symbol of a slimming diet very popular among famous people. However, they are not necessarily effective in losing weight.



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Food products labeled as "gluten free" ("Gluten-free") are currently at the center of some controversy in Great Britain for theirs occult content of saturated fat, of hydrogenated vegetable fats and palm oil. The packaged products indicated as gluten-free across the Channel have been transformed in recent months into the symbol of a Slimming diet very popular among famous people. However, they are not necessarily effective in losing weight.



Packaged products certified as "gluten-free" have been at the center of a real one in recent years diffusion boom not only in specialized shops, but also in supermarkets. They are aimed primarily at those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Their above-average prices and their advertising as diet products suitable for weight loss have aroused some suspicion in Britain, followed by checks on the subject.

From them it emerged how products packaged and made specifically so that they are gluten-free can have a hidden fat content to five times higher to normal baked goods, made for example using common wheat flour, which naturally contains gluten.

The British researchers decided to compare products intended for celiacs with normal supermarket products containing gluten and verified that special foods they can contain fats in quantities that are on average up to three times higher than their counterparts. Experts have pointed out how to choose to follow a gluten-free diet cannot represent a guarantee for weight loss.

All those who have to follow a gluten-free diet, for health reasons and not for fashion, are advised to carefully consult the labels of products specifically intended for allergic or gluten intolerant people, especially if at the same time you want to keep your ideal weight, and of to prefer to supermarket baked goods e to more elaborate packaged products of alimony simpler and naturally gluten-free to be used for the preparation of your own dishes, such as rice, corn and related flours, buckwheat, quinoa, legumes and all fruit and vegetables.



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