Thursday January 23, 2020

Foods Labelled ‘Gluten-free’ Not Trustworthy, Says Study

Lebwohl suspects gluten-free foods are inadvertently contaminated and the solution may be better education for food preparers

0
//
Packaged Foods Could Be Harmful, consumer
Food labels promote healthier choices: Study. Pixabay

Suffering from coeliac disease and want to avoid gluten? Then restaurants should be the last place you should visit as most foods labelled ‘gluten-free’ have gluten, suggest researchers.

The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, showed more than half of the gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes in restaurants had gluten and about one-third of supposedly gluten-free foods had detectable gluten.

Coeliac disease is an ailment in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.

Diners avoiding gluten have to rely on menu labels, word of mouth and restaurant workers’ advice.

soy milk
A photo shows the ingredients label for soy milk at a grocery store in New York, Feb. 16, 2017. The dairy industry says terms like “soy milk” violate the federal standard for milk, but even government agencies have internally clashed over the proper term.VOA

“Patients have long suspected that gluten contamination in restaurant foods is a frequent occurrence, and these results support that. Our findings suggest pizza, pasta and foods served at dinner were more likely to have a problem,” said Benjamin Lebwohl, Assistant Professor at the Columbia Mailman School in the US.

For the study, 5,624 dishes were analysed using Nima Gluten Sensor and 32 per cent of the tests revealed detectable gluten in dishes supposed to be gluten-free.

Also Read- Adding Chokeberries to Porridge May Help Boost Health

Gluten-free pasta samples were positive in 51 per cent tests and gluten-free pizza in 53 per cent cases. In addition, gluten was detected in 27 per cent of breakfasts, 29 per cent of lunches, and 34 per cent of dinners.

Lebwohl suspects gluten-free foods are inadvertently contaminated and the solution may be better education for food preparers. (IANS)

Next Story

Food Labels Must Inform People the Amount of Exercise Needed to Burn Calories: Study

A report last month from Diabetes UK found that 13 million adults in the UK are obese, with NHS national medical director Stephen Powis describing obesity as "a dangerous public health threat"

0
Packaged Foods Could Be Harmful, consumer
Food labels promote healthier choices: Study. Pixabay

A new study has emphasised the need for new food labels to inform people about the amount of exercise needed to burn calories, instead of just informing them about the calories present in a particular product, which could be more effective in weight loss.

The Royal Society for Public Health maintains that most people do not understand calories and fat levels in terms of energy balance.

The introduction of ‘physical activity calorie equivalent or expenditure’ (Pace) food labelling will tell consumers how many minutes or miles of exercise they need to burn calories in a particular product they are likely to consume, Sky News reported.

A research at Loughborough University seems to back this approach, predicting that it could shave off up to around 200 calories per person each day on an average if widely applied.

The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, in which the study’s authors concluded that “Pace labelling is a simple strategy that could be easily included on food/beverage packaging by manufacturers, on shelving price labels in supermarkets, and/or in menus in restaurants/fast-food outlets.”

Workout
Study says that the ones who do Workout before breakfast burns double the amount of fat than the one who exercised after. Pixabay

“Public health agencies may want to consider the possibility of including policies to promote (it) as a strategy that contributes to the prevention and treatment of obesity and related diseases.

“They did however caution that many of the studies from which the data were drawn were not carried out in real-life environments, such as restaurants and supermarkets.

Also Read: Apple Releases Dark Mode for its iTunes Remote App

They said the effects of Pace labelling could vary according to context, with marketing, time constraints and price all likely to affect choices”.

A report last month from Diabetes UK found that 13 million adults in the UK are obese, with NHS national medical director Stephen Powis describing obesity as “a dangerous public health threat”. (IANS)