Gluten-free products are in fashion. But do they have utility for people who are not allergic or intolerant?
Around 330,000 people are gluten intolerant in France. Celiac disease causes various symptoms, often digestive disorders, anemia or chronic fatigue. From September 5 to 7, researchers will gather to talk about this pathology at the Congress on Celiac Disease and Pathologies Associated with Gluten, held in Paris. The purpose of this meeting is to take stock of treatment options and to offer patients an alternative to the gluten-free diet. While they represent a constraint for the sick, such diets have become today a fashion phenomenon to which many healthy people adhere.
A risk-free diet
Two cases justify the adoption of a gluten-free diet, as explained Nadine Cerf-Bensussan to France Info : "Celiac disease and wheat allergy can be diagnosed with reliable serological tests Celiac disease should be treated with a strict gluten-free diet and wheat allergy should be treated with diet without wheat ". Changing your diet is the first step to take when diagnosing the disease. If a person without celiac disease or wheat allergy is on a gluten-free diet, there is no risk of deficiencies. "This will lead to a healthier diet because gluten is very present in processed foods where it is used as a binder, says even the specialist.There is gluten in the bread, pastries, pizzas etc ... There is not in fruits, vegetables, meats, fish! "
Do not rely on marketing
Gluten-free products sold in supermarkets, however, remain industrial foods that sometimes need to be wary. In July 2018, 60 million consumers alerted on the composition of gluten-free products. These often contain additives such as emulsifiers or thickeners and more sugar than gluten products. "Gluten-free" can also be a way of attracting customers and surfing a fashion, but for the intolerant, one must be vigilant and make sure that the product does not contain any at all. The French association of gluten intolerants has set up a logo to identify suitable products in the supermarket. By relying on it, you can avoid unpleasant surprises.