From Medical News Today
Is a gluten-free diet good for you? It might be, say the researchers of a recent study out of Denmark. But the health benefits found in this study seem to hinge more on the quality of the fiber in the diet, not merely the absence of gluten.
“More long-term studies are definitely needed before any public health advice can be given to the general population. Especially, because we find dietary fibers — not the absence of gluten alone — to be the primary cause of the changes in intestinal discomfort and body weight,” said one of the researchers.
“By now we think that our study is a wake-up call to the food industry. Gluten-free may not necessarily be the healthy choice many people think it is. Most gluten-free food items available on the market today are massively deprived of dietary fibers and natural nutritional ingredients.”
“There is an obvious need for availability of fiber-enriched, nutritionally high-quality gluten-free food items, which are fresh or minimally processed to consumers who prefer a low-gluten diet.”