If your kid has a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, you know to steer clear. Or you may be buying gluten-free (GF) foods because you think they’re healthier. But a new study in the August issue of Pediatrics found that GF products aren’t nutritionally better than “regular” foods.
An analysis of 350 child-targeted products showed that GF foods aren’t nutritionally better compared to regular foods. In fact, about 80 percent of the GF products have higher sugar levels and contain less protein than their traditional counterparts. Study authors concluded that parents can’t assume the GF label means a product is healthier. In the end, there’s no substitute for reading labels to assess the nutritional value of a food item before you buy it.