Transcript for New concerns over gluten-free food at restaurants
��� ��� ��� ��� In today's weekend download, a new study is raising disturbing questions about the gluten-free meals you may be ordering at restaurants. It found that 32% of restaurant foods labeled gluten free actually contained gluten with gluten found in over 50% of the pizza and pasta tested. Joining us is chief health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. So tell us about this study. First of all, it was done by my ALMA mater, Columbia university. Really interesting because the gluten-free trend and fad is not only important for people's health but it's also huge business. What they found is some really categorical differences in foods that are labeled gluten free. You said pizza and pasta were the big offenders but there were also regional differences so foods found at fast food and table service restaurants in the west tended to do better than those in the northeast. It also differed by meal. Breakfast tended to do a little better than dinner. The bottom line is if you need to be gluten free and you see that on the menu, you really don't know a lot of times if you can trust that. What does this mean for those people who need to be gluten free? First of all, we're talking about a lot of people here. Estimates are that 1 in 100 have a true gluten allergy, meaning celiac disease, so this isn't a convenience and life-style issue for them. This has medical consequences. If they get exposed to gluten they can get anything from gi upset, nausea, vomiting, mood changes to skin flares and most importantly, some cumulative damage to the small intestine so there's really some high stakes here. I'm one of those people. I don't want to give up pasta. As a nutritionist and a doctor though, you've said that you see people who give up gluten say they feel better. Why is that? Are all those people really suffering from an allergy? That's the thing. We're talking now about the non-celiac disease people who give up gluten and feel better. That's base again in general they feel less bloating. They lose a couple of pounds. Their energy level might go up but that's because they're getting rid of empty calorie carbs so, again, proceed with caution. It's just the carbs causing
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