Is gluten free a healthier choice for kids? New study sheds some light

Are gluten-free foods for kids more healthy than products with gluten in them? That might be a question that has crossed your mind as more and more manufacturers are offering a gluten-free option.

A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday proved that gluten-free doesn’t mean healthy. 

It looked at 350 products in two grocery store chains in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. What it found was that 80 percent of the products had high sugar levels and 88 percent had poor nutritional quality because of high the levels of sugar, sodium and saturated fate. Many of them also had less protein. They had a similar percentage of calories from sugar as their gluten counterparts.

Gluten-free waffles aren’t necessarily better than the full gluten kind.

Gluten-free products are great for kids with a gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, but for your average kids, they won’t save anything by choosing the gluten-free alternative.

RELATED: How to handle a gluten intolerance at school, camp

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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