‘GLUTEN FREE’ Still Not Defined by FDA

Posted on January 13, 2012 by

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Processed and refined foods are processed and refined foods – and can’t be trusted for your health.  No matter WHAT the claim is on the label, if you’re not familiar with the FDA standards for what that claim means, you may be in trouble.

‘Gluten Free’ claims are a HUGE market in the USA.  Even as Americans reach for ‘gluten free’ labeled packaging for health and fat loss – we are still getting unhealthier and fatter.  Just like we did in the ‘fat free’ marketing craze, the ‘sugar free’ craze, and the ‘carb free’ craze.  Face it – packaged and refined food is going to get us, every time.  We’re suckers for some happy looking labels.

In 2004, Congress gave the FDA until 2008 to create a definition for what a gluten-free label on a product actually means. The definition has still not been made, and we’re into 2012 now.

The Washington Post reports that as celiac disease and intolerance rates are rising, the government still has no set definition for gluten-free products.

The U.S. gluten-free product industry is highly lucrative (revenues were $2.6 billion last year, up from $100 million in 2003).   The food industry still has quite a bit of fuzziness to work with.   The Washington Post explains that some companies “might fail to test their products or might allow small amounts of gluten but still label their foods as gluten-free.”

Understand that what kicks our butts is not only the gluten in the products – but that these products are still based in refined grains, sugars, and high sodium – none of which will contribute to health and fat loss – whether they are completely gluten free or not.  Processed and refined food is just that.

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