Are gluten free products a healthier alternative A pilot study on nutrients and heavy metals Author : Pastell, Helena Publisher : Nordic Council of Ministers Total Pages : 107 Release : 2021-04-08 ISBN 10 : 9789289369978 ISBN 13 : 9289369973 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Are gluten free products a healthier alternative A pilot study on nutrients and heavy metals Book Description: Available online: https://pub.norden.org/temanord2021-516/ With the aim to improve knowledge on the content of nutrients and heavy metals in gluten-free products, this pilot study, was carried out between 2017 and 2020. Nutrients and heavy metals were analysed in 37 gluten-free products. For statistical comparisons, similar data was collected for gluten-containing branded products and generic products from Nordic food composition databases (n=163).In conclusion, the gluten-free products contained significantly less protein, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese, whereas the contents of starch, chromium, nickel and lead were significantly higher than the included gluten-containing products. Considering the nutritional composition, gluten-free products are not healthier compared to similar gluten-containing products. In addition, the content of some heavy metals is higher in the gluten-free products studied.