Many gluten-free foods contain more salt, sugar and fat

Gluten-free foods offer no health benefits to people without gluten intolerance and may contain unhealthy substitute starches and fats, according to an Australian study.

The audit of more than 3000 packaged foods from Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and IGA shows many of those advertised as gluten-free have more kilojoules, salt, sugar and/or saturated fat than their gluten-containing counterparts, as well as less protein.