People who enjoy gluten-free foods are more likely to have healthier eating habits.
Gluten-free diet followers are more likely to have healthier eating habits, but are also more likely to have unhealthy weight-control behaviors, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota in the United States wanted to explore the socio-demographic and behavioral characteristics of young adults on a gluten-free diet. The study involved a sample of 1,819 young adults aged 25 to 36 from the EAT longitudinal cohort study.
Scientists measured weight goals, weight control behaviors, eating habits, eating behaviors, physical activity, and dietary intake. They found that about 13% of participants consumed gluten-free foods and that these consumers are 4 to 7 times more likely to control their diet.
Researchers have found that there is a significant link between taste for gluten-free foods and interest in nutrition in general.
In addition, the preference for gluten-free foods also appears to be associated with healthy eating behaviors such as regularly eating a lunch or eating more fruits and vegetables.
If their dietary intake does not always follow all the recommendations, these participants eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber, and less sodium and saturated fat.