The latest bad word on the gluten-free craze? The diet might make you fat, according to new research.
Scientists combed through 654 gluten-free products for the study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.
Gluten-free food products were found to have higher energy content — meaning more calories — than their glutinous counterparts, according to a news release.
Other findings of note: Gluten-free breads had more saturated fats than regular loaves, and gluten-free biscuits had less protein and more fat than regular biscuits.
Researchers say that a gluten-free diet for children who do not suffer from celiac disease could impact their growth and raise their childhood obesity risk.
This isn’t the first report to call out gluten-free diets. A recent study from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that people who restrict gluten could be at risk for cardiovascular issues.