WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-white01, ww color white

Local

FDA Sets Standards For Gluten-Free Foods

View Comments
New Fair Foods, Minnesota State Fair, 2012

(credit: CBS)

CBS Minnesota (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSMinnesota.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSMinnesota.com/Health

Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know For July 28
  2. Lightning Strike At Venice Beach Kills 1, Injures Others
  3. New Zip Line Debuts At Mall Of America
  4. Who's That In The Stands During 'Little Big League'?
  5. Get Movin' Monday: How To Slow Down Our Busy Lives

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Millions of Americans suffer from gluten intolerance, and soon new food labels will make it easier to make sure what you’re getting is really gluten free.

Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. In people with Celiac Disease, gluten triggers antibodies that attack the lining of the small intestine, making a person unable to absorb nutrients.

Now, the FDA is requiring foods to meet certain standards before they can carry the gluten free label.

“They set a limit to how many parts per million of gluten can be in a food that are considered gluten free. So this really helps the celiac patient,” said Dr. Shervin Rabizadeh of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Many Gluten-free foods already meet FDA standards, but experts say the new definition will help eliminate confusion at the grocery store.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus