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'Gluten-Free' Probiotics Often Contain Gluten: Study

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 03:12 PM


If you have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, and take probiotics to improve your gut health, you are probably ingesting gluten. An analysis of popular probiotics found that more than half contained traces of gluten.

"Many patients with celiac disease take dietary supplements, and probiotics are particularly popular," said Dr. Samantha Nazareth, a gastroenterologist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

Dr. Nazareth, who was first author of the study, had noticed that celiac patients who took dietary supplements had more symptoms than non-users, so the researchers decided to test probiotics to see if they were contaminated with gluten.

The results showed that of 22 top-selling probiotics, 12 of them, or 55 percent, contained detectible gluten.

Most of the probiotics that tested positive contained less than 20 parts per million of the protein, and would be considered gluten-free by FDA standards. However, four of the brands — 18 percent — contained more than 20 ppm.

More than half of the 22 probiotics were labeled gluten-free, but this had no bearing on whether or not traces of gluten were present, since two of the products with higher amounts of gluten than the FDA permits carried a gluten-free label.

Researchers are unsure whether the small amounts of gluten in probiotics could harm patients with celiac disease. "We know that most patients with celiac disease only develop intestinal damage when consuming more than 10 milligrams of gluten daily, and it is unlikely that contaminated probiotics can lead to that amount unless patients are ingesting mega-doses," said study co-author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl.

Still, patients are paying for products that don't deliver the purity they advertise. "It appears that labels claiming a product is gluten-free are not to be trusted, at least when it comes to probiotics," said Dr. Peter Green, professor of medicine and director of the Celiac Disease Center. "This is a potential hazard for our patients, and we are concerned."


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