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Gluten-free and regular foods: a cost comparison.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18783640     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: The treatment of celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. This diet is assumed to be more expensive, although no studies confirm this assumption. In the current study, the prices of gluten-free foods and regular (gluten-containing) foods were compared to determine if and to what extent gluten-free products are more expensive. METHODS: Prices were compared for all food products labelled "gluten-free" and comparable gluten-containing food items in the same group available at two large-chain general grocery stores. The unit cost of each food, calculated as the price in dollars per 100 grams of each product, was calculated for purposes of comparison. RESULTS: All 56 gluten-free products were more expensive than regular products. The mean (+/- standard deviation) unit price for gluten-free products was $1.71 (+/- 0.93) compared with $0.61 (+/- 0.38) for regular products (p<0.0001). On average, gluten-free products were 242% more expensive than regular products (+/- 212; range, 5% to 1,000%). CONCLUSIONS: All the commercially available products labelled gluten-free were significantly more expensive than comparable products. This information will be useful to dietitians who counsel individuals and families with celiac disease, and to celiac advocacy groups for lobbying the government about financial compensation.
Authors:
Laci Stevens; Mohsin Rashid
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research : a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en diététique : une publication des Diététistes du Canada     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1486-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-11     Completed Date:  2008-10-20     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9811151     Medline TA:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Dalhousie Medical School, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Canada
Celiac Disease / diet therapy*,  economics
Commerce / economics*
Costs and Cost Analysis
Financing, Personal*
Food / economics*
Food Analysis
Glutens / adverse effects,  economics*
Humans
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
8002-80-0/Glutens

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