Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Giessen, "However, no data for Germany are available to date. To elucidate the nutritional composition of a gluten free diet and to compare it with non-gluten free diet in a representative German non-CD population.
A total of 1,000 patients who were members of the German Celiac Society (DZG) were invited to fill out a prospective 7-day food diary and a questionnaire. Data from 88 patients aged 14-80 years were analyzed and compared to the DACH reference values and to data from the German National Diet and Nutrition Survey.
No significant difference was observed for the intake of energy and macronutrients in male celiac patients compared to the NVS II. Only the fiber intake of male patients was significantly lower than that of the general population. Female patients, however, showed a significantly higher fat intake, but lower carbohydrate consumption. The average daily micronutrient intake of male and female patients, specifically of vitamin B1, B2, B6, folic acid, magnesium and iron, was significantly lower in celiac patients compared to the NVS II. This study reveals inadequate nutrient intake by male and female celiac patients in Germany."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Based on our findings, regular (laboratory) monitoring of celiac patients should be recommended."
For more information on this research see: Inadequate Nutrient Intake in Patients with Celiac Disease: Results from a German Dietary Survey. Digestion, 2013;87(4):240-246. Digestion can be contacted at: Karger, Allschwilerstrasse 10, Ch-4009 Basel, Switzerland. (Karger - www.karger.com/; Digestion - content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Aktion=JournalHome&ProduktNr=223838)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Martin, University of Giessen, Inst Nutr Sci, D-35390 Giessen, Germany (see also Digestion Research).
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