The average shop for a person with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance is 78€ more expensive per month than that of someone who does not suffer this health issue. This adds up to a cost of over 935€ per year, according to the ‘Price Report’ carried out by the Spanish Federation of Coeliac Associations (FACE).
The report was based on a diet of between 2000 and 2,200 calories, the approximate amount that nutritionists recommend a healthy adult should consume per day, but it doesn’t take into account the foods that are regularly consumed, even though they do not form part of the ideal diet.
The report, therefore, compares the prices of specific products, which are the ones responsible for the economic difference between a diet with and without gluten, with the equivalent products for diets without any intolerances. In order to do this, various products with high, medium and low prices, as well as recognised brands and own-brands, were selected from the products included in the List of Gluten Free Foods 2019.
However, there has been a reduction in price of gluten-free products in comparison with 2018, as products are now 70€ cheaper overall. This reduction results in an annual saving of 93€. By contrast, products containing gluten have seen their prices rise by 22€.