Gluten Intolerance

Fact or Fad?

During the last 3-5years gluten has received more bad press than class A drugs!

Supermarkets have special shelves for their gluten free products with an equally special high price tag to match.

Health magazines, gluten free food manufacturers, recipe books, social media overflowing with advice on avoiding gluten. 

High profile celebs boasting how they have eliminated the evil gluten from their diet in a quest for supreme health. 

So what exactly is gluten? 

Gluten is a mixture of proteins sourced from cereal crops – wheat, grains and rye. Its role in the food chain is to give food products an elastic texture. 

Common foods containing gluten are bread, pasta, couscous and breakfast cereals to name a few.

What is coeliac? 

Coeliac is a serious medical condition of the digestive system which prevents nutrients being absorbed from food and is caused by eating foods containing gluten.

Symptoms of coeliac disease are headaches, excessive wind, diarrhoea/constipation, stomach pain, vomiting, weight loss and anaemia to name but a few. 

Fact

Only 1% of the population are medically diagnosed as coeliac! 

So why are so many people convinced they are gluten intolerant? 

Fact or fad? You decide …

Researcher Peter Gibson of Monash University, Australia conducted a study on non-coeliac sensitivity… 

He recruited 37 participants who claimed to be gluten intolerant and sufferers of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and followed a gluten free diet.

Participants were provided with 9 days of meal plans, consisting of various 

meals containing high gluten, low gluten and gluten free meals. 

None of the participants knew which plan they were on, and were asked to record their symptoms after each meal and end of day.

Participants were asked to submit daily urine and foecal samples to ensure no one strayed from the experiment. 

At the end of the study all participants recorded feeling bloated, gassy and nauseous regardless of which meals they consumed. 

Further studies concluded that these results could derive from a placebo effect. Anyone who spends enough time analysing their digestive system and how their stomachs are feeling after every meal can create a psychosomatic response.

(Basically imagining the symptoms) 

The purpose of my blog is don’t believe everything you read, don’t believe me. 

But don’t simply follow the latest celeb fad diets, and fall victim of expensive food prices.

Question the evidence, and let common sense prevail 

Channel your energy into a sensible healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise.

By Marie Genney

 

 

 

 

 

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