A research study published in British Medical Journal concluded that long-term gluten consumption is not associated with risk of coronary heart disease, but rather, a lack of gluten in the diet may affect cardiovascular risk. Green, MD, and colleagues, determined that the gluten-free diet may result in decreased consumption of whole grains, which are associated with lower cardiovascular risk. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic, autoimmune disease where the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the small intestine; the only treatment for the disease is strict adherence to the gluten-free diet for life. In recent years, the gluten-free diet has become more of a fad than a medical necessity. There is a wide misconception that gluten-free foods are healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts. This study set out to determine if there are health benefits of a gluten-free diet in people without celiac disease. Read the full study here. With your generous support, we invest heavily in celiac disease research to accelerate diagnosis, the development of treatments, and a cure. Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes. Sign up for our mailing list.
J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Fructan, rather than gluten, induces symptoms in patients with self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Seventy-two percent of patients with a clinical response remained on a GFD 18 months after the study was completed. Int J Clin Pract. Mayo Clin Proc. Elli and colleagues aimed to identify NCGS patients among those with functional gastrointestinal symptoms and conducted a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in which patients were given a GFD for 3 weeks, then randomized to either gluten or placebo for 7 days, followed by crossover. Living with coeliac disease and a gluten-free diet: a Canadian perspective. Gluten-containing grains such as wheat make up a large portion of the modern Western diet. These individuals have been described broadly as people who avoid gluten PWAG and comprise the majority of people who are partaking of a GFD. Restoration of body composition in celiac children after one year of gluten-free diet. This patient population either seeks to obtain benefit from symptoms without a confirmed diagnosis of a gluten-specific disorder, or these patients may seek some other benefit from a GFD rather than improvement in any specific symptom. Celiac disease was excluded.
Gluten refers to a family of proteins known as prolamins primarily glutenin and gliadin that constitute the storage protein in the starchy endosperm of many cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. However, there is debate regarding the small portion of protein from grains that make up total dietary protein and, therefore, whether the amount of protein is a significant concern. Lower sodium and fiber contents were found in the majority of gluten-free products. Weight overgrowth of coeliac children on gluten-free diet. Gastroenterol Hepatol N Y. Folate, iron, and dietary fiber contents of the gluten-free diet. This study set out to determine if there are health benefits of a gluten-free diet in people without celiac disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. However, there is a great deal of discordance among the results; some studies have evaluated the nutritional quality of a GFD in patients with celiac disease, which could be a confounder for nutrient deficiencies due to impaired absorption and chronic inflammation.