Approximately 1 out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease.
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What about gluten, the protein in wheat which is used to make a number of mock meats like seitan. You may or may not have noticed a bunch of labels recently touting gluten-free foods and diets.
Gluten: Harmful, harmless, or good for you?
For literally more than 99% of people, gluten/seitan/wheat protein is good for you. Excellent source of high quality protein, the very staff of life.
But, only for 99.3% of people. One in every 133rd American has celiac disease—whether they know it or not—and for those people, gluten consumption can cause a range of symptoms, including chronic diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, and fatigue, all of which disappears when they’re placed on a gluten-free diet. For the other 132 out of 133 people, though, gluten is fine.
If you have do any of those symptoms, though, you should get tested for the disease. Simple blood test— the standard intestinal biopsy may not be necessary, and in fact since testing is so simple there’s consideration of just screening all kids for it to pick up those rare celiac cases, since if you have it but don’t know it you may live a significantly shorter lifespan, so get tested if you’re concerned.
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Here are my recent videos on gluten:
Gluten-Free Diets: Separating the Wheat from the Chat
Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?
How to Diagnose Gluten Intolerance
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!
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