Transcript: Update on Gluten
What about gluten? For the vast majority of people, wheat protein, just like quinoa protein, or any other grain, has been considered good for us; health-promoting. But only for about 99% of people.
The rare 1% or so have celiac disease, and they have to stick to a gluten-free diet. But what about people who don’t have celiac, but may be otherwise gluten-sensitive? Last year, the possibility was raised that some cases of irritable bowel syndrome, for example, may improve on a gluten-free diet. So, if you do suffer from symptoms like chronic diarrhea and abdominal pain, your doctor may want you to give a gluten-free diet a try.
But, if we don’t have those symptoms, gluten is good for us. In fact, there was a study last year suggesting a gluten-free diet was bad for our good bacteria, so we shouldn’t go gluten-free unless there’s a good medical reason.
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