BREAKING NEWS: Gluten Sensitivity Is Probably Fake.

the-science-is-in--why-gluten-sensitivity-is-probably-fakeAccording to Business Insider, 30% of Americans want to eat less gluten. And 18% of adults buy gluten-free products. But only 1% of Americans have celiac disease, a condition in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.

People without celiac disease often report having gluten sensitivity. The problem is, according to researchers, it’s a condition that probably doesn’t exist.

Back in 2011, a popular study concluded that gluten can cause gastrointestinal distress in people who don’t have celiac disease. It was enough to launch a whole of gluten-free products and marketing.

The researcher behind the 2011 study conducted a follow up study with individuals who reported gluten sensitivity and gastrointestinal distress. Participants were put on several different diets, including gluten free and gluten-containing diets. Regardless of the diet type, the participants experienced intestinal problems anyway. Gluten wasn’t even a factor.

There was one diet type that resulted in less gastrointestinal distress. It was low in something called FODMAPs, which are carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Many foods containing FODMAPs also contain gluten, including beer, pasta and bread. Interestingly enough, a low FODMAP diet is often prescribed for individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Bring on the FODMAP-free diet craze!

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  1. My mother has Celiac disease. While we both knew that gluten free was a panic diet for most, we welcomed it. Without so many people going gluten free, there would have never been such a boom in the market and the prices wouldn’t have come down.
    I don’t mean to be critical, but Celiac can also damage the intestinal lining when consumed.
    Thank for the article.

  2. Randolph Wm. Roller, MD says:

    When I eat a lot of gluten, my arthritis is much worse. I’m 65 years old and I’ve done a lot of experimenting with many different types of diets. I am not allergic, but when I eat very little gluten, I feel much better and much, much less sore and stiff. There is no harm in being close to gluten free and I don’t care what Business Insider has to say. What medical credentials does it have?

    • I am sure that, as someone with medical credentials, you made sure that all of your diet experiments were double-blind, right? You had no idea what diet you were eating until after the data was gathered, right?

  3. I think the problem with the American diet is all the highly refined sweeteners and enriched grains that are pervasive staples and encouraged as “healthy whole grains” by dietitians who are influenced by huge food corporations that have deep lobbying pockets and bigger pharmaceutical companies who profit off our horrid eating habits. Since I cut out most sugar and grain a couple years ago from my diet I have gone from three regular asthma medications to zero. Don’t tell Merck and Pfizer that!

    • To finish: There may not be such a thing as “gluten sensitivity” but eating as many carbs, sugar and grains as I want definitely makes me feel sick, bloated and inflamed.

  4. Heya, The best success that I have ever had was with Red hot slim (just google it) Without a doubt the most incredible diet that I have ever tried.