Are There Health Risks to Going Gluten-Free?
People who do not have celiac disease but still avoid gluten—perhaps due to a gluten-sensitivity—may be harming their health, according to a new study. The goal of this research was to examine the long-term impact of gluten intake in people without celiac.
Since 2009, the number of people without celiac disease who have eliminated gluten from their diet has tripled. Many are convinced gluten has negative health effects—such as an increased risk for obesity and heart disease—and/or experience non-celiac gluten sensitivity that causes intestinal symptoms when they eat foods containing gluten.
However, avoiding gluten can lead to a lower consumption of whole grains, which can increase heart disease risk. For this recent study, which involved 65,000 women and more than 45,300 men, researchers monitored gluten consumption and heart disease from 1986 to 2010. After adjusting for several factors, researchers determined that an increased gluten intake is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
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