Thursday, May 04, 2017

Going gluten-free may harm your health

I hate to spoil the fun for millions of people, but if you don't genuinely have celiac disease you may be doing more harm than good by avoiding gluten.

Researchers from universities across the U.S. accessed data on almost 65,000 women from the Nurses' Health Study and more than 45,300 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They monitored the participants' gluten consumption over a 26-year period
They adjusted for various risk factors and found no significant association between long-term gluten consumption and an increased risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, after adjusting for refined grains and considering gluten as correlated with whole grain intake, the researchers found that an increased intake of gluten was associated with a reduced risk of CHD
The authors point out that their study is purely observational and therefore cannot draw any conclusions as to cause and effect. However, they suggest that avoiding gluten may lead to a lower overall consumption of whole grains. 
Because whole grains are thought to reduce cardiovascular risk, adhering to a gluten-free diet is not recommended for people who do not have celiac disease, the authors write.
Get out there boys and girls and scarf down that bread.

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