Why Going Gluten-Free Is a Bad Idea If You Don’t Have Celiac Disease

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Gluten is nothing but a protein in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Gluten causes intestinal problems in people with Celiac disease, which is why it’s a good idea of them to eliminate ot from their diet.

So the question remains—should we all eliminate gluten from our diets?  A new study shows it may not be such a good idea to do so.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting over 3 million people in U.S.

A new study published in the BMJ shows an increased intake of gluten was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

Why Going Gluten-Free Is a Bad Idea If You Don’t Have Celiac Disease

Adhering to a gluten-free diet deprives people of the many benefits of whole grains.

For the new study, researchers from various universities across the U.S. studied data women from the extensive Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

They assessed the gluten consumption of the subjects over 26 years. Researchers found no significant link between long-term gluten intake and an increased risk of CHD.

In fact, they found that increased gluten consumption was associated with a reduced risk of CHD.

Whole grains are good for health, and believed to reduce the risk of heart disease. For this reason, researchers think adopting a gluten-free diet is not recommended for people who do not have Celiac disease.

The authors said, “Long-term dietary intake of gluten was not associated with risk of coronary heart disease. However, the avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk.

“The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.”

 

Rumana Dsouza

Rumana D’Souza is the social media and content coordinator for Prizm Media and Kudolife. She has found her life’s calling in writing about health and wellness, and believes she can make the world a touch healthier – one blog post at a time.

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