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Alarming health warning over gluten-free lifestyle

Alarming health warning over gluten-free lifestyle

A new study found that people who consumed very low amounts of gluten had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who consumed higher amounts of it.

It is the protein that gives baked goods that chewy texture and elasticity in the baking process.

Gluten-free diets could increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study warns.

Scientists at Harvard University declared that individuals with low levels of gluten in their diets - less than four grams - had a 13 percent higher chance of developing the disease compared to people with higher levels.

"People without celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes", says co-author Zong.

For the new research, which was presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention / Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, researchers analyzed three long-term studies consisting of almost 200,000 people. So many people seem to believe that reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet is an inherently healthy act, but is there actually any science to back up that belief?

"It's not clear whether gluten itself is the protective factor, or whether its other foods where gluten is present that influence diabetes risk reduction". "Gluten-free foods often have less dietary fiber and other micronutrients [vitamins and minerals], making them less nutritious and they also tend to cost more".

Dr Zong said: "Our findings suggest that gluten intake may not exert significant adverse effects on the incidence of Type 2 diabetes or excess weight gain. They're going to increase fruits and vegetables, which are gluten-free, and they're cutting out processed foods, fried foods, which include gluten as well".

So while this is not at all a definitive study, it does certainly build on a body of work in recent years that suggests gluten-free diets are not entirely healthy choices without direct underlying medical reasons.

According to market research firm NDP group, only about 25 percent of people living in a gluten-free home do so because of a food sensitivity or Celiac.

Image bank gluten-free images are really weird.

Granted, for those with celiac disease, even a little gluten can be unsafe.

Rising numbers of consumers are banishing gluten from their daily diet, encouraged by fashionable "clean eating" gurus such as Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.

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