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What's the Evidence for the Gluten-Free Lifestyle?

Gluten is a protein made up of glutenin and gliadin molecules, which in the presence of water form an elastic bond. Gluten is most commonly found in wheat, rye and barley. For those with celiac disease, a severe gastrointestinal (GI) reaction to gluten, a gluten-free diet is vital. But physicians are also starting to recognize that many have some level of gluten intolerance or sensitivity, and fare better on a gluten-free diet even if they don’t have celiac disease. One recent experiment by BBC News provided some evidence that people can feel better on a gluten-free lifestyle, but overall their results were inconclusive.

A GUT FEELING: Researchers are also looking into other ingredients in wheat and have discovered there are a number of other proteins and compounds that can cause sensitivity. So if you find yourself feeling better on a gluten-free diet, even if you’ve been cleared of celiac disease, you could be sensitive to some of the other ingredients in wheat. You can read about how gluten and modern food processing contribute to poor health to learn more.