Doctor Who Started Gluten Free Trend Says He Was Wrong
Posted on May 27, 2014The doctor who started the whole gluten-free diet trend has gone on the record saying he was wrong. Gastroenterologist Peter Gibson said in 2011 that even those that do not have celiac disease (which afflicts 1% of the population) could also have symptoms caused by gluten. He said going gluten free would help non-celiac patients lose weight. Well, he just did a new double blind study and announced the results. Going gluten-free has no effect on people without celiac, which is diagnosed with a blood test. It's a placebo effect, apparently. He said that the problem some people get from grains could be caused by indigestible sugars.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten. The only treatment is to avoid gluten (which gives bread its elasticity) for life. As for everyone else, gluten is not a problem. Unless, of course, you are allergic to wheat. But that is an entirely different problem. ABC News reports: