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Missing the point

I respect Glenn Gaesser, but I fear he is missing the point regarding the growing interest in gluten free. People who step away from wheat and other gluten containing grains often feel better, lose weight more readily, and are less bloated with fewer gastrointestinal problems.

For one reason or another they may not handle the conventional intake of carbohydrate, often highly processed and refined. When they shift to fewer carbohydrates--even if they just eliminate wheat--many of their symptoms will calm down; some will disappear.

These people may not know if they are gluten free or not; they do know that they feel better and like the changes in their body. This kind of "evidence" trumps research most of the time.

I gave up railing about the lack of scientific research years ago. People care about their own personal experience. All the research in the world can't adequately address each person's unique mix of genes, metabolism and lifestyle

Posted by Bonnie Modugno, MS, RD
24 August 2012 | 20h12

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