SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - North AmericaEU edition | Asian edition

Report abuse about a comment

Anti-gluten antibodies are a red herring

John—There are a lot of myths about gluten IgA antibodies. I think of them more as a protective coating for the intestine—a response that occurs on exposure to many foods. This consistent with the observation that celiacs who have gone on a gluten-free diet (and hence lack anti-gluten IgA) are actually more sensitive to traces of gluten than they were before. I do not follow your logic that the mere presence of an antibody automatically demonstrates an adverse reaction.

While I have not read the book that you mention, I appreciate that books can be a source of interesting hypotheses. However, I can find very little peer-reviewed evidence that the presence of anti-gluten IgA antibodies (which are present in a substantial fraction of the whole population!) is responsible for any ill-effects. I would appreciate hearing of any literature that you are aware of.

Posted by Peter Olins, PhD
24 October 2012 | 22h10

Please fill in the box below to tell us why you feel the post breaks our rules. When you are finished, click on "Send" so that it can be reviewed by a moderator.

Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

Reason *

Back to: Gluten-free myth busting: There is no biomarker for gluten sensitivity, says researcher

Spotlight

Soylent secures $20m investment

SPECIAL FEATURE: So Soylent secures $20m… Money well spent?

While uncharitable observers have described Soylent as “only slightly more appealing than an IV bag”, news that...

Rebranding meat jerky as health food drives sales, IBISWorld reports

Rebranding meat jerky as health food drives sales as category nears saturation, IBISWorld reports

The meat jerky industry is growing steadily thanks to innovative flavors, new all-natural options and an intentional...

Heartland Chia creates opportunities with first-ever U.S. grown chia

Heartland Chia creates new opportunity for farmers, manufacturers with first-ever U.S. grown chia

Thanks to traditional plant breeding techniques, a fourth generation farmer in Kentucky is successfully growing chia in...

The Beverage Innovation Summit Suja KeVita Coca-Cola

One week to go! Join us at the Beverage Innovation Summit on February 4

Will Pepsi True & Coca-Cola Life revitalize the cola market, or are today’s more demanding and sophisticated...

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

More consumers are seeking healthy foods and beverages at convenience stores, creating an opportunity in a previously...

Pepsi True expands to Denver, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C

Mid-calorie soda gamble: Pepsi True hits test markets in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C

PepsiCo is rolling out its mid-calorie cola Pepsi True at selected retailers in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington,...

What is on FoodNavigator-USA’s online events calendar?
Latest trends on beverages, gluten-free, clean-label, snacks

What is coming up on FoodNavigator-USA’s events calendar? From protein to non-GMO and Food Vision

From the perils of putting ‘all-natural’ on your label to what beverage execs really think about plummeting...

IRI report on CPG trends and private label food trends
Private label penetration rates have not budged since 2011

CPG industry sales trends are ‘stagnant’, with dollar sales growth being largely driven by price increases, says IRI

Dollar sales of foods and beverages edged up a modest 2.1% to $470bn in the US retail...

Kickstarter helped Genki-Su launch, but isn't ideal for foods & drinks
Healthy Beverage Innovation

Kickstarter helped beverage firm Genki-Su launch, but may not be ideal platform for foods & drinks

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter helped the beverage company Genki-Su raise nearly twice as much money as necessary...

New products gallery Chobani, Mtn Dew, Dannon, 7-Eleven

New products gallery: Chobani woos tots, Hain lives the coconut dream, Boom Chicka Pop goes into puffs

From Hain Celestial’s coconut dream desserts to Field Roast’s innovative vegan cheese slices, this month’s new products...