Don’t get caught up in the gluten-free fad. Read this and learn why it may be harming you. Harvard University conducted a study to determine whether gluten free eaters were more likely to develop diabetes. Their findings? Yes! People with the lower amounts of gluten in their systems had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Harvard researchers examined 30 years of data from approximately 200,000 people.
“We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with no apparent medical reasons to avoid gluten.” Dr. Geng Zong, a Harvard University research fellow, said at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Portland, Oregon.
What is gluten? It is the protein found in wheat (mostly), barley, and rye, that gives dough its elastic texture. Just because there is gluten in something doesn’t mean it will make you sick. If your doctor has diagnosed you with Celiac disease, then forgo products containing gluten, if not, you’re fine. Fad diets come and go. Sooner or later something else will replace the gluten free fad.