Celiac.com 07/24/2015 - Before Joining the Houston Astros in December 2013, pitcher Collin McHugh chalked a career record of zero wins and eight losses, with an 8.94 ERA. He basically bounced around the league until he caught the eyes of the Astros.

Major league pitcher and gluten-free eater Collin McHugh. Photo: CC--SLCCKGCSince joining the Astros, McHugh has gone 16 wins, 11 losses, with a 3.17 era, and is currently 5-2 for 2015.

This turnaround coincides with a decision by McHugh to follow a gluten-free diet, after suffering from stomach and digestive complaints that go back to childhood.

McHugh's decision to gluten-free came just as the Astros picked him up, and he's been firm in his commitment to both the team and his diet.

After sticking to the gluten-free diet, McHugh says he lost a substantial amount of weight and picked up some additional energy: "The times you feel bad or you're drained weren't as frequent. Energy-wise, there was a big difference."

Whether McHugh's newfound performance success is due to cutting gluten from his diet, is unclear.

Recent science LINK says that McHugh may benefit if he suffers from celiac disease. Otherwise, not so much.

In either case, I'm sure McHugh and the Astros will take whatever benefits they get on the field.

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