I had a couple thoughts about an article published in Runner's World. They posted an article titled, "Are you really Gluten sensitive?" Basically the article says that while Celiac Disease exists in 1% of the population most people who say they are gluten sensitive aren't. The study took 37 people who said they were gluten sensitive and gave them a diet made in low-fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates, or FODMAPs. These foods include apples, artichokes, mushrooms, chickpeas, and wheat. They then took these same people and moved them to a diet containing gluten. The participants intestinal inflammation and fatigue levels improved when reducing the FODMAP foods in 34 patients while 3 patients showed a worse reaction to gluten. Why this article was interesting to me was that I was never officially diagnosed as gluten intolerant. But, I was diagnosed by an allergist as allergic to wheat and sesame (severaly allergic to sesame). So, I wonder if avoiding certain foods like wheat, sesame, or certain carbohydrates would be more beneficial to me than the actual gluten itself. Not hard to imagine confusing a wheat allergy with gluten intolerance. My second point is that I know several people who say they are gluten intolerant and feel better gluten free but still eat gluten a few meals a week. It drives me crazy and I finally told one of them either you are or you aren't, but if you don't do it 100% then you might as well not do it at all. Your body can't heal if you don't stop 100%. The reason it bothers me is people who do have a problem can't be taken seriously if others think they might and are willy nilly with their diet. The comments on the article were concerning as well as most comments were along the lines of that's not surprising, or yep, just a fad. These feelings come when people say they are intolerant and then a few times a week 'cheat'. If they really felt like most of us on this board did, then they wouldn't be tempted to 'cheat'. Interesting stuff.
jmrogers31Member Since 28 Jul 2011
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