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Can a Gluten-free Diet Make You Healthier, More Alert?
Celiac.com 12/17/2015 - A landmark study shows that a gluten-free diet lessens fatigue, raises energy levels, and promotes healthier bodies.
Funded by the university, the British government and Genius Foods, and conducted by Aberdeen University's Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, the 'Going Gluten Free' study is the largest of its kind conducted to date in the UK.
For the study, researchers asked 64 adult women and 31 adult men, to adopt a gluten-free diet for three weeks and then to return to their 'normal' diet for the same period.
The average study participant was 38 years old, with a BMI of 24.8. In general, those who followed a gluten-free diet a more fiber and less salt, which lowered both cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood.
Study subjects also reported a reduction in stomach cramps and higher energy levels during the gluten-free spell. Moreover, vitamin B12 and folate remained stable during the gluten-fee period, suggesting participants were not taking in fewer vitamins.
So, basically, even for people without celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, eating gluten-free can be part of a healthy diet.
It's not just celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Novak Djokovic who have adopted a gluten-free diet, but millions of regular folks with no history or indication of celiac disease. This study suggests those folks may all be reaping some health benefits as a result.
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