What is Gluten? AsapSCIENCE video

From Jimmy Kimmel Live: "Some people can't eat gluten for medical reasons, but a lot of people in Los Angeles don't eat gluten because someone in their yoga class told them not to. Jimmy wondered how many of these people even know what gluten is, so we sent a camera crew out to a popular exercise spot here in LA and asked people who are gluten-free a simple question: "What is gluten?"

Gluten free diets have become widespread over the past few years, from people with celiac disease, who have a true medical reason for avoiding gluten, to people who mistakenly believe it will help them stay healthy or lose weight. There is also a group of people in the middle of the spectrum: those who haven’t been formally diagnosed with celiac disease, but suffer from similar symptoms and believe their bodies are sensitive to gluten nonetheless.

Stefano Guandalini, MD recently answered a few questions on the topic at the UChicago Science Life blog: The existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as it’s called, has been under debate recently in the medical community. In December, researchers from Australia published a study in which people who didn’t have celiac disease but self-reported sensitivity to gluten were placed on diets containing low or high amounts of gluten, or a placebo. Those on the placebo diet–meaning no gluten at all–still reported a worsening of their symptoms. The culprit, researchers believe, may not be gluten at all, but instead a combination of carbohydrates and sugars known as FODMAPs, which are often found in gluten-containing foods.

Read the full interview here: Does Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Exist? | UChicago Science Life http://buff.ly/1tDshbG

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