Since the 2011 Gluten-Intolerance study at Monash University, unscrupulous opportunists have seized upon the findings and turned their gluten-free products into a 15 billion dollar a year industry. This promotion of gluten and wheat in general as unhealthful was aided and abetted by such books as Grain Brain and Wheat Belly, which made a number of scientifically dubious assertions.
Now, Peter Gibson, the same researcher who headed up the 2011 study, has released the results of his follow up study, in which 37 people, who self-identified as gluten-intolerant, participated. The results indicate that these ‘gluten-intolerant’ participants suffer the same amount of bloating, gas, and other intestinal discomfort on a non-gluten diet as they do on a diet that includes gluten.
A couple of excellent articles that give an in-depth insight into the fallacies of gluten intolerance are “Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist” by Jennifer Walsh of the Business Insider and The Smoke and Mirrors Behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain by John McDougall, MD.
This is, of course, somewhat of a vindication for us, here at Country Living, who have maintained all along that wheat is indeed the staff of life and viewed the anti-gluten fad with a dubious eye.