Nutrition is a very popular topic right now! We have all heard about the Atkins diet, the Montignac method or the high-protein regime. It is gluten’s turn to be under the spotlight since it is triggering a worrying question in us: should we fear consuming gluten?
To answer this question we have to first understand coeliac disease. It affects approximately 1% of the population and causes severe digestive problems. It is a hereditary gluten allergy in which the only treatment is an exclusion diet. We are also noticing an increasing amount of people developing a more moderate intolerance to gluten, noticeable by digestive and inflammatory problems. This “gluten sensitivity” phenomenon is however hard to identity and quantify; recent studies tend to link it to a variety of health issues such as migraine, epilepsy and schizophrenia.
Even if new studies are necessary in order to better understand the issues surrounding gluten consumption, for now being aware of such issues is best. In addition, people with digestive and inflammatory disorders can try to reduce or exclude gluten from their diet in order to see if there are any improvements in their symptoms.
By François Tremblay, Naturopath