Around 1 in 4 of us are avoiding gluten - but it may be unnecessary

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Many Australians are unnecessarily subjecting themselves to a gluten-free diet, say Australian researchers who found that around 3 in 20 Australians believe they are wheat sensitive, and almost a quarter of us are avoiding gluten, despite the fact that only around 1 per cent of Australians actually have coeliac disease. The study of over 1,000 people found many of those avoiding gluten show symptoms of other gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. The researchers say their study suggests that a large proportion of people in Australia avoid gluten or wheat for reasons of weight control or general health without convincing evidence to back this up.

Journal/conference: MJA

DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50458

Organisation/s: The University of Newcastle, Macquarie University, The University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Funder: This project was partially supported by a grant from Prometheus Laboratories.


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