What is the celiac diet

That's how dangerous a gluten-free diet is

By Anna Saglam | December 20, 2017, 10:01 am

Gluten-free nutrition is hip. Even people without intolerance do without the adhesive protein. But this can even promote heart disease for non-allergy sufferers. FITBOOK explains.

Only around two to three percent of Germans suffer from gluten intolerance, also known medically as celiac disease; another percent struggle with a wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity. For these people, the consumption of foods containing gluten is naturally harmful. Inflammation of the small intestine, anemia and osteoporosis can result.

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However, it is a mistake that renouncing gluten-free protein is fundamentally healthy for everyone, and it has become increasingly entrenched in recent years.

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No gluten is bad for the heart

Especially with regard to heart disease and its prevention, a completely gluten-free diet is not recommended for healthy people - this was the result of a study conducted by the American scientist Andrew Chan from Harvard Medical School and Benjamin Lebewohl from Columbia University in New York published online in the journal BMJ.

For this purpose, the researchers evaluated the data from two US long-term studies that were collected between 1986 and 2010. Over a period of 26 years, a total of 121,000 women and 51,500 men were asked about their individual eating habits every four years. The participants were then divided into groups based on the amount of gluten-containing foods they consumed.

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“Even in the group with the lowest gluten consumption, there were the same rates of coronary heart disease as in the group with the highest consumption,” explains study leader Chan. It even goes on to say: "A diet-related reduction in gluten can lead to a lower consumption of whole grain foods, which reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases."

Gluten-free can be so dangerous

The nutrition expert Sven-David Müller also sees the avoidance of gluten-containing foods without existing intolerance problematic. In an interview with FITBOOK, he explains: “Gluten-free foods have a completely different composition than normal products. There is a lack of important fiber, vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy people. "

This could, for example, lead to an increase in cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood, increase the risk of diabetes, promote obesity and possibly lead to changes in the intestinal flora, which regulate bowel activity.

In addition, the vitamin B contained in whole grain products protects the heart. “Heart attacks have already occurred because a healthy person has been on a gluten-free diet over the long term. The whole thing is extremely dangerous to health. And to get rid of the prejudice: You definitely won't lose weight, ”says the expert.

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Thin by avoiding gluten? No!

According to Müller, the big problem is that gluten-free nutrition has become so popular because many believe it makes you slim. “People who suffer from intolerance are often very thin. Mind you, before you eat gluten-free. Other people see that and think: They eat gluten-free and are super thin, that's what I want too! And already eating gluten-free is hip. But that's not healthy. "

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Experts: Do not eat healthy children unnecessarily gluten-free

Children should only eat gluten-free products if they suffer from celiac disease, advises the professional association of paediatricians (BVKJ).

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