If you have coeliac, this obviously doesn’t apply to you. Don’t eat gluten. But if you don’t have coeliac — and that’s 99% of the human population, mind you — there’s no reason to be gluten free. You’re wasting your time. Even the Australian scientist who started this gluten-free craze now thinks it’s possibly all placebo.
Peter Gibson, a professor of gastroenterology at Monash University and director of the GI Unit at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, conducted an experiment in 2011 that linked gluten to screwing with people’s gastrointestinal distress. That published paper has served as one of the strongest pieces of evidence for the non-coeliac gluten sensitivity that everybody suddenly developed existing.
But Gibson wanted to repeat the experiment and see if he would reach the same conclusion. He couldn’t. According to Real Clear Science, Gibson had subjects with ‘gluten intolerance’ but weren’t coeliac take part in an experiment that fed them a high gluten, normal gluten, low gluten and placebo diet for a week and found that there was “absolutely no specific response to gluten.”
From gluten-free whole grain bread to gluten-free beer to gluten-free Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix, the market for food items without gluten has exploded over the past decade. But is gluten all that bad for you? Should a normal person avoid gluten in their diet? What’s the deal with the gluten?
Going gluten-free is all the rage these days. It’s the diet of choice for Hollywood starlets and health nuts alike; supermarket aisles are packed full of products touting their lack of the stretchy protein.
But for a lot of people, the gluten-free lifestyle may do more harm than good.
What happened was that everybody reported pain, bloating, nausea and gas to similar degrees. No matter what they ate — gluten or placebo — they felt sick. The problem wasn’t with gluten, it was with their brains. Basically, it’s the nocebo effect. People psych themselves out and start believing they’re sick.
And it makes sense, ASAP Science explains in this video how gluten is simply a combination of proteins that isn’t toxic for you whatsoever:
So. As true as it’s always been: If you have coeliac, don’t eat gluten. If you don’t, just eat it.