Is going gluten-free good for health?
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The idea of going gluten-free is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. But is going gluten-free actually good for everyone’s health? Here's what Akanksha Mishra, a Nutrition and Wellness Expert and also some studies have to say about going gluten-free for health.


Gluten is a type of protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. People who have celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in and destruction of the inner lining of the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of nutrients) and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) are recommended to avoid foods with gluten.

“If you have either of these conditions, even a small amount of gluten can trigger the immune system to attack the small intestine and with repeated attacks, the small intestine loses its ability to absorb some important nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin B12 and iron,” says Mishra.

“Over time, people with untreated celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity can develop severe nutritional deficiencies and health issues such as osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anaemia, and vitamin B12 deficiency. With these, you can also experience extreme fatigue, infertility, and some neurological problems.”


According to Harvard Health Publishing, there is little or no evidence to support the idea that going gluten-free can help weight loss or boost energy.

As per a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (2019), going gluten-free without a medical cause can have detrimental effects like loss of dietary fibre, deficiencies in dietary minerals and vitamins, and potential heavy metal exposure.

Another study in Diabetes Spectrum (2017) indicates that going gluten-free can help people with type 1 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and other digestive disorders stay healthy

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Gluten attacks the beta cells in the Pancreas. Also it may unfavorably affect the microbiome.
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