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Gluten free: health fad or life saving diet?

Wheat, the staff of life, has been used by nearly every major civilization since the dawn of time, or at least the last 9000 years. This isn’t necessarily a good indicator that something is good for you.   Have you ever been told to avoid eating gluten or wheat products? An estimated 1 in 100 people in the UK and in Europe has celiac disease. However, only about 24% of people with the condition are clinically diagnosed It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, it is not a food allergy or an intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people with coeliac disease are also sensitive to oats. Damage to the gut lining occurs on eating gluten. The average length of time taken for someone to be diagnosed with the disease from the onset of symptoms is a staggering 13 years. There is no cure for the condition; the only treatment is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. If a gluten-free diet is not followed, the disease can ultimately lead to…

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