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Interesting Study About Celiac Disease?

Is celiac disease an infectious disease caused by a viral infection? An interesting study says it’s possible. A reovirus is a family of viruses that cause intestinal diseases. One common one is called a rotavirus. The rotavirus is transmitted by food and water and primarily causes diarrhea. A vaccine could conceivably prevent the disease by vaccination, if this hypothesis holds true. There is along way to go for that conclusion. I’m putting this one in my category of “Weird things” until further research suggests otherwise.

R. Bouziat et al., “Reovirus infection triggers inflammatory responses to dietary antigens and development of celiac disease,” Science, doi:10.1126/science.aah5298, 2017.  

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Is Gluten-Free Merely a Fad?

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Going gluten-free is becoming more mainstream.  There appears to be more people avoiding gluten without having a celiac disease diagnosis. Gluten-free is appearing on restaurant menus and on food labels in supermarket products. Why is this occurring? The following article addresses this issue and gives us the facts.

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Gluten Sensitivity?

Wheat is the third most produced cereal crop

Wheat is the third most produced cereal crop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It appears that the gluten-free trend is continuing to grow as more products are generated by  the food companies.  Although celiac disease is real, is gluten sensitivity real?  This article attempts to explore this debate.  Many people just report they feel better when they give up wheat but is it just a placebo effect or a trendy fad?  Results of a recent study gives us some answers.  The study population was small, however and one study does not “prove” anything.  Wheat itself has some inherent problems such as wheat allergy and is a common source of fructans that cause digestive difficulties in some people.

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