Non-celiac gluten sensitivity may actually be caused by fructan

| | November 15, 2017
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Although only one percent of the population are affected by celiac disease, gluten-free diets have become a major food trend in recent years. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is a controversial topic amongst many researchers, with up to 13 percent of people claiming to suffer from the condition. A new study is now suggesting that fructans, and not gluten, could be the source of many people’s gastrointestinal upset.

Fructan is a type of carbohydrate found in wheat, and many scientists are beginning to suspect it could be the dietary villain behind many people’s acute gastrointestinal upsets rather than gluten.

The results were fascinating, with the fructan muesli bar inducing the most symptoms overall. On average, the study also found no difference in reported symptoms between the gluten and placebo groups.

While earlier studies have found a link between fructans and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, this is the first to closely examine the connection in those claiming a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

The study was published in the journal Gastroenterology.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Fructan, not gluten, may be the real culprit for many an upset stomach

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