Gluten May Not Be The Source Of Your Sour Stomach

March 26, 2018

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Wondering why even after you cut gluten out of your diet you still have stomach issues?  Contrary to the longstanding medical advice that wheat gluten is the cause, it may not be gluten at all.  While just 1% of Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease, many more have adopted a gluten-free diet in hopes of controlling stomach discomfort with many not having any success.  Now new researchers claim your misery may be due to a group of carbohydrates called fructans. While fructans are found in wheat they're also found in high quantities in onions, garlic, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, artichoke and certain other vegetables. The study sourced people who were independently put themselves on a gluten-free diet (but weren’t celiac) and gave them cereal bars that either contained gluten, fructans, or a placebo. They found that the participants who ate the bars containing fructans experienced more symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Even more astonishing was those who ate bars with gluten wheat had no difference with those with the placebo bars. In any case, do schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss any G.I. issues ask about low FODMAP diet, which targets certain hard-to-digest carbohydrates like fructans.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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