Gluten-free is such a popular trend right now.
Gluten has been accused of so many crimes against the body that it’s actually become the “evil” in the diet world lately.
Everyone seems to be going gluten-free and jumping onto the GF bandwagon.
But what if gluten isn’t a problem?
Is gluten any good? Is gluten actually healthy?
What if you can actually cure gut problems with, of all things, bread?
Today’s newsletter may change your thinking about gluten, being gluten-free, and your gut problems.
Let’s get right into this first study.
This is a pretty brilliant study.
One of the lead investigators as Dr. Gibson, who has conducted several similar studies.
And he keeps improving on the results.
The focus of his study has to do with gluten.
Surveys show that 30% of consumers today believe that gluten could be causing them to have gut problems.
The problem with that number is that true gluten issues are actually rare.
There are some people that gluten definitely hurts.
These are people with celiac disease, and they cannot tolerate gluten at all.
But celiac disease is fairly rare.
Yet gluten-free foods are the latest food fads.
They cater to the assumption that many people cannot tolerate gluten even though they don’t have celiac disease.
But is it true? Is gluten causing you gut problems?
In this study, researchers created two randomized group of people who have reported gluten sensitivity and tested them for celiac disease.
They took the people that didn’t have celiac disease and put them on a diet low in all carbohydrates and sugar.
This is called the FODMAPS diet.
The FODMAPS diet focuses on eliminating short chain carbohydrates which are difficult for the small intestine to handle.
Here are the common FODMAPs and their sources:
Most of the subjects in the experiment found that there gut symptoms improved once they were on the FODMAPS diet.
At this stage, they weren’t consuming any gluten foods either.
Then researchers reintroduced gluten to this group.
And the patients had no difference in symptoms — their gut issues did not return with the return of gluten to their diet!
So, it doesn’t seem that gluten was causing their gut problems.
Once these people went off the FODMAPS diet, their symptoms returned.
In conclusion of his findings, Dr. Gibson says that gluten is not the problem.
Whether they consume gluten or not, these people either got better or remained the same based the rest of their diet.
Gluten had nothing to do with it.
So what does that mean for you if you have gut issues?
You might want to experiment with improving your gut health for many reasons.
You want to lower endotoxins which create inflammation in the whole body.
And endotoxins contribute to diseases such as ED and diabetes.
You can experiment with the FODMAPs diet and see what it does for you.
You may find that restricting these FODMAPs may actually help you more than restricting gluten.
Or, it may not help at all — everyone is different.
And you may find that some gluten containing foods are perfectly fine for you.
And that others don’t work so well for you.
Take my diet for example.
I find that white bread seems to be fine for me, but whole-wheat causes me gut problems.
You definitely want to do some experimentation to see what works for you.
The problem with these gluten-free foods is that they contain a lot of additives and weird things in them.
Consumers want the textures and flavors that they had when they ate gluten, but it’s a complicated process to get there.
So manufacturers (and even home bakers) have to use a lot more ingredients and do some weird science baking to get the right texture.
For example here are some ingredients of gluten-free bread:
There are a few problem ingredients in that list, and it doesn’t even have additives.
Canola oil is definitely bad for you.
Soy is bad for you.
Zanthum gum is bad for you.
This is very typical and by no means the worst gluten-free food that I’ve seen.
You might want to try to do some experimentation if you have gut issues.
Don’t worry so much about the gluten.
Focus on individual ingredients that may be causing you issues and which aren’t.
Consider white bread instead of whole-wheat bread.
See how eating white rice instead of brown rice affects you.
Whole-wheat grains and brown rice contain many allergens, aside from gluten (rice contains no gluten anyway).
Those allergens could be causing your gut problems.
Once you resolve the gut problems, you may find that you’re perfectly fine with good quality white bread, white rice, and other starchy foods.
And these may actually increase your metabolism and help your gut improve.
There is also some evidence that fresh bread may be a problem more than stale bread.
One man, Robert Anderson, aged 78, tried this bowel remedy recently.
He suffered debilitating gut problems for many years.
He said: “In years gone by, you didn’t throw stale bread away.
It would be broken up into pieces and then boiling hot water was poured over it.
“It would then be squeezed out and put down in front of children with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and some sultanas thrown over.
Many children lived on it in days gone past.”
Mr. Anderson tried an experiment to solve his IBS.
First, he stopped all his IBS medications.
Then he took 3 slices of 12-day old bread, added a little milk and sugar, and heated it in the microwave.
“It had to be that particular bread and I calculated that the bread would be stale but not blue molded 12 days after it was baked.
I fasted for 24 hours to make sure my bowel was empty and the bread would be able to do its work.
“I ate it on May 1 last year and it worked.”
I believe an ingredient in the bread got to work on the disease in my bowel and in a direct hit, basically wiped out the problem.”
Now Robert is free from IBS and doesn’t need any medication.
That’s definitely an experiment that you can conduct on your own.
Another approach is cutting out starch to the greatest extent possible, and replacing starch with sugar.
Sugar is metabolized in the sterile part of the gut — the small intestine.
It doesn’t reach the bowel, and it doesn’t ferment.
A diet high in good-quality milk, cheese, well-cooked green vegetables, and fruit may be very helpful in fixing gut problems.
It may have nothing to do with gluten at all.
No effects of gluten in patients with self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity after dietary reduction of fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates
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