You May Also Like

Peppermint Tea Health Benefits

Peppermint tea is steeped in healthy benefits—here are the top 5

Woman with hat

If a tinted moisturizer and a matte foundation had a baby, it would be this

Ever heard of desk yoga? It can help your back

4 chair yoga moves that treat back pain sustained from slouching at your desk job

Should you be taking a sulfur supplement?

Everyone in LA is taking sulfur supplements—should you, too?

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

Acids for skin care

Move over, collagen—there’s a buzzy new skin-care supplement in town

Do you need to go gluten-free if you don’t have celiac disease?


Thumbnail for Do you need to go gluten-free if you don’t have celiac disease?
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/Kristine Weilert 720

Avoiding gluten is about as eyebrow-raising as ordering a latte with almond milk—AKA pretty commonplace at this point. Even many people who don’t have celiac disease have nixed it from their diets since it has been linked to inflammation. The news as of late has overwhelming been that wheat is bad—which is why a new study suggesting something, well, different, is so interesting.

Researchers tracked over 6,500 people for 26 years and found that people without celiac disease who eat gluten are actually not at a higher risk of developing heart disease, something often caused by (drumroll) inflammation. But there’s a catch: Their diets were also rich in whole grains. People who consumed a lot of gluten but few whole grains were more likely to develop heart disease.

“The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.”

So what does this mean exactly? It’s all about the whole grains, and gluten is an ingredient in a majority of the whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals out there—basically, anything made with wheat. “The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged,” the study reads. How’s that for clear advice?

And yes, you can always eat whole grains that aren’t wheat—like overnight oatsquinoa pasta, and food activist and author Michael Pollan’s favorite: fermented sourdough bread. But, if you don’t have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, it sounds like there’s no need to deny yourself a bowl of whole wheat spaghetti every now and then.

If you legit think you have celiac disease, the problem might actually not be gluten, but something else. And this anti-inflammatory food pyramid will help you figure out how to build the ultimate healthy diet.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Relationship wisdom from love guru Esther Perel

3 pieces of modern relationship wisdom from rock star psychotherapist Esther Perel

lattes

And the 2018 winner for best coffee city in America is…

Peppermint Tea Health Benefits

Peppermint tea is steeped in healthy benefits—here are the top 5

Harvest Moon

Tonight’s harvest moon has major breakthrough potential—here’s how to reap its wisdom

Ever heard of desk yoga? It can help your back

4 chair yoga moves that treat back pain sustained from slouching at your desk job

ketogenic diet for anxiety

I tried the ketogenic diet to help with my anxiety—here’s what happened