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I gave up gluten and here's what happened
Pioneer Press ^ | 11-12-13 | Douglas Brown

Posted on 11/18/2013 5:17:41 AM PST by TurboZamboni

Remember the days, not that long ago, when you never encountered the word “gluten”? Unless you were an ambitious baker, it was a rare word, like threnody, or anchorite.

No more. Gluten today is nearly up there with yoga and latte, and way more common than twerk.

I know people who do not have celiac disease — if you are one of the 1 percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, letting gluten pass between your lips is not an option — who banished gluten from their diets just because, and so do you. They report feeling “so much better,” that they are “less bloaty,” have more energy and sleep like babies — all due to the removal of wheat, rye and barley from their diets (the problematic protein is found in all three grains).

Supermarkets contain expanding lines of gluten-free products. Restaurants — even fine-dining outposts — tout gluten-free options. Some joints don't use gluten in anything.

The market grew by 44 percent between 2011 and 2013, and is projected to reach $10.5 billion this year, according to the market-research firm Mintel.

I wanted to feel so much better. So I largely removed gluten from my diet for October. And while I gluten-fasted, I talked with people who know a lot about diet.

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TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: diet; fad; foodallergies; gluten; nutrition
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1 posted on 11/18/2013 5:17:41 AM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni
It seems that our nation has suddenly become fascinated with eliminating something from our diets - or making one particular item the focus of our diet. Bookstores now have entire sections devoted to this.

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as lactose-intolerant, glucose-intolerant, etc. It may seem strange now but there was a time when you could bring peanut butter sandwiches to school. If, back in 1972 when I was in fourth grade, I told my classroom that I was allergic to peanut butter, the entire class would laugh at me - including the teachers who would tell me "not to be silly and eat my sandwich."

2 posted on 11/18/2013 5:32:03 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

We evolved (or were created) to eat veggies, fruits, meat, and eggs. Processed grains are a rather late addition to our diets, being introduced in just the last few thousand years. It would not be surprising that our bodies don’t handle grains as well as other foods.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 5:39:06 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’m part of the 1% of people that acutally has celiac disease. I shake my head when people tell me they’re cutting gluten out of their diet “to feel better.” You’ve felt fine! Cutting gluten out isn’t going to have any impact on you. I’d kill for a real piece of pizza and a beer. The gluten-free options are awful (I’ve tried them all).


4 posted on 11/18/2013 5:40:11 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: TurboZamboni
The wife and I gave up wheat last month and experienced similar results as this author.
Good information, thanks.
5 posted on 11/18/2013 5:41:27 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: TurboZamboni
"I don't know what glutens are - but they're delicious!"
-- John Pinette
6 posted on 11/18/2013 5:42:04 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: TurboZamboni
During the fast, my diet was better — more vegetables, fruits, lean meats and nuts

This why the author felt better and in general why most people do as well. Going on a diet that restricts a food group inherently steers you back to fresh, whole food that has not been processed. Processed food is what is killing people.

7 posted on 11/18/2013 5:42:38 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: John 3_19-21

Have you heard of Kamut wheat?
It’s an “ancient grain”, a wheat, but a longer grain.
It has less gluten and makes for a delicious bread with great texture.


8 posted on 11/18/2013 5:44:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: TurboZamboni

It’s not just gluten. All grains should be cut out- corn, oats, rice, sugar. Grain proteins damage the linings of the intestianl track letting pre-digested foods and toxins circulate through the blood stream. Hello IBS, allergies, psoriasis, etc,..


9 posted on 11/18/2013 5:46:05 AM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: TurboZamboni

I have added an couple of teaspoons a day of flex seed meal to my diet for the last few months. Heartburn is all but gone! The crazy thing is that I started taking the flax seed meal to reduce my cholesterol.


10 posted on 11/18/2013 5:57:29 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Obama is a proven liar, an admitted liar, an unrepentent liar.)
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To: SamAdams76

>> When I was growing up, there was no such thing as lactose-intolerant, glucose-intolerant, etc.

I could have written your post myself, word for word. I don’t get it either. My personal opinion is it’s just another symptom of the prideful, “it’s all about me” society we have become. Everyone’s looking within to the point of obsession; not so many look up to the Creator!

I’m sure I’ll get flamed for that but NOT ONE OF THEM has ever rigorously explained precisely why, after five thousand years of wheat, barley, etc as dietary staples, it’s just in the past 20 years that the poor victims are suffering and demand special accommodation everywhere they go (including the Holy Communion table).


11 posted on 11/18/2013 6:10:48 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: MrB

Thanks, I will research it.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 6:11:42 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: VRW Conspirator

I have added 8 shots of Jack Daniels for after dinner...It has removed any pain or worries until the next day....


13 posted on 11/18/2013 6:11:51 AM PST by Boonie
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To: PapaBear3625

>> Processed grains are a rather late addition to our diets, being introduced in just the last few thousand years. It would not be surprising that our bodies don’t handle grains

Seriously?

Why do you think “our bodies” rebelled only in the last decade or so?

Or are there ancient papyrus manuscripts warning folks away from the “staff of life”?


14 posted on 11/18/2013 6:14:04 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: PapaBear3625

“It would not be surprising that our bodies don’t handle grains as well as other foods.”

It doesn’t really matter whether it would be surprising or not, it really only matter whether it is true.


15 posted on 11/18/2013 6:22:21 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boonie

LMAO
not the slightest AM headache?


16 posted on 11/18/2013 6:24:39 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone you see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: VA_Gentleman
I have tested negative for celiac disease but wheat causes problems in my gut. After a trip to the emergency room about a year and a half ago, I have almost completely given up wheat. Much better now. I have always been extremely allergic to beer, I had never connected it to wheat/gluten before.
17 posted on 11/18/2013 6:28:43 AM PST by Ditter
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To: TurboZamboni

From my very early days on this planet, I was told to avoid loading up on bread, cakes and sweets.
Grandma said to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of meat, a small piece of birthday cake when offered (to be polite) and a bit of “medicine” from the old brown jug to keep a twinkle in your eyes.
Seems like my Grandma could have been a Foodie.


18 posted on 11/18/2013 6:30:04 AM PST by Macoozie (1) Win the Senate 2) Repeal Obamacare 3) Impeach Roberts)
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To: TurboZamboni

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024455

27 aerobic and 30 anaerobic oral bacterial strains capable of metabolizing gluten have been obtained. 5 aerobic and 10 anaerobic strains are the fastest growing.

All anaerobic strains belonged to the Bifidobacterium genus. (A bacterial strain commonly used as a probiotic.)

In the aerobic category, Rothia mucilaginosa and Rothia aeria were most active. These results demonstrate that Rothia species are highly effective in degrading gluten, and more so than anaerobic strains. Importantly, they did so mostly at a pH of 7 (neutral), and when pH became 3, about the acidity of orange juice, their activity ceased. Gastric (stomach) acid has a pH of about 1. When the pH again rose, the bacteria remained inactive.

But ironically, R. mucilaginosa colonizes the healthy and celiac-afflicted duodenum to the same extent. This suggests that bacterial degradation of gluten is not enough, and that some other factor may be involved one way or another.


19 posted on 11/18/2013 6:31:26 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (War on Terror news at rantburg.com)
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To: TurboZamboni
"During the fast, my diet was better — more vegetables, fruits, lean meats and nuts, a wider array of grains, and sprinklings of gluten-free products, some of which are excellent."

Sound down right like the Paleo (Paleolithic) diet...

20 posted on 11/18/2013 6:33:03 AM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: TurboZamboni

The author admits that he didn’t just limit gluten. He ate more vegetables, fruits, nuts and lean meats. Substituting low glycemic index foods for high generally produces good results. It’s all about how much you eat, how often and how fast your body can turn it into sugar.


21 posted on 11/18/2013 6:34:34 AM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Nervous Tick

The past 20 years? High fructose corn syrup. I don’t do well with it and after reducing carbs down to 5-10% of my intake I have never felt better. It’s not the gluten per se that is the problem, it is the processed carbohydrates.


22 posted on 11/18/2013 6:35:32 AM PST by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: Boonie
have added 8 shots of Jack Daniels

Good man!

Just steer clear of that grain alcohol.

lol

23 posted on 11/18/2013 6:36:00 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: TurboZamboni

I prefer Glutton over Gluten.


24 posted on 11/18/2013 6:36:00 AM PST by McGruff (Obama lied. Period!)
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To: nascarnation

In the 1970s artificial ingredients and components of foods were allowed to be added to foods without labeling the whole product as ‘artificial’.

These unusual allergies probably stem from our ingestion of these fake foods that were never intended by God to be eaten as food. Peanut allergies are real, we have two close friends each with children who have to carry epi-pens.

Unless you have a severe allergy like Celiac disease, the best thing is simply eat whole normal foods that are processed minimally with no odd ingredients. Try to buy things made locally or as close to the source as you can.

I can make a loaf of great bread in a bread machine at home with about 2 minutes of actual work putting about 5 simple ingredients in the hopper. Compare that to the label of your favorite store bought bread, its stunning the number of ingredients (yes I know some are vitamins) but others just don’t belong in bread!


25 posted on 11/18/2013 6:47:00 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: PapaBear3625

This is exactly how I explain it to my family. It wouldn’t hurt to try it for a while, IMO and I don’t understand the criticism either.


26 posted on 11/18/2013 6:50:10 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: TurboZamboni

my mom is on this

I think it’s stupid


27 posted on 11/18/2013 6:52:57 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: TurboZamboni

http://www.theglutenfreeadventure.com/toilet-paper.html


28 posted on 11/18/2013 6:54:58 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: TurboZamboni
I'm a red blooded, pie eating, church-going All-American kinda guy. I hate the French like any other normal American should. However, I hereby serve warning:

You can take my baguette when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

29 posted on 11/18/2013 6:56:04 AM PST by tsomer
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To: Ditter

that wheat beer makes me break out in hives

now, all this being said, scientists and food producers are exploring to determine whether it is something in the insecticide or the fertilizer or the other chemicals that is causing all this food allergy that has spring up in the past 15 years or so.


30 posted on 11/18/2013 6:57:32 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

enzymes?


31 posted on 11/18/2013 6:58:16 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: taildragger

Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type is the best diet book ever


32 posted on 11/18/2013 6:59:03 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SamAdams76; Nervous Tick
When I was growing up there was no such thing as by pass surgery, double lung transplants, face transplants, etc. and any number of miraculous things that medicine has come up with. I am very pleased with the advances in medical knowledge. If knowledge of gluten sensitivities makes people feel better. healthier, I am happy about it.
33 posted on 11/18/2013 7:01:53 AM PST by Ditter
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To: TurboZamboni

I believe people are different...Some can tolerate or thrive on grains...others cannot...Grains just make me HUNGRIER...Fat and protein work best for me...With lots of veggies


34 posted on 11/18/2013 7:05:36 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Agree with your assessment NT. And I was horrified to hear my granddaughter tell me that there is a “peanut-free” table at school.
Did you hear of that stupid prank Jimmy Kimmel played on kids, having their parents inform them that they ate all of their Halloween candy? Well, I would rather be invited to have lunch with my granddaughter at her school, ask to sit at the peanut-free table, pull out my fresh baguette slathered with pb and j and start munching.
Any bets on what would happen next? Projectile teachers and parents, screams, evictions and a possible arrest? LOL
Well, I won’t do it for fear of embarrassing my granddaughter..but believe me, it’s tempting.


35 posted on 11/18/2013 7:07:07 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: TurboZamboni

I am on a 100% gluten diet — nothing but heaping bowls full of steaming gluten — and I feel GREAT!


36 posted on 11/18/2013 7:08:07 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: yldstrk
Hives are a sign of a true allergy. Beer makes my throat close up, I'd probably be a beer drinker if it wasn't for that.

Allergies come with your genes. Neither of my parents suffered from allergies (until very late in their lives) like my brother and I do but all of their siblings did have severe allergies. Recessive genes did us in.

37 posted on 11/18/2013 7:08:23 AM PST by Ditter
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To: tsomer

Yesterday, I watched the making of croissants on a food show ..just about equal parts European butter and flour folded together in a magnificent oval creation..hot, flaky, delicious. Can’t wait to make them.
I mean when you crave bakery, yeah right that yogurt is just as good.


38 posted on 11/18/2013 7:12:13 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: Mountain Mary

I have relatives and friends that go into anaphylactic shock from peanut exposure. My nephew has two EpiPens: One for initial exposure and one to take on the way to the hospital. That’s two doses just to stay alive to get to the ER.

Your suggestion is ignorant at best, evil at worst. I didn’t know we had people like you on FR.


39 posted on 11/18/2013 7:15:42 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Nervous Tick

Please post your address, next time one of my two boys that has celiacs eats wheat by accident, I will send you the results to you, I can assure you will be disgusted by the results, probably more than I am disgusted by your ignorance...

BTW Both are young men that would love to eat pizza and drink beer, I think pride has nothing to do with it...

40 posted on 11/18/2013 7:18:56 AM PST by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: TurboZamboni

My philosophy - JERF - Just Eat Real Food

Most meals home cooked, very little, if any, processed food.


41 posted on 11/18/2013 7:21:12 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Gluten free is a hoax.


42 posted on 11/18/2013 7:21:22 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: TurboZamboni

43 posted on 11/18/2013 7:22:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Lazamataz
I am on a 100% gluten diet — nothing but heaping bowls full of steaming gluten — and I feel GREAT!

Isn't one of the seven deadly sins gluteny?

44 posted on 11/18/2013 7:26:31 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Don’t ever do that again.


45 posted on 11/18/2013 7:30:19 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: newnhdad; Mountain Mary; SamAdams76

>> I don’t understand the criticism either.

Fair enough! Let me help you understand.

I have not yet met the glucose-lactose-peanut-eggwhite-HFCS-whatever-intolerant souls who bravely (and silently!) bear their terrible burden.

No, the ones *I* know are uber-hypochondriacs that make their “food sensitivity” a centerpiece of their existence.

They don’t simply pass up without comment the stuff they can’t eat at dinner parties/church suppers/family reunions/etc. No, they *always* grill whoever is serving over EXACTLY what ingrediants are in EVERYTHING, and they *always* tell everyone within earshot how They Can’t Eat That!!! and put on that “Don’t Worry About Me I’ll Starve I’m such a brave martyr!” act.

And GOD forbid you are forced to dine with them in a PAID establishment, because HERE is where they really shine. Because food-for-money is involved, they feel beyond entitled to beat the poor food server up over ingredients in every damn dish, and indignantly whine about why they don’t have a dish to accommodate their needs, and doesn’t the proprietor understand about food allergies yadda yadda bla bla bla. It’s embarrassing. And if they even think an offending morsel passed their lips during the meal — whoever picked the restaurant and/or paid for their meal WILL hear about it the next day (extending on into the next week).

Hope this helps, and FRegards


46 posted on 11/18/2013 7:33:43 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: yldstrk

Yes, maybe, sort of. The problem is that the intestinal flora, not just bacteria, but Archaea, viruses and other microorganisms, and even parasites, are very interactive with each other and the immune system.

If the gluten was digested by bacteria, it still might elicit an immune response. Some immune diseases like Crohn’s may actually be causes by an *absence* of a parasite.

So it’s likely going to be years before they start to get a handle on this.


47 posted on 11/18/2013 7:36:07 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (War on Terror news at rantburg.com)
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To: fatez

>> Nervous Tick Please post your address

Why don’t you post yours and I’ll send you a sympathy card.


48 posted on 11/18/2013 7:37:44 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Lazamataz

Gluteny is one of the 7 deadly sins.


49 posted on 11/18/2013 7:38:26 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I see your ignorance is only exceeded by your arrogance.


50 posted on 11/18/2013 7:40:42 AM PST by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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