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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Non-celiac bread intolerance may have nothing to do with gluten

If you’re like me, you don’t have celiac, but eating bread wreaks havoc on your digestive system.  A recent study suggests that for many people like us, the problem isn’t the ever-vilified GLUTEN in bread – it’s the FRUCTANS (which are carbohydrates). 

Those of you who follow my food posts know that some brilliant Australians figured out that many IBS sufferers are simply unable to break down certain (but not all) carbohydrates—the difficult-to-break-down carbs are called FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols - whew!). Those same Aussies did a study where they tested IBS sufferers who can’t tolerate bread by giving them isolated gluten (i.e. none of the carbs/fructans), and those people didn’t have their typical post-bread-consumption reactions. 

Bread is rich in the same fructans as onions and garlic – which I, and many other people, can’t tolerate.  So, a non-celiac bread intolerance may have nothing to do with gluten and everything to do with fructans.  For more info on this study, see this great article:

And, in case you haven’t read my posts on a low-FODMAP diet (which is changing people’s lives all over the globe), here’s a brief explanation of the diet:
And here’s a list of foods you can/can’t eat on the diet:

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