Vital Gluten and Increased Gluten Content in Wheat – Celiac Disease in the News
Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert Joseph Murray, M.D., discusses a recent article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that studied the possibility that increased gluten content in wheat from wheat breeding has led to the increase of celiac disease seen during the latter part of the twentieth century.
The study also took a close look at vital gluten, a food additive extracted from wheat flour that is added to breads and other baked goods to improve the baking qualities of their dough. Because vital gluten can be found in most commercial varieties of bread, as well as in many fast foods, its consumption has tripled since 1977.
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