Ahmed El-Sohemy: Celiac disease and the gluten-free fad

Ahmed El-Sohemy: Celiac disease and the gluten-free fad

Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, talked about the gluten-free fad with TVO’s Tim Alamenciak. Those who go gluten-free without being diagnosed with celiac disease may feel better because they’re eating fewer carbohydrates, but the jury is still out on whether or not there is such a thing as non-celiac gluten intolerance. Eating gluten-free takes away some key sources of nutrition and pushes people towards potentially less-healthy alternatives, El-Sohemy says. But the fad may have an upside – there are many people who have undiagnosed celiac disease, El-Sohemy says. Increased awareness may lead to more testing, and the market of alternatives for sufferers has increased dramatically.

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