Is it a fad?

Not eating wheat is all the rage, and some sceptics regard it as a fashionable fad – but scientists have discovered the gluten sensitivity is a very real problem, and they’ve also figured out the biological mechanism behind it.


Eating wheat products such as bread or pasta releases molecules that can pass through the gut lining. The molecules include exorphins, which have been found in the spinal fluid of people with schizophrenia and autism. They could also have an opioid-drug effect, which would explain the light-headedness that seems to affect some sufferers.


Researchers from Milan University have discovered that eating gluten releases these proteins and molecules, but say that more research is needed to find out what biological effect they may be having.

Source – Food Research International ,2015; 72:208


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