Really? Another “anti gluten” post?

You got that right!  Let’s keep this simple…

Gluten Free diets have proven to be beneficial for people with immune mediated sensitivity.  But, there has always been a lack of evidence supporting a link between gluten, weight gain, and body composition.  That is, until now (and this study is just the first of many to come).  Now, this is an animal study. But, the outcomes are more than interesting and concerning.

Important takeaways from this study:

  • Gluten consumption caused increased weight by nearly 20%
  • Increased fat deposition with body fat analysis by nearly 20%
  • Decreased energy expenditure
  • NUMEROUS CHANGES IN GENE EXPRESSION AND INFLAMMATORY AND METABOLIC MARKERS
  • INTACT GLUTEN PEPTIDES APPEARED IN THE BLOODSTREAM IN UNDER 30 MINUTES AND WERE DETECTED IN LIVER AND VISCERAL FAT TISSUE.

I think the last point needs to be repeated.  Gluten peptides made it through the gut barrier into the blood stream, and lodged in the organs in around 30 minutes. The thought is that this process is what altered the genetic expression in the gluten fed mice.

Wheat gluten intake increases weight gain and adiposity associated with reduced thermogenesis and energy expenditure in an animal model of obesity.  International Journal of Obesity

So what do we do??

Those supporting the industry line, including the American Society for Nutrition, will continue to say “based on the current state of the science, is that consumption of foods rich in cereal fiber or mixtures of whole grains and bran is modestly associated with a reduced risk of obesity, T2D, and CVD.”

Practitioners in the trenches (including myself), and at the forefront of the Functional Medicine movement, would say to eliminate all gluten containing grains…forever!  It is not worth it.  And with the evidence starting to come out from Dr. Aristo Vojdani regarding neuro-immune reactivity and its cascade off effects… I am avoiding it.

If you have been having difficulty with body composition and weight-loss, consider eliminating all grains from your diet for about a month as a start.  See how you feel, and what happens to your body.

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