Gluten intolerance is a legitimate health condition, a new study has concluded.
The subject has provoked long-raging debate among scientists, with experts divided over whether gluten sensitivity is a real health concern.
At one end of the spectrum there is celiac disease, a serious but common illness, affecting one in every 100 people in both the US and UK.
But in their shadow are a group of people not thought to have the serious digestive condition, yet present similar albeit more mild symptoms.
For those diagnosed with celiac disease, eating foods containing the protein triggers uncomfortable and painful symptoms.
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They include diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, weight loss, and feeling tired.
Despite many people complaining of an intolerance to gluten, studies have failed to prove a conclusive link.
In their new study, researchers from the National Institute for Health in the US performed a random, placebo-controlled trial involving patients thought to be suffering non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
Those people chosen to take part did not have coeliac disease or a wheat allergy, but believed eating gluten was the cause of their intestinal symptoms.
They were randomly divided into two groups. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2975646/You-sensitive-gluten-without-having-coeliac-disease-study-finds.html#ixzz3TFsfx3ks