People with celiac disease or who are gluten intolerant enjoy health benefits from a low gluten or gluten free diet. Many people who do not have these diseases are adopting a low gluten or a gluten free diet hoping to reap the same health benefits. However, a new study conducted at Harvard University suggest that a lot gluten diet may have adverse health effects – raising the risk for type 2 diabetes.
Ma y nutritionists advise against gluten free diets and suggest a well balanced diet made up of some fruits and vegetables, whole wheat grains and other foods which include gluten.
Dr. Geng Zong, PhD is one of the studies authors and a research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Harvard explains that the study observed 199, 794 individuals enrolled in three long term studies.
Throughout the 30 year follow-up period 15,974 individuals with the lowest intake of gluten were identified with type 2 diabetes. Participants with an intake of 12 grams of gluten per day had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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