Going gluten-free has gained mass popularity in recent years.
What started as a genuine condition for some people with coeliac disease, has turned into a health trend championed by ‘clean eaters’ and hipster bakeries.
But now, recent studies have found that removing gluten from your diet could be doing more damage than good.
Researchers from The British Medical Journal have found that removing gluten could increase your risk of developing heart problems.
They are urging people to reconsider going gluten free unless they suffer from Coeliac disease. This condition means that gluten causes inflammation and intestinal damage.
The researchers analysed data from 64,714 women and 45,303 men working in the health industry. None of the participants had a family history of heart disease.
The participants’ diets were assessed every four years between 1986 and 2010. They were asked about the type of foods they ate, and at what frequency.
They found people who excluded bread from their diet, weren’t getting the wholegrains they needed. And wholegrains are associated with heart protecting benefits.
Researchers concluded “The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.”
Translation: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Don’t go gluten free if you don’t need to.