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To Gluten or not to gluten

To Gluten or not to gluten

New York Times Well wrote:


http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/2 … uten-free/
The results, strikingly, showed no significant differences. Cycling performance had proven to be essentially identical after a week in which a rider ate zero gluten or large amounts of gluten. Inflammatory markers likewise were indistinguishable.

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Re: To Gluten or not to gluten

The article doesn't mention if they studied any cyclists with celiac disease. Just sayin,.

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An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.  Whereas gluten free is a marketing fad for everyone else.  Just saying...

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Re: To Gluten or not to gluten

If you have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet should help.

If you have no diagnosis of either, there is no reason a gluten-free diet will help.

None.

The fact that some pro cycling athletes and teams follow a gluten-free diet without any diagnosis is without merit. Many report “feeling much better” or “recovering much quicker” after workouts. 

The “placebo effect” accounts for about 30% of benefits in any controlled scientific study where the outcome is subjective—which means if you think it helps, it probably WILL make you feel better.

At least for a while.   


Another recent somewhat related topic---
If Tom Brady believes that avoiding all plants from the Nightshade family (Solanaceae  sp) = tomatoes, potatoes, etc  because his chef-nutritionist says those plants generate a harmful immune response, then Brady probably DOES feel better by avoiding those plants…..because he thinks it works.

(There is NO evidence that any of those plants adversely affect the immune system.)
This last bit is not related to anything gluten.

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