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Millions of Americans have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon, with mixed results. Seeking relief from symptoms such as joint and abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, bloating and rashes, many claim that eliminating dietary gluten has a beneficial effect. Researchers say that although most such patients don’t have celiac disease or wheat allergy, their symptoms are real, and eliminating gluten may well be a valid strategy for relief. getAbstract recommends this article by Science writer Kelly Servick to those who suffer from unexplained symptoms they suspect may be gluten-related.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why millions of people are trying a gluten-free diet,
  • What may cause “nonceliac gluten sensitivity” and
  • Why researchers continue to seek nuanced solutions.
 

About the Author

Kelly Servick is a staff writer at Science magazine. She focuses on stories about biomedical research and policy.  

 

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An increasing number of people think they are gluten intolerant.

Gluten is a “tangle of proteins” found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Some three million Americans subscribe to a gluten-free diet, complaining that gluten causes joint and abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, bloating and rashes. Yet few of them test positive for wheat allergy or celiac disease.


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