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New Study Suggests That Non-Celiac ‘Gluten Sensitivity’ Is Caused By Another Molecule

While only a small percentage of people suffer from Celiac Disease (aka a gluten allergy), many more claim to have “gluten sensitivity.” Typical reported symptoms include bloating and uncomfortable stomach feelings after eating wheat products, and staying away from those usually results in people feeling better.

Because of gluten’s reputation these days, it’s easy to point the finger at this protein network as the responsible culprit. However, new research suggests that a different molecule in wheat may be responsible for the reactions people are having.

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The study, which was published in the journal Gastroenterology, postulates that fructan, a carbohydrate found in wheat and other items, is actually responsible for the self-reported bloating. Other foods that contain fructan include onions and chickpeas.

To back up their claim, researchers put 59 self-diagnosed “gluten-sensitive” participants through a rotating panel of muesli bars, with the treatment switching every 2 weeks. The bars either were a placebo (no gluten or fructan), had added gluten, or had added fructan.

Surprisingly, fructan actually had the highest reported scores for both bloating and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a common symptom of self-reported gluten sensitivity. When it came to the number of participants, the greatest number reported their highest scores when eating the fructan bars, at 24 compared to gluten’s 13. Interestingly, 22 reported the placebo as having the most bloating/irritable bowel symptoms, however.

Nonetheless, fructan seems like it’s more significantly responsible for the bloating that gluten-sensitive people often have when they diagnose themselves. More research needs to be done to confirm exactly what fructan does to the body, but it now seems that for non-celiacs, gluten isn’t as bad as people think it is.

Fast Food

Chick-Fil-A Is Testing Gluten-Free Buns, But There’s A Catch


Chick-fil-A is expanding its gluten-free options. The chicken sandwich chain is currently testing a bun that’s completely free of gluten, reports Brand Eating.

You won’t find the buns at any Chick-fil-A, though. The only cities currently selling them are Boise, ID, Jackson, MS, and Seattle, WA.


According to Brand Eating, the bun will be served to customers in a sealed plastic bag. This is in order to ensure that the bun does not come in contact with the rest of Chick-fil-A’s none gluten-free kitchens.

The catch is that diners will have to assemble the sandwich themselves. A small price to pay for the keeping gluten out of your meal.

If you have a gluten allergy, you can request the specific bun at the participating Chick-fil-A locations. You just have to pay an extra $1.15.

Photo: Brand Eating via Chick-fil-A


Panera Bread Finally Comes Around To Latest Trend In Food

As the popular war against foods containing gluten rages on, all of the men and women who are legitimately allergic to gluten will now have something to celebrate.

Near the end of October, Panera Bread will unveil their new rosemary focaccia roll in its Michigan branches.

The plan is to eventually feature the roll in all branches nationwide sometime in 2016.

Time to start rootin' for gluten! Time to start rootin’ for gluten!

If you want to eat gluten-free products outside of Panera, you should be able to find plenty of options at your local Whole Foods. In the meantime, I’ll stick to my delicious $3 loaf of Wonderbread. I’m a glutton for gluten and proud of it, dammit.

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Packaged Food

General Mills Issues MASSIVE Honey Nut Cheerios Recall For Allergy Risk


Anyone sitting down to a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios may want to take a second look at their breakfast. General Mills announced a voluntary recall of several Honey Nut Cheerios products that may contain wheat that could harm those with allergies and other wheat-related health problems.

Because wheat is an undeclared allergen in this case, the recall is classified as a Class 1. This means that the products in question have the potential to cause serious health problems or even death.

According to Jim Murphy, president of the Big G cereal division, a human error was responsible for introducing wheat flour into the gluten-free oat flour at the Lodi, CA., factory.

General Mills stresses that consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance definitely should not consume the products with the following BETTER IF USED BY code dates:


Patrons with these products can hit up General Mills for a full refund. Since the discovery, the company has run extensive tests on all its flours and have implemented new protocols to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

About 1.8 million boxes are being recalled.

Good to see they’re being proactive about this and getting the word out, though some consumer comments on the blog say some have been feeling sick already.


The Truth Never Looked So Delicious


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A Pretty, Tongue-In-Cheek Look at How Hipster Diets Work


Do you know what gluten is? Three months ago, Jimmy Kimmel showed the world that most people in Los Angeles — self-proclaimed capital of the world for self-proclaimed sufferers of celiac disease — don’t. Rather, they’ve eschewed everything from pasta to cupcakes from their lives simply because, for some odd reason, it’s become trendy to do so.

This isn’t news. But every once in a while, ridiculous hipster food diets like these are still good for a laugh. Over at The Bold Italic, designer Michelle Rial drew up a small collection of infographics illustrating “Dietary Restrictions, In Chart Form.” Gluten-free, for example, when drawn up as a slice of toast, breaks down into white part being people who just think it’s “healthier,” the crust being people who get diarrhea, the butter being people “on a cleanse,” the shiny part of the butter being people listening to Gwyneth Paltrow, and the leftover crumbs being people who actually have celiac’s disease.

Check out the rest of the lovely, hand drawn charts below, which Rial was also kind enough to warn were manufactured “on shared equipment in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, and milk products.”



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Turns Out a Lot of Gluten-Free People Don’t Actually Know What Gluten Is [Watch]


In last year’s This is The End, Seth Rogen’s character Seth Rogen describes gluten as a blanket term for things that are bad for you, from calories to fat. While this isn’t entirely accurate (it’s actually a  composite wheat protein), the definition seems to work well enough for plenty of people as a solid reason to go gluten-free.

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy decided to venture into gluten-free capital of the world Los Angeles to interview self-proclaimed GF-ers and ask if they, in fact, know what gluten is. The results are probably as you’d expect, but hey, nothing beats laughing at hipsters and people who don’t eat pizza by choice.

Also, just because: