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Published On March 18, 2015


Is There Still Room for Gluten?

In this video, MGH researcher Alessio Fasano distills fact from fiction in the gluten wars.

The gluten revolution is afoot. Diets that eliminate or reduce gluten dominate the popular conversation about nutrition and health, prompting one out of three Americans to try gluten free products. It is “by far the most popular diet ever in the United States,” says Alessio Fasano, Director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. “And the vast majority of those trying a gluten free diet do it because they believe the diet is healthier.”

Media coverage has drawn connections between the gluten protein and many of today’s chronic conditions—from ADHD to asthma to irritable bowel syndrome. To what degree are these claims legitimate?

On March 10, 2015 Fassano provided a detailed overview this controversial protein—from its place in agricultural history to its intersection with environmental and genetic factors to produce conditions like celiac disease. He also discusses his own research, which aims to identify predictive warning signs and develop interventions before celiac disease and other gluten related conditions can do harm.

To hear this lecture, click here

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