Scientific evidence for gluten sensitivity & more news

In this month’s gluten free news, scientists have found biological evidence for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Star Trek star Zoe Saldana goes gluten free and a Colorado gluten free beer hits the local market.

Weakened intestinal barrier may be key to identifying non-celiac gluten sensitivity

A new study found evidence that non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) may be linked to a weakened intestinal barrier. This weakened barrier leads to a body-wide inflammatory response, which can be detected via blood work.

The study, conducted at Columbia University Medical Center, provides evidence that NCGS is a real thing, which comes as a relief to many of us who couldn’t get a celiac diagnosis but know we can’t eat gluten. They also found that symptoms improved after six months of eating a gluten free diet.

I’m glad there is finally some evidence supporting my situation. I’m tired of being treated like I’m following a trend, or pretending to have a health issue. Seriously, I can’t eat gluten. I don’t really want to explain this every time I go to a restaurant or meet someone new. Yay science for beginning to provide the evidence that proves I’m not lying!

 

Zoe Saldana goes gluten, dairy free after Hashimoto’s diagnosis

In a recent interview with Net-a-Porter’s web magazine Porter, Zoe Saldana revealed she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Her condition is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid, often leading to hypothyroidism. Thyroid disorders are often found alongside celiac disease, and while she hasn’t mentioned that diagnosis, she did tell Porter magazine that she’s adopted a gluten and dairy free diet. However, in other recently published interviews like this one with Delish, she indicated she eats “80% gluten free.”

Well, whether you’re 80% in or all the way, welcome to our world, Zoe. We’ve got lots of recipes and a lovely, supportive community!

 

Colorado gluten free brewery launches local distribution

Golden, Colorado gluten free brewery Holidaily has recently started distributing 16-ounce cans of their flagship brew to stores and restaurants in Colorado. Founder Karen Hertz, frustrated with existing gluten free beers on the market, decided to start her own brewery and make something better. A unique feature of her brewery is her custom equipment designed specifically for gluten free grains.

As a New Mexican, I’m excited to have a craft beer option in the next state over – I’m in a rough place for gluten free craft beer over here! For now, I’ll still have to make a pretty big road trip to try this, but I’m hopeful it’ll make its way south eventually.

What do you think about non-celiac gluten sensitivity? What do you think when celebrities go gluten free? What’s your favorite gluten free beer? Tell me in the comments!

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