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Gluten Intolerance May Not Be Real

In the most exciting news since sliced bread, one of the researchers who originally identified gluten sensitivity is now saying it may not actually exist. Peter Gibson of Monash University in Australia lent tremendous credibility to the gluten-free movement. His 2011 study showed that gluten could trigger gastrointestinal pain in people without Celiac’s disease, a known gluten-intolerant autoimmune disorder. However, his latest research suggests just the opposite. Gibson concluded, “In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten." Regardless of whether participants were on low or high gluten diets, they experienced the same level of pain. Some scientists suspect that FODMAPS (a type of poorly absorbed carbohydrate) is the true culprit, not the much-hated gluten.