So you think you’re gluten intolerant? It might go against the grain, but a growing body of research suggests that gluten might not be the cause of your gut problems at all. Researchers at King’s College London, working with leaders in the field at Melbourne’s Monash University, now believe that types of carbohydrates known as Fodmaps are the likely cause of chronic gut pain and other symptoms often attributed to gluten intolerance.Standing for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols, Fodmaps are types of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and researchers now believe are responsible for the stomach pains, bloating, wind and altered bowel habits experienced by those suffering the symptoms of IBS.Although Fodmaps are found in many foods – legumes, pulses, cow’s milk, soft cheese, yoghurt, and fruit and vegetables including apples, mangoes, onions and garlic just to name a few – they are also present in some foods that contain gluten. So while wheat-based bread, pasta and cereals, for example, might trigger gut symptoms, Fodmaps – not gluten – are the likely culprits, researchers believe.
I am sure that many people diagnosed with Coeliac Disease would be horrified at such research and would proclaim that this research must be flawed with an error. On the other hand, some may applaud the research and want to try re-introducing gluten into their diet. We would love to hear your thoughts.