Does coffee have gluten? Aren’t all celiacs skinny? Won’t gluten absorb through the skin? All basic myths people think are true in the celiac world. Now time to debunk these and much more thanks to the experts who lead a session today at the International Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago.
Do coffee or corn contain gluten?
No they don’t. Both are safe for people with celiac disease to consume, per Dr. Stefano Guandalini. *As a side note I would add, if you are adding multiple flavors and additives to your fancy coffees, you will need to check on those. And creamed corn should be confirmed gluten free.
Gluten makes you fat….
Technically no it does not. Claims from books like Wheat Belly are incorrect, per Dr. Stefano Guandalini. *He did add you may want to check your lifestyle if you are concerned about your weight.
I can have genetic tests done to confirm my non-celiac gluten sensitivity
No you can’t. There is no gene to test for NCGS, per Dr. Stefano Guandalini. *Don’t let a company or medical practitioner convince you otherwise.
I can eat gluten and just take an over-the-counter glutenase product and I won’t get the effects of the gluten.
Wrong. There is no evidence that the current glutenase-style products that are available on the market right now work, per Dr. Stefano Guandalini *Lots of research is being done however to get a reliable product like this on the market.
People with celiac are always thin
This is a serious myth that I know even medical practitioners believe. According to Melinda Dennis a Registered Dietitian at Beth Israel, 40% of people diagnosed with celiac are overweight at their time of diagnosis. 4-5% are underweight.
I will lose weight on the gluten-free diet
Again, wrong. Overall, according to Melinda Dennis, RD, most patients tend to gain weight when their gut heals and they can absorb nutrients again. Better absorption of food + same caloric intake = weight gain.
My tTG test is in the normal range after going gluten free. My gut must be healed!
Unfortunately that is not the case. Melinda Dennis, RD says research shows 30-60% of celiac patients on a gluten-free diet still have damage to their small intestine.
All of my cosmetics, lotions, hair products must be gluten free because the skin absorbs gluten
No. Dr. John Zone, who is a dermatologist says the skin has stratum corneum which is like a “Saran Wrap” or a protective barrier to keep gluten from permeating into the body. The same holds true for hair follicles which have a protective barrier. A break in the skin will allow absorption. Lipstick needs to be gluten free.
Celiac caused my eczema because it improved on a gluten-free diet
Actually the gluten-free diet may have helped the eczema, but celiac doesn’t cause eczema or psoriasis according to dermatologist John Zone. If you are in an inflamed state (after eating gluten perhaps), your other skin condition (like eczema or psoriasis) could flare up. Dermatitis Herpetiformis is the skin condition treated by the gluten-free diet. You must ingest gluten in order for DH to appear. According to Dr. Zone, gluten touching the skin will not prompt a DH reaction.
I work in a bakery, but I don’t eat the gluten-containing food. I am okay.
That may not be okay actually. Dr. John Zone, a dermatologist, says he has seen cases where celiacs can get sick from breathing in large amounts of gluten in the air. What you breathe (like flour in the air at a bakery) is often ingested. While it is not all that common, it can happen.
The experts admitted they may not convince everyone of their reasoning to debunk the myths on certain topics (particularly in the case of the gluten being absorbed by the skin), that but they made sure to make their cases to help you make the best decision you can during day-to-day life.
Thank you to to the large panel of experts who weighed in at #ICDS2013 today! It was a lively discussion!