Defining Tolerable Amount of Gluten for People With Celiac Disease
Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in England reviewed several past studies to determine if there was a particular gluten level that was tolerable for people with celiac disease. The review, published in Aliment Pharmacology Therapy , found that the tolerable levels of gluten can vary greatly between individuals.
About the Study
Researchers conducted a
- Amount of daily gluten to cause intestine abnormalities ranged from 10 mg-36 mg (milligram).
- In one trial, no symptoms were present with 200 mg/day but three patients had loose stools with 1 gram/day.
- In one trial, symptoms were not induced by 36 mg/day.
- In a separate trial symptoms, were induced by 1.5 mg/day.
How Does This Affect You?
It is very important to manage celiac disease to prevent long-term damage and secondary illnesses. There may be varying degrees of reliability between the studies reviewed here. However, it does appear that gluten tolerance may vary greatly between individuals.
Work closely with your doctor to find the right balance for you. Once you know your gluten goals, work with a dietitian to develop a varied nutrition plan. Look for gluten-free foods as a substitute for foods that are traditionally high in gluten.
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Akobeng AK, Thomas AG. Systematic review: tolerable amount of gluten for people with coeliac disease. Aliment Pharma Th . 2008 Jun 1;27(11):1044-52. Epub 2008 Feb 29.
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