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    Default Early Introduction Of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease In Children, Study Finds

    Kings College London
    September 28 2020

    Introducing high doses of gluten from four months of age into infants' diets could prevent them from developing coeliac disease, a study has found.
    These results from the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) Study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, by researchers from King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, St George's, University of London, and Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle, suggest the early introduction of high-dose gluten may be an effective prevention strategy for the disease, though researchers say further studies are needed before being applied in practice.


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    Default Re: Early Introduction Of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease In Children, Study Finds

    Do we understand coeliac disease well enough to make this kind of prediction, or attempt this kind of study on infants?
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    Default Re: Early Introduction Of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease In Children, Study Finds

    Here is my concern: Why would it be considered necessary to eat gluten? It is not a necessary nutrient. Making it possible to eat something which is unnecessary just seems like a big sales pitch to me. I have a congenital condition which requires that I do not eat any gluten. Why would I want to do that?

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    Default Re: Early Introduction Of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease In Children, Study Finds

    I understand where you're coming from Maurya, and it does seem like a strange thing to do. The way I looked at it, with so many products containing gluten, you have to make an effort to remove it from your diet. Children will most likely be faced with gluten-containing foods at some stage in their lives. Some will develop coeliac disease, so this may help avoid it.

    Not saying it's a good idea, it seems a bit extreme, just my understanding.

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    Since gluten contains no nutritional value and is optional in most of the food it's added to, I consider the whole concept of adding it to infants as bordering on insanity. Julieanne, I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant when I was 65 and I've found it's relatively easy to avoid. Gluten intolerance has become common enough that foods containing gluten are universally clearly labeled so it's really not difficult to avoid. I buy gluten-free bread and gluten-free crackers. I've learned to inquire about processed foods that might contain gluten, such as that mock lobster (the packaged fish that looks like lobster chunks). You would not expect it to contain gluten, yet the person working the fish counter found the label on the shipping carton that specifies gluten that's one of the ingredients. But by and large, gluten is easy to avoid without any real inconvenience.
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