Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gluten-Free In Italy

Great post from Robb Wolf:

"Now, Italy is interesting in that folks HAVE historically eaten loads of gluten containing pasta. Ya know what? Tons of people there are gluten intolerant! They screen for it at birth, and ANYWHERE you go to eat if you say “Sono Celiaco” they know exactly what to do, and remarkably…I never got sick while traveling there. The US is about 10-15 years behind the curve on this awareness. It’s not that gluten or similar grain intolerance happen less frequently, we are just not aware of them yet. I also find it ironic that an Italian, Alessio Fasano, was one of the first people to draw the connection between gluten intolerance, gut damage and other autoimmune diseases."

Fasano is one of the premier researchers on this stuff, and as you peruse through the literature, you find that a lot of it is being done in Italy. 

Now if even the Italians haven't adapted to eating wheat...