Doing a gluten free diet doesn't banish bloating

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Science has said actually, gluten doesn't cause nasty bloating as we all once thought. Shocked to our dietary core.

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Gluten has got a pretty bad reputation with celebs ditching it from their diets, and gluten free product sales forcast to hit $15 billion in America by 2016.

But it turns out, we were all wrong and actually gluten doesn't cause boating anymore - we should blame fruits instead.

Professor Peter Gibson, from Monash University and the Alfred Hospital was one of the first to say having a stomach sensitive to gluten could cause the bloats.

However, he has now associated these pleasant symptoms with short-chain carbohydrates called Fodmaps, coincidentally found in many of the foods that also contain gluten.

In his latest extensive study, Gibson followed 'gluten sensitive' subjects who were cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets without knowing what they were on. Their stool samples were also extensively examined. Fun times.

Gibson reports they found "absolutely no specific response to gluten," reports Business Insider.

"Where gluten was being blamed, the FODMAPs were probably the more important cause," he said.

Fodmaps can be found in dairy, stone fruits, apples, cereals, lentils, pasta, soy beans, fruit juice and honey.

Science types are now saying people with IBS should try following a low Fodmop diet to get rid of symptoms.

"It works on the principle that not all sugars can be absorbed within the small intestine," supports Dr Peter Irving, a gastroenterologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and The London Clinic.

"As a result, they are rapidly fermented by bacteria in the bowel which draws in fluid and produces gas," he added. "This can cause symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea."

So long apples, hello bread our old friend. How we've missed thee.

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