Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8 a.m.
A panel of experts recently released a report that proposed a new way of classifying gluten-related disorders, according to The Wall Street Journal. The authors of the report, which was partially supported by a company that sells gluten-free products and published in the journal BMC Medicine, assert that people's reactions to gluten should be considered on a spectrum, rather than diagnosed as simply showing tolerance or intolerance to gluten.
"It is well possible that many individuals are on a gluten-free diet for no sound medical reasons," wrote the authors of the report, which was quoted in The Wall Street Journal article. Researchers and gastroenterologists are trying to find a precise measure or biomarker for diagnosing gluten sensitivity.
The Wall Street Journal reports that as of this year, about 1 percent of people in the U.S. have celiac disease, which shows a fourfold increase over the past 50 years, and is a statistic that has raised some red flags in the medical community.
The good news is that in the city, whether you're gluten sensitive or have full-blown celiac disease, you can still get your carb fix: Many restaurants, like a new pizza parlor in Hell's Kitchen, Don Antonio by Starita
, have started featuring gluten-free bread products on their menus.
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