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'''Gluten''' is a natural [[protein]] found in [[flour#wheat flour|wheat]], [[rye]], [[barley]] and some other cereal crops. Small numbers of people (possibly 6% <ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33486177 The great gluten-free diet fad]</ref>) need to avoid gluten or limit the amount they eat due to coeliac/celiac disease or gluten allergy frequently called wheat allergy. People who suspect they may have either condition should get proper diagnosis and medical advice. People without either condition sometimes assume there are health benefits from gluten free products or a gluten free lifestyle though there is no scientific evidence for any benefits to normal people from avoiding gluten. Indeed a gluten free diet can be unnecessarily restrictive and harmful for people without either of the above conditions. Remember people who have coeliac/celiac disease or gluten allergy get dietry advice from their medical helpers. People without those conditions will find it hard to get themselves a healthy diet without advice. <ref>[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gluten Gluten][http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gluten-free Gluten-free]</ref> Buying some gluten free products as part of as normal diet including foods like ordinary [[bread]] is at best a harmless but expensive [[wikipedia:Placebo|placebo]].
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'''Gluten''' is a natural [[protein]] found in [[flour#wheat flour|wheat]], [[rye]], [[barley]] and some other cereal crops. Small numbers of people (possibly 6% <ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33486177 The great gluten-free diet fad]</ref> need to avoid gluten or limit the amount they eat due to coeliac/celiac disease or gluten allergy frequently called wheat allergy. People who suspect they may have either condition should get proper diagnosis and medical advice. People without either condition sometimes assume there are health benefits from gluten free products or a gluten free lifestyle though there is no scientific evidence for any benefits to normal people from avoiding gluten. Indeed a gluten free diet can be unnecessarily restrictive and harmful for people without either of the above conditions. Remember people who have coeliac/celiac disease or gluten allergy get dietry advice from their medical helpers. People without those conditions will find it hard to get themselves a healthy diet without advice. <ref>[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gluten Gluten][http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gluten-free Gluten-free]</ref> Buying some gluten free products as part of as normal diet including foods like ordinary [[bread]] is at best a harmless but expensive [[wikipedia:Placebo|placebo]].
   
 
For the vast majority of people gluten can contribute to a healthy diet as the [[wheat]], [[barley]], [[rye]] other cereals that contain it it provides protein without the [[saturated fat]] common in meat. Cereals containing gluten have been a staple in many parts of the world since the start of agriculture and the effects of these foods are well known. Wheat protein complements the protein in [[pulses]], therefore dishes that combine wheat and pulses are beneficial. Try adding [[peas]], [[beans]], [[lentil]]s to pasta dishes or eating beans on toast for example.
 
For the vast majority of people gluten can contribute to a healthy diet as the [[wheat]], [[barley]], [[rye]] other cereals that contain it it provides protein without the [[saturated fat]] common in meat. Cereals containing gluten have been a staple in many parts of the world since the start of agriculture and the effects of these foods are well known. Wheat protein complements the protein in [[pulses]], therefore dishes that combine wheat and pulses are beneficial. Try adding [[peas]], [[beans]], [[lentil]]s to pasta dishes or eating beans on toast for example.
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