Adapted from: December Runner’s World Australia magazine
New study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercises questions the need to go gluten free for runners. Researchers fed cyclists the same gluten-free meals for two week-long periods, separated by 10 days. But in one of the weeks they were given gluten-free bars as a snack and in the other they ate bars that contained gluten. At the end of each week, they did a 45-minute steady ride and 15-minute hard effort. There were no significant differences either in performance or gastrointestinal symptoms, suggesting that if you are not diagnosed with coeliac disease, there is no reason why you should go gluten free to stay healthy and active.
Whilst it is important to recognise the need for gluten free food in the market for people diagnosed with coeliac disease, it has also been capitalised and exploited by advertising gluten free food as a healthy option which in fact is not. There are many published articles about gluten and coeliac disease. If you are not sure whether you are gluten intolerant or not, speak to your general practitioner or doctor for further medical advice.