Gluten does not lead to obesity


An extensive and thorough research conducted by Fred JPH Brouns of the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, proves: gluten consumption is not responsible for obesity (*). The work is a response to publications such as the book “Wheat Belly”, one of the first to spread the false theory that consumption of fattening gluten.

The work Brouns made no less than five major scientific reviews, addressing the impact of the consumption of cereals on health. The main conclusion of this work: the intake of whole grains, of which the most consumed globally is wheat, has positive effects on health and contributes to weight loss.

“It is clear that adverse effects on individuals with celiac disease can not be ignored, but the consumption of whole grains, such as wheat, should be encouraged, particularly to replace the refined foods,” he says.

According to the study results, the regular consumption of whole grain products are associated with significant reductions in the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and promote weight loss diets. In fact, research has shown that individuals who consumed larger amounts of whole wheat register minor amount of visceral fat accumulation.

The survey also dropped fallacious arguments, such as that registered in the same “Wheat Belly” by which the consumed wheat would now genetically modified, resulting in adverse effects on body weight and pave the way for disease.

That argument does not hold, for two reasons. First, because there is no GM wheat on a commercial scale. Transgenic wheat has not been approved for consumption, only existing in controlled laboratory tests.

Second, because wheat is the staple food of many nations for centuries and centuries, without there being any reports of harmful effects on body weight or appearance of chronic diseases.
(*) The full study, which was presented in LACC3 – Latin American Cereal Conference Brazil 2015 for the following email address: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0733521013000969

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