whenever someone makes strong claims like that, always ask them for the
research they use to support those claims.
Because what happens is a complicated scientific manner gets translated
into simple terms and a lot of the key information is lost. It's like a bad game of telephone.
There is a
theory called the "Opioid excess theory" that certain people do not
fully breakdown proteins such as gluten or casein and they remain as peptides that
have an opioid-like effect. It has been hypothesized
that long-term exposure to opiate peptides can affect the brain. It is thought that these peptides bind to
opioid receptors in the brain which is similar to morphine-like substances. This is
why gluten free diets are sometimes recommended for children with autism or
attention deficit disorder. Unfortunately,
there is not clear evidence that this diet works for every child suffering with
such problems, although there is quite a bit of antidotal evidence.
know of any research showing this occurs with gluten insensitive individuals. This is more of a theory focused on children
with behavioral issues that may be applicable for teh general population but that is a big
may. We need more research!
Always check with your healthcare provider before making chagnes in your diet such as giving up gluten.
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