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TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The grain quinoa
seems safe for people with celiac disease, a new British study
People with celiac disease have an immune response in the small
intestine when they eat the protein gluten, which is found in
grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Quinoa is often recommended
as part of a gluten-free diet, but prior research in the laboratory
had suggested that it might not be good for celiac disease
To help settle the matter, researchers added 50 grams (just
under 2 ounces) of quinoa a day to the gluten-free diets of 19
celiac patients for six weeks. The participants were free to choose
how they cooked the quinoa. The investigators tracked the
participants' health through blood, liver and kidney tests.
Quinoa was well-tolerated by the patients and did not worsen
their condition, according to the findings published Jan. 21 in
The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
"It's important to note that further studies are needed to determine the long-term effects of quinoa consumptions in people with celiac disease," study author Dr. Victor Zevallos, of the gastroenterology department at King's College London in England, said in a journal news release.
"The clinical data [in this study] suggests that daily consumption of quinoa (50 grams) can be safely tolerated by celiac patients," Zevallos concluded.
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