Tak­ing the pith: are you avoid­ing fruits’ best bits?

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

A gluten-free diet is of­ten per­ceived to be health­ier, but a new study sug­gests that the rate of heart dis­ease is higher in those who avoid gluten than in those who eat it. The re­search, pub­lished in the Bri­tish

Med­i­cal Jour­nal, an­a­lysed the di­ets of 64,714 women and 45,303 men over 26 years, and found those in the top 20 per cent of gluten eaters were less likely to suf­fer from heart dis­ease than the low­est 20 per cent. The re­searchers spec­u­late that by­pass­ing gluten low­ers in­take of heart-healthy whole grains, and say that the pro­mo­tion of gluten­free di­ets to those with­out coeliac dis­ease should not be en­cour­aged.

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