June/July 2014

House Call

Research Roundup: Quinoa is OK, Bad Reactions, Refractory Celiac Is Rare & More!

Super-nutritious quinoa is a staple for many on the gluten-free diet. A seed (not a grain), quinoa differs biologically from gluten-containing grains (wheat, barley and rye) but there’s been little data describing the gastrointestinal effects of eating quinoa for those with celiac disease. A study published in January in the American Journal of Gastroenterology determined that quinoa is not harmful. In fact, among study participants, all of whom had celiac, there was a trend toward improved small bowel health after quinoa consumption (about ¼ cup daily for six weeks). Eating quinoa also had a mild choles-terol-lowering effect, a heart-healthy benefit.   More...