The grain quinoa seems safe for people with celiac
disease, a new British study suggests.
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People with coeliac 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 coeliac disease patients.
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To help settle the matter, researchers added 50 grams (just under 2 ounces)
of quinoa a day to the gluten-free diets of 19 coeliac 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
Quinoa was well-tolerated by the patients and did not worsen their
condition, according to the findings published in The American Journal of
"It's important to note that further studies are needed to determine
the long-term effects of quinoa consumption 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 coeliac patients," Zevallos
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