How Gluten Is Linked To Anxiety Levels
How Gluten Is Linked To Anxiety Levels

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It seems that everything and even more has already been said about gluten, but experts continue to research it and, oddly enough, find a lot of new things. Gluten's ability to influence anxiety levels has been the subject of recent scientific research. We will tell you what the specialists came to in the end.

To begin with, remember that gluten or gluten is a high molecular weight protein found in most cereals (especially wheat, rye and barley). It only poses a real danger to people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) or food allergies. In the first case, gluten disrupts the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, adversely affecting the tissues of the stomach, which can cause an inflammatory reaction of the body.

There is still debate about the harm (or lack thereof) of gluten for the body of a healthy person. Some experts are of the opinion that even people without celiac disease will not benefit from gluten, and recommend giving it up. Others, on the other hand, argue that gluten has no effect on the body of a healthy person.

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Photo: @_jeanettemadsen_

According to the latest research, gluten consumption can actually affect anxiety levels, not only in people with celiac disease, but also in completely healthy people. The participants in the experiment did not consume pure gluten, but products that contain it. All of these foods have a high glycemic index, that is, they cause a sharp change in blood sugar levels. A jump is always followed by a sharp decline, and this, in turn, causes anxiety (we talked about other products that affect our emotional background here).

So, by avoiding wheat buns and pasta, you actually reduce your risk of anxiety. But it's impossible to say for sure whether sugar or gluten is to blame.

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