Unnecessarily gluten free

AN estimated 16% of Australians older than 15 avoid wheat, and of those, one in three self-diagnose wheat intolerance, survey data shows. 1

Similarly, among people reporting coeliac disease, about 14% do not have a medical diagnosis so might be unnecessarily avoiding gluten grains. 1,2 Removing grains from the diet for no proven medical reason can have detrimental effects on long-term health.

Definitions

According to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), wholegrain means the

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