Fake News #1 – Low carb diets linked to risk of birth defects

↑ Click to read full article at MailOnline

Look at that headline! Sounds awful doesn’t it? But what this is really about is fortified bread. In many countries bread has added folic acid (an artificial, non-nature identical form of folate, also known as vitamin B9) to ensure mothers get enough of this essential nutrient to avoid neural tube defects (NTDs) – such as spina bifida – in their babies. Being on a low carb, paleo, ketogenic or gluten free diet means not eating bread, so mums might not be getting this particular additive. So what earns this story our coverted fake news award? Continue reading

Gluten-free diet MAY be unhealthy and MAY increase risk of heart attack (or not)

OK, so I made up the quote above, but it captures a certain zeitgeist that’s in the air right now. The media is all too keen to uncritically give gluten-free and clean diets a kicking at the moment, wagging fingers at all those ‘silly people’ who fell for the anti-gluten message even though they don’t have coeliac disease – what fools!

Except, as we have explained in multiple articles on this site, gluten has a far greater reach than that 1% who have classic coeliac disease. Non coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a recognised and studied condition, with an estimated prevalence of up to 6% of the population.

And even a cursory look behind these dismissive headlines shows that the studies they are based on add almost nothing to our understanding of gluten pathology, and indeed contradict themselves. Continue reading