It’s Fructan, Not Gluten, That’s Causing Stomach Problems, Says New Research


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The gluten protein may not be the real reason for why many people experience bloating after eating wheat-containing food. Instead, a new study proposes fructan as the potential culprit for the sensitivity some are exhibiting.

As much as 13% of the population have bloating after eating gluten-containing foods and seek out alternatives. But perhaps, they should be looking for fructan-free products instead, say researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway and Monash University in Australia.

What is fructan? It’s a kind of carbohydrate found in wheat but also in onions, garlic and some other vegetables. Fructan was already found to be behind symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, which is…

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