Could quinoa be unsuitable for some celiacs? Some folks think, possibly.
I keep hearing about this quinoa possibly not being safe for celiacs malarky. There don’t seem to be any concrete findings on this issue as yet but I decided I was too intrigued by the possibility of quinoa being another dodgy grain for celiacs not to ask for your thoughts.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for itâ€™d edible seeds. It’s not really considered a grain but I only discovered this fairly recently since it looks, acts and tastes like a grain to me. 🙂 I didn’t discover quinoa until I was diagnosed as celiac and began looking for tastyÂ new gluten free alternatives. It’s since become one of my favourites as itâ€™s so flexible! I love eating it for breakfast with peanut butter and fresh fruit or later in the day as a salad or a side. Itâ€™s gluten free, high in protein and very tasty so itâ€™s perfect forÂ celiacsâ€¦or is it? Mwahahaha (evil voice)
A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found thatÂ some varieties of quinoa may in fact trigger symptoms in some people with celiacÂ disease. My response when I first read this was not a happy one. Sometimes it feels like all of our “safe, go-to foods” are slowly being taken away from us.
So why do some people think quinoa may not be 100% safe for celiacs?
Researchers tested 15 different varieties of quinoa and found that twoÂ contained “levels of celiac toxic elements sufficient to cause an allergic response in aÂ minority of gluten-sensitive people.”
Interestingly though, all of the varieties tested were confirmed to have lower thanÂ 20ppm which is the level currently believed to be safe for most celiacs. 20ppm is the limit set for “gluten free” products in most countries and theÂ proposed limit that products would have to adhere to here in the US. So do these findings really show any kind of a threat at all? I wonder how other naturally gluten free grains like rice, buckwheat or amaranth would test on the gluten scale..
Whilst research such as this is always a little concerning for those of us whoÂ are already on a limited diet, I definitely wouldnâ€™t worry about it just yet. A lot moreÂ research still has to be done to figure out whether a gluten response from quinoaÂ really is a possibility in those of us with celiac disease.
Personally I eat quinoa pretty regularly and I feel great. I have never had a negative response to quinoa. How about you?
Â UPDATE: I’m revisiting the quinoa issue as I’ve had a few mild gastro symptoms recently and something I’ve been eating quite a lot of is quinoa. I’m not completely sure and I’m not ruling it out quite yet but I’d love to hear your experiences. Do you eat a lot of quinoa?