I am still not sure the jury is in on gluten being quite the absolute evil it is generally assumed to be in the paleosphere although I do agree we don't need grains, they are poor food sources compared to meat, fish, veg, roots etc and pretty much everyone is probably better off without gluten.
But.... I really, REALLY like a tiny (i.e. inch-square) piece of sourdough (usually rye) toast loaded with butter with my morning eggs. This is my ultimate paleo sticking point and why I can't really call myself primal/paleo though the rest of my diet is pretty clean. So my question is, if you are not celiac where gluten damages via an auto-immune response (been tested) have no autoimmune issues, have tried a gluten-free trial and felt no different without it or then re-introducing it, is any damage I am potentially causing via the gliadin/leaky gut hypothesis related to the dose of gluten I am ingesting?
I have read Chris Masterjohn, who I think is a pretty solid researcher, and I think, Stephan Guyenet, both state that there are no hard studies that prove gluten causes leaky gut however I have read enough about the possible effect on zonulin that in turn causes leaky gut to never eat much of the stuff again. But is a tiny amount (and, obsessive that I am, I've worked out it is probably only about 20mg of gluten at most!) Is this going to cause me leaky gut/arthritis/who-knows-what in the future - thoughts?
Obviously I realise there is no hard answer to this, it is my life and actually I feel the continued stress of wrestling over whether I should or should not be eating gluten is more likely to trigger ill health but I am open to opinion!