If someone eats gluten and has a CRP measurement of <0.1, would that be a conclusive way of showing that it truly doesn't affect them? I know CRP levels can be high for various reasons, and I know gluten intolerances can manifest in many ways without testing positive for celiac.
Would this be a way to 'clear' someone for eating bread?
I don't do well with bread, but it could be an interesting way of shifting the burden of proof to people who claim that bread/pasta/etc. doesn't harm them.
It wouldn't mean that bread was innocuous, necessarily, but yes it would be something for people to think about. It would also have to be a significant amount of bread. Gary Taubes got his blood work done while he was eating 1 piece of bread a day and I didn't think it was particularly good, but it wasn't so bad. His sensitive CRP was 0.7. Let's go sandwich and low-fat grain cereal per day on an otherwise paleo diet and see what happens. I'm not necessarily critiquing any use of grains in any form at all, just the idea that they are a healthy food that it is desirable to eat and certainly the claim that they are to be a significant amount of a person's diet like many government recommendations say.
I'm not entirely sure about the role of gluten per se. It certainly messes up people who are sensitive to it and I have seen ex vivo studies where it increase IL-8 in the gut, but I think the only aspect of grains that has been demonstrated to be bad for everyone so far are various lectins.
Also your figure means less than 0, I know what you mean though - optimal CRP.
Most all of our wheat in the US has been deamidated (they remove an amino acid from it) which some believe causes inflammation in most people, regardless of their gluten sensitivity status. Remember our wheat today is not the same wheat we had only decades ago.
I gave this answer on a similar post awhile ago.
I had an 18 hour saliva test about a year ago, under a Naturopath's care. It showed clearly that I am NOT Gluten intolerant, just as he is not. However, just like him, I am sensitive, if not allergic, to wheat. Within a few hours of eating wheat, I become MASSIVELY flatulent; again, just like the Naturopath. The more wheat, the more flatulence (and that can be a LOT of gas).
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