Feeding infants gluten INCREASES the risk of gluten intolerance

Future glutenintolerants?

On the road to gluten intolerance?

Do you have an infant and wonder about the official speculative and controversial advice to give gluten (wheat-based food) to infants early, under “protection of nursing”? Forget this piece of advice.

I’m sure it’s well-meaning advice (whether or not it has been influenced by formula-manufacturers) but new science shows with certainty that this is wrong. This past fall I wrote about two new high-quality studies that show that early gluten introduction on the contrary INCREASES the risk for early gluten intolerance.

The other day, yet another study came out that blew another hole in the official dietary guidelines. However, this is just a statistical observational study. Children in various countries don’t develop less gluten intolerance if they are introduced to gluten earlier.

On the contrary, Swedish children, who on average are given gluten earlier than children in other countries, are significantly MORE gluten intolerant compared to American children, who are given gluten later than all other. This new statistics further supports last fall’s high-quality studies.

Do you want to avoid that your child becomes gluten intolerant, or at least postpone potential future intolerance? The best science we have then points in this direction: The later you have gluten and the less you have, the better it is.

Time for an Update?

So when will the agencies that issue dietary guidelines update themselves and stop giving advice on early gluten-introduction? Who knows. Judging from their record on the issue of natural saturated fat they can be at least a decade behind the science.

Perhaps todays infants will see updated official advice when they have their own children?


New Solid Studies: The Advice on Gluten for Infants Needs to Be Changed!

Gluten Makes a Growing Number of Swedes Sick

New Study: Is Today’s Wheat Bad for You?

Previously on wheat


  1. Boundless
    re: gluten

    Although the paper says "... containing gluten (follow-up formulas, cereals, porridges, bread, biscuits, or pasta containing wheat, rye, or barley), ..." what's really on the table here is runt mutant goatgrass (misleadingly sold everywhere as semi-dwarf hybrid wheat). Modern rye and barley may share many novel proteins now present in wheat.

    The study neglected to isolate for wheat, and further neglected to isolate for heirloom wheat vs. the modern toxin. Consequently, it may not be possible to make solid conclusions about gluten per se. Indeed, gluten may not be the biggest problem with modern wheat. The study also failed to track other factors now thought to have some bearing on CD: birth method and gut biome.

    Nonetheless, the message is clear - do not feed infants food-like substances contaminated with gluten-bearing grains.

    Don't eat yourself, either.

  2. Murray
    Even birds that eat grass seeds don't feed their chicks grass seeds: they feed them insects.

    From a Q&A article in the NYTimes, discussing hydration of chicks.

    A. Birds that feed exclusively on seeds can produce water internally, but they provide their chicks with water from other sources, said Kevin J. McGowan, the instructor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s home study course in bird biology. “Most birds, even those that eat primarily seeds as adults, feed their chicks insects, which contain water,” Dr. McGowan said. Some species, like crows, dunk food in water before feeding it to the chicks.


  3. Cameron Hidalgo
    Years ago a similar study said that eating peanuts caused a peanut allergy. It was later found that not eating peanuts causes a peanut allergy. Has this study been properly reviewed?

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