Controversial Aspects of the Gluten Free Diet

Unfortunately there is little agreement as to what a celiac diet is. In Switzerland it is one thing, in Holland another. In this country [United States] it depends upon whom one follows—the advocates of the banana, the advocates of fat restriction, or those who stress restriction of certain forms of carbohydrate.

—L. Emmett Holt, M.D., American pediatrician, 1955

There is no universally agreed upon gluten-free diet. Worldwide, there is scientific debate about what constitutes a gluten-free diet, particularly whether wheat starch and oats should be allowed.

The information in this chapter should give you a clearer picture of how wheat starch and oats fit into the gluten-free spectrum and should help you decide whether you want to include them in your diet.

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