There has been a lot of talk about whether or not ancient grains are a healthier option for those with gluten issues. Some scientists believe that the increased occurrence of gluten intolerance is in part caused by the consumption of genetic hybridization and/or manipulation of ancient wheat species, and that the gluten sensitivity is created by agricultural science.

Additionally, scientists are looking for ways to genetically modify grains so that they can be eaten by those with gluten sensitivity. The study below is relevant to you because it demonstrates why this approach is most likely unsafe to say the least.

A new study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition investigated to determine whether their was a difference between “ancient wheat” and modern strains of wheat in patients with celiac disease. The findings of the study might surprise you. You can read the conclusion of the study below:

Ancient strains of wheat, although previously suggested to be low or devoid of coeliac toxicity, should be tested for immunogenicity using gluten-specific T-cell lines from multiple coeliac patients rather than gluten-specific clones to assess their potential toxicity. Our findings provide further evidence for the need for a strict gluten-free diet in coeliac patients, including avoidance of ancient strains of wheat.

Source: Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb 14. pii: S0261-5614(13)00049-6.

Is Ancient Grain Safe?

According to this research study – NO. The rumors being spread around state that whole grain, organic, sprouted grains are safe. I have had a number of patients attempt to eat organic sprouted bread products and end up being very sick. My advice is to avoid them. The nutritional qualities of grains are relatively poor. Contrary to popular belief, they are not necessary for a healthy diet and the nutrients found within wheat can also be found in multiple other foods.

This is not the first study analyzing the safety of ancient forms of wheat in patients with celiac disease. Two additional studies were conducted last year on ancient wheat and specifically Kamut and Einkorn. Both found that the grains were toxic to celiacs.

Bottom line – If you are gluten sensitive, you should avoid these products despite the rumors that they are safe.

Always looking out for you,

Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior


4 thoughts on “Ancient Grains Not Safe For Celiacs

  1. arnold zimmerman says:

    Hello Dr. Osborne, I never realized how ignorant, arrogant and inept the medical community(including the so called holistic,alternative and complimentary MD’s were, until my partner, Diane was medically misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006.I knew something about this disorder but was certainly familiar with gluten free being all the rage. Diane was presenting symptoms of short term memory loss and unexplained weight loss(as an extremely fit and beautiful women of 58, weight trained, runner, excellent nutrition)she went from a rock solid 125-130lbs down to 98 pounds in 14 months, in addition to accumulating metals, adrenal exhaustion, low thyroid, etc.I knew these 5 arrogant neurologists were wrong and I set out to save her. Test after test showed nothing, including the serum tests for celiac, which were taken after she had been off gluten but a stool test showed high gliadin antibodies. I immediately took her off all grains, tried to find competent care but she just got sicker and at the end of 2008 she became psychotic. Eventually functional testing showed that the she had a leaky gut,major malabsorption, organic acid testing showed sky high levels of benzoate,parasites, mycotoxins,SCFA putrification. I discovered that she had celiac and even when I presented these facts no one in NYC knew what to do nor believed me. Testing showed that she had a detox defect in cytochrome P 450 and was not able to clear these toxins. I was eventually able to get her weight up to 112 pounds through blending, which is fine at 5’1 1/2″ She is dying now with maybe 2-4 months to live.She has a fungal infection in the brain. How can this happen in the 21st century, with people who claim to be GI experts and are writing books on this issue. As of a few months ago, I took her to see the “world expert” on celiac, Dr. Peter Green @ Columbia Pres. and he said she was a psych case. Need I say more.Thank you for your ongoing work and any suggestions to help Diane.

    • says:

      Sorry to here of your situation. It is tragic to say the least. I would encourage you to call my office (281-240-2229). This problem sounds complex and I would be remiss to give advice without first knowing more.
      I wish you the best,
      Dr. O

    • SS says:

      I’ve not heard of most of these tests, where do you get organic acid testing and all of these others? At a traditional Gastroenterologis’s office? I am also wondering about the status of your partner Diane, as this was posted a couple of years ago? Please let us know, thanks..

  2. kiki says:

    Two of my friends are gluten intolerance and they are consuming einkorn wheat with no problems. Many people with gluten sensitivity can consume einkorn with no problem!

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