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Eating a high-fiber diet during pregnancy may cut the risk of celiac disease for the baby

Monday 10/June/2019 - 08:59 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
If women eat a high-fiber diet during pregnancy، their child may be at lower risk of celiac disease، a new study suggests، as the Daily Mail said.
Celiac disease causes gluten intolerance، in which the immune system mis-identifies gluten from wheat، barley and rye as a pathogen and tries to fight the small intestine، causing diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

About one percent of the population has the autoimmune disease - and it's seen a steep rise in recent years.

But by eating plenty of broccoli، beans، fruits، potatoes and other high-fiber foods while carrying a baby، a woman may be able to help protect her child from developing celiac disease، a Norwegian study suggests.

Researcher at the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) found that for every 10g more fiber women ate each day، their children's risks for celiac disease declined by eight percent.


Not only does celiac disease mean those who develop it will have to spend the rest of their lives dodging bread، pasta and anything with wheat flour to prevent diarrhea and gas، they may e at higher risk of lymphoma or bowel cancer.

There's no cure for celiac disease. It can be managed by eating a gluten free diet، but any bit of wheat or barley could trigger the symptoms of celiac.

And it's become a more common phenomenon in recent years.

Researchers suspect the autoimmune disease is in part genetic and in part environmental.

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