With the rise in gluten allergies and celiac disease, it's amazing to think that a decade ago, gluten-free food was a rarity on supermarket shelves.
The latest statistics show that one in every 133 people has some sort of gluten intolerance. But eating healthy and following the strict guidelines required for someone with celiac disease can be quite costly. It's estimated that gluten-free foods are 242 percent more expensive than their gluten-packed counterparts.
While dealing with celiac disease and gluten intolerance can be a real hassle, one trial in Australia might have found a solution that could make living with the condition much more tolerable.
After a successful clinical trial in Australia, GluteGuard could be hitting store shelves before you know it.
GluteGuard contains enzymes from papayas that are believed to help make gluten more manageable.
For best results, the pill is taken just before a meal and is said to break down gluten into molecules that are no longer toxic for the body.
GluteGuard is being heralded as a real remedy for those suffering from gluten intolerance.
This has the potential to help people eat whatever they want! (Here's looking at you, bread.)
GluteGuard has been reported to alleviate damage caused by gluten and can even help prevent some chronic skin conditions caused by gluten consumption.
According to lead researcher for the pill, Professor Hugh Cornell, GluteGuard is the result of over four decades of research.
"It's going to take the worry out of people with a gluten-free diet. It's going to just take that worry away when people are traveling, or visiting friends, going out to restaurants, that type of thing. That's where it's going to be a big help," said Cornell.
Skeptics have been quick to point out that gluten intolerance and celiac disease are different conditions, and GluteGuard's effects on all forms could prove to be different.
Currently, GluteGuard is only available in Australia, but manufacturers hope for a worldwide release soon. To learn more, click here.