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THE WHEAT AND THE CHEF

Do you suffer from diarrhoea or constipation after gorging on pizza?

Written by Debesh Banerjee | Published: May 28, 2011 12:00:13 am

Do you suffer from diarrhoea or constipation after gorging on pizza? It might help to get checked up for Celiac disease,a condition where people become intolerant to gluten,a protein commonly found in wheat and other grains like barley and oats. Though symptoms vary from person to person,it is a common disease and has been described as an epidemic by the Indian Council of Medical Research in an editorial in January 2011. “This often goes undiagnosed for years causing irreparable damage to the liver lining and intestines. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer of the stomach or intestine,” says nutritionist Ishi Khosla,who has addressed this issue in her latest book,Is Wheat Killing You?,a 240-page tome (Penguin,Rs 399) that outlines causes and consequences of wheat allergies,with detailed case studies and remedies.

The book was launched at Diva,an Italian restaurant in GK-II,on Thursday. A flock of fashionably attired socialites descended upon the venue on time. Chief Minister Sheila Dixit came a bit late,but made up by expressing her gratitude to Khosla for addressing this sticky subject. “I have noticed that this disease often goes unnoticed in India whereas in the West people are fairly clued in. As per studies,at least one per cent of the population suffers from this disease,” said Khosla,whose son has also been diagnosed with Celiac disease.

The book also lists recipes for dishes,free from gluten. There are details on making breakfast dishes like besan cheela,crepes,pancakes and various kinds of flour. Clearly,it is a laudable attempt at talking about gluten resistance in our diet.

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