Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in the gluten intolerance and celiac disease epidemic, a 2013 study in Interdisciplinary Toxicology shows.
“Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria.”
The results of the overuse of glyphosate on industrial crops has led to a tsunami of symptoms, the researchers say:
Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America.
If this is true and glyphosate is to blame for what gluten has previously gotten the rap for.
It makes sense to an extent. We’ve been eating wheat and wheat products since the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago and only recently have gluten intolerances and celiac become a problem. And these allergic reactions have coincided with a much broader gut health crisis across the board.