Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder in which ingestion of gluten damages the small intestine.  Experts say it affects one in one-hundred people worldwide and about 2.5 million people in the US are un-diagnosed and at risk for long-term complications with their health.

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Gluten Free Gwyneth Paltrow

OK, that's what Celiac disease is.  A few years back sufferers started eliminating gluten from their diets, and gluten is a protein that is found in some grains that gives bread and other baked goods elasticity during the baking process making the bread or cookies, etc., chewy.

So Celiac sufferers started eliminating gluten from their daily intake of foods and as almost anyone that stops eating breads will tell you they lost weight.  Cue the diet bandwagon!  It wasn't long before a 'gluten free' diet was adopted by people not suffering from Celiac, but to lose weight and also because there was rumor these diets boosted heart health.

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Elizabeth Hasselbeck - Gluten Free

Now comes a study that says a gluten free diet not only does not help your heart but that people that eat the least gluten are 15% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease than those who ate the most.

To make matters worse, Hollywood types jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon, and where once you had to search high and low in a grocery store to find gluten-less products, whole aisles are now devoted to the non-chewy selections.

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Even Billy Bob Is On the Gluten-Free Bandwagon

So there, and maybe this is a case like where every few years a study reports that caffeine is bad for us, to be followed by a new study stating caffeine adds to long life.  As for myself I like gluten products, and their chewiness - but I do not suffer from Celiac so there's no reasonable reason for me to avoid gluten.

As for the reliability of the new study, you can take it with a grain of salt.