ELI5 Gluten - why have folks suddenly become allergic to gluten this past decade?


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Humanity has lived off bread for thousands of years, so why has the past decade seen such a rise in people 'allergic' to gluten? What is gluten intolerance? What is Celiac’s disease? Why did doctors once think that a banana diet was its cure? Finally, are there any negative effects from a gluten-free diet?

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