Gluten Intolerance and Grain- Fed Meat

According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes gluten intolerance) affects 1% of healthy, average Americans. That means at least 3 million people in our country are living with celiac disease—97% of them are undiagnosed. What many of them want to know is are they at risk when they consume grain-fed meat? The good news and short answer is no.
Most of us learned about the digestive system in our early elementary years. Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University reminds us that during digestion food proteins are broken down and converted into animal proteins ensuring that meat, regardless of what the animal is fed, will not contain any gluten.
“It’s either going to be broken down and absorbed or it’s going to be passed through the large intestines and out the other end”, states Washington State University livestock specialist, Paul Kuber.
The only way gluten can be in meat is if the meat has been processed using fillers, breading or some other type of preparation that adds gluten containing products. But meat, by itself, is always gluten-free.
The Celiac Disease Foundation and Mayo Clinic list fresh meat and unbreaded poultry and fish as safe to eat for those with celiac disease. So go ahead and fire up the grill and celebrate your Independence with
delicious PHNB beef!
Written by Ellie Smith