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I have heard gluten will cause cancer to grow?

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I have heard gluten will cause cancer to grow. Is this true? I know sugar will cause growth but not sure about gluten.

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The answer

There is no evidence that gluten will cause cancer to grow. There is, however, a condition called coeliac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten, a constituent of wheat. The treatment of coeliac disease is to have a gluten-free diet but there is a link between the disease and a slightly increased risk of bowel cancer, particularly if the diet is not adhered to. By the way, the only reason that sugar (glucose) causes cancer growth is that all cells, including any cancer cells, need glucose to survive. This is not the same thing as eating sugar causing cancer.

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