Too much gluten while pregnant linked to increased diabetes risk for baby

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Experts warn against switching to a gluten-free diet because that may reduce intake of fibre, iron and B-vitamins

Eating a high gluten diet when pregnant appears to be linked to an increased risk of having a child who develops type 1 diabetes, new research suggests, although experts say expectant mothers shouldn’t rush to ditch bread and pasta.

While studies in rodents have suggested there a possible link between low gluten consumption in mothers and a lower incidence of type 1 diabetes in offspring, no such link has previously been found in humans.

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