Over the weekend we received a number of comments in response to our previous post, Our Perspective on “Wheat Belly” and we’d like to take a moment to address them. As the title of that post indicates, this is the perspective of the Grain Foods Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the public’s understanding of the important role grain-based foods play in a healthful diet. Our social media channels exist to share our perspective, just as Dr. Davis’ do to share his and yours do to share yours. We appreciate the honest feedback we received and would like to address the key themes of this feedback.
First, your comments weren’t being ignored. Comments on this blog are reviewed before they appear to prevent the posting of spam or profanity. There was no attempt to censor this feedback – our team was simply enjoying the long holiday weekend.
Second, there were comments questioning GFF’s funding sources. The Foundation is funded through voluntary donations from private grain-based companies and industry associations. However, any nutrition information we share is rooted in sound science and reviewed by independent nutrition experts from our Scientific Advisory Board.
Next, we’d like to make it very clear that we recognize celiac disease and gluten intolerance are both very real medical conditions that do require lifetime elimination of gluten-containing grains, including wheat. There is no question this is the proper medical treatment for these conditions and our response was not meant to discredit or question this. In fact, international gluten-free expert and registered dietitian, Shelley Case is a member of our advisory board; with her help, we regularly collaborate on programs to support the needs of the gluten-free community.
Finally, some of you question the merit of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are the gold standard of nutrition guidance in America. They are the most comprehensive review of the existing literature and are updated every five years to reflect new research. Every recommendation we share is based on these Guidelines. It is the most credible information available and we will continue to rely on them for our recommendations.
We also rely on current research published in top-tier peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, and regularly perform literature searches on diet and health. The scientific literature is replete with studies confirming the health benefits of whole-grains, including those from wheat. Aside from the very small percentage of the population that is intolerant to gluten, research proves that the rest of us will enjoy better health by consuming wheat products.
Grain Foods Foundation with the support of our Scientific Advisory Board