Researchers from King’s College London studied 1,004 infants in the United Kingdom. The scientists found that 1.4% of children who avoided allergenic foods and exclusively breastfed until age 6 months developed celiac disease at 3 years. In comparison, none of the infants who were introduced to a high dose of gluten (4 grams of wheat protein per week) from age 4 months developed the disease at age 3.

The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics and offer some promise in the fight against this autoimmune malady. Celiac disease can damage the lining of the gut and lead to a host of problems, including bloating, chronic fatigue and nutrient malabsorption.

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