it's well known that gluten may trigger an autoimmune reaction against the thyroid. A friend of mine is sensitive to gluten and has recently experienced brain-fog and fatigue after eating rice.
I read somewhere that there's the possibility of cross reactivity among gluten and any other types of grain (including rice). I guess the storage proteins do have similar properties and even rice may trigger a gluten-like reaction.
Does anyone know, if rice can cause an autoimmune response against the thyroid? Gluten obviously can and I presume rice protein has this ability as well, but some references and even n=1 experiences would be nice.
asked byThomy (2384)
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on March 11, 2012
at 06:46 PM
Occam says "what if the rice were cc'd with gluten?"
What brand? What type of rice - brown basmati? Rinsed before cooking? Cooked in a nice, tidy GF kitchen?
I've never seen any published research supporting the idea of cross-reactivity between gluten and other grains. I have seen research that suggests that some people are exquisitely sensitive to minute amounts of gluten. For example, the research that was done to determine a safe level of "gluten free" for celiacs. In that study, most tolerated 10 ppm but one person dropped out with a complete relapse of celiac symptoms. The proposed FDA standard is 20 ppm.
Another possibility - was the rice enriched? http://blog.glutenfreeclub.com/gluten-may-be-hiding-in-your-rice
Here's a small study showing levels of cc in "inherently gluten free" grains http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/contamination-of-naturally-guten-free-grains/
It is certainly possible that the problem is a reaction to the rice itself; but I don't think that is the most likely option.
on March 12, 2012
at 12:30 AM
I believe rice can suppress LDL receptor activity via miRNAs. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/09/21/what-you-eat-affects-your-genes-rna-from-rice-can-survive-digestion-and-alter-gene-expression/
on May 02, 2012
at 02:14 AM
Cyrex Labs does a cross-reactive blood tests that looks at the auto-immune reaction to various grains. Rice is one of these tested. In a recent test I had performed, it showed Rice as very reactive for me with auto-immune reactions that could trigger Hashimoto's.
on March 11, 2012
at 11:47 AM
Rice is a grain. All grains are doing harm even if they are free of gluten. Cut out all grains. As well as legumes and dairy. That's the basics of the paleo diet !! Just eat real food: meat, fish, all the good fat and vegetables.