The Demonization of Gluten

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Celiac is an autoimmune disease for which we know the trigger. The culprit? Gluten. (Photo: Pixabay)

Season 7, Episode 14

This week on Freakonomics Radio:

Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven’t been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have quit gluten – which may be a big mistake.

And Steve Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner take on the honor system.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “The Demonization of Gluten” and “Can You Be Too Smart for Your Own Good? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions.”

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