[24 May/Food Dive]

Kamut International claims eating products made from the Khorasan wheat variety instead of modern wheat could reduce symptoms of gluten based on its pilot study. About 1.7 million Americans had celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten and other factors. A million Americans avoid gluten without celiac diagnosis. Kamut International suggested modern wheat could contribute to chronic conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It recently funded a clinical trial that found significant differences in blood markers between 20 people who ate products made from Khorasan wheat and 20 people who ate products from modern wheat. The Khorasan wheat group had a 6 percent improvement in cholesterol, as well as improvements in enzymes related to liver health.