Our first clinical study tested the effects of Gluten Friendly™ bread on celiac patients. We involved 50 celiac volunteers from the Apulia Region, Italy's breadbasket. They ate Gluten Friendly™ bread daily for three months. In our Gluten Friendly™ flour, gluten epitopes that are toxic for celiacs are not recognized by immunological assays, and show a drastic reduction of cross-reactivity with antibodies. With these findings, we partnered with Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital at San Giovanni Rotondo. The study was made possible with funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SME Programme and NGW's industrial partner, Casillo Group - a great team effort that makes us proud. We thank all the volunteers for their time and enthusiasm. We are excited to share their experience in their own words.
Research is the only thing that can remedy any kind of disease. If my participation, that millesimal particle that I contribute to society, can help future generations, I am honored and happy to do it.
We must make a distinction between those who choose to eat gluten free and those who are forced to eat gluten free. People with celiac disease, must eat gluten free by necessity. People who choose to eat gluten free, that’s a lifestyle. That’s something else entirely.
Obviously, one issue that I have confronted from the beginning, is the lack of choices. If I want a croissant, I can’t just walk into the first café I see. I have to absolutely go to the one that makes gluten free.
The problem is not just with foods, but also with things you might not expect. Sure we consume food, but how often do we get sick? So contamination is another risk factor for celiacs, and we must be careful.
When we gather as a family, there’s seven of us celiacs. Dining becomes a bit complicated. Many times we bring our own pasta, we bring our own bread. At the beginning, my wife used to bring even the pans.
For a person who for 40 years ate everything, and now finds himself unable to eat bread, unable to eat pasta... To think that wheat, the most natural thing, the simplest thing in the world, causes me harm... It's unfathomable.