So… What is Gluten?

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So… What is Gluten?

 

Have you ever wondered what’s really going on with Gluten?

 

Let’s cut to the chase, gluten is a protein composite. Or a combination of two different molecules that form a bond: gliadin and glutenin. Gluten is the glue that helps food hold it’s shape. It’s what makes your bread have that chewy texture.

 

Pretty simple, right? So, how come it seems like nobody has a good answer when you ask them? To further prove this point, check out the hilarious video below of The Jimmy Kimmel Live show asking random “gluten- free” pedestrians – What is Gluten?

 

Video Creds: Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

 

Where is Gluten found?

 

A plant’s endosperm. Gluten is found in the tissue produced by plants that surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition. It’s present in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and triticale.

 

Common grocery store items include:

 

  • beer
  • coffee substitutes
  • soups
  • pasta
  • food colouring
  • sauces
  • salad dressings
  • roux
  • malt/malt vinegar
  • pastries
  • condiments
  • breads
  • processed meats

 

Or you know… everything that is DELICIOUS.

 

 

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How bad is Gluten for you?

 

Gluten becomes a serious problem for those with celiac disease or those who suffer from any form of gluten sensitivity. (The lucky ones who can consume gluten just need to avoid eating the gluten riddled junk food.)

 

For those who do not have a gluten sensitivity or do not have celiac disease, the gluten-free way might not really give any added health benefits. Dr. Leffler from the Harvard Medical School says “People who are sensitive to gluten may feel better, but a larger portion will derive no significant benefit from the practice. They’ll simply waste their money, because these products are expensive”.

 

There you have it. The quick run down on what gluten actually is. For more information on gluten free diets be sure to check out the links below:

 

Gluten-free diet (By the Mayo Clinic Staff)

9 Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-Free