What is the deal with gluten?

What is the deal with gluten?

What’s the deal with gluten? Gluten may be the most confusing diet fad to hit the mainstream in a long time. Although grocery stores are littered with gluten free items. It’s the biggest buzzword around the diet world today. Everyone is going gluten free. But what is gluten and is this whole gluten revolution worth looking into? Or is it just another fad, perpetuated by some minority alarmist group of gluten haters? Gluten is a protein found naturally in wheat and used in breads, dressings, seasonings, hair products and many other products found on the grocery store shelves. From a manufacturers standpoint, it’s purpose as a binding agent acts as a glue helping to create a dough-ey or cohesive consistency. From a consumers standpoint, it wreaks havoc on our digestive systems. The confusion mainly lies with gluten’s general tie to celiac disease. Celiac is a medically diagnosed condition where gluten essentially ruins the microfibrils in your stomach and digestive tract making it impossible to digest other nutrients. People who have celiac to suffere from malnutrition and excessive weightloss. According to Alessio Fasano, a leading researcher of gluten sensitivity, less than 3% of all people have full blown Celiac disease. Beyond that, only 18% of all people experience symptoms of gluten sensitivity (achy stomach, joint pain, headaches). So if less than 18% of all people are gluten sensitive why are we all told to eat gluten free? According to Fasano’s research 100% of people are susceptible to silent symptoms of gluten intolerance. These symptoms are undetectable by our young and underdeveloped gluten sensitivity tests. When gluten creates irritation in your...
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