What is Gluten

What is Gluten and Gluten Sensitivity?

Hi there, I figure since you are reading this, you probably have gluten sensitivity or already know about gluten and you are possibly trying to stick to a gluten-free diet. Just incase you are like the majority of people that don’t know a thing about this gluten you’ve been hearing about or you want to know a little more, then this blog post is for you. I included links to celiac.org for a more detailed explanation.

First thing is first; before we talk about anything else you need to know, what is gluten?

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, triticale and all foods made from them and that is pretty much everything, ha. I think I have an idea what you just thought about, what is triticale? Yeah, I had that same thought too. Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye; it is similar to the quality of wheat while being able to grow in conditions similar to rye. Gluten is made up of two other proteins known as gliadin and glutenin.

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What is Gluten Sensitivity?

Anyone with gluten sensitivity may experience some of the more common symptoms of celiac disease. Once gluten is eliminated from the diet you will see some improvement. Symptoms for celiac include foggy mind, depression, abdominal pain, bloating, headaches, chronic fatigue, bone or joint pain, ADHD-like behavior, constipation and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms it does not mean you have celiac disease but to be certain if you must tested for celiac disease or for a wheat allergy. If it turns out that you have gluten sensitivity there is no indication that gluten will have the same damaging effect on your intestine that it does in celiacs.

I hope this post was of some help to you. For more detailed information on Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance visit celiac.org or gluten.net.