The Truth About Gluten

“I only eat gluten-free foods,” “Oh, I can’t eat that. It has gluten,” “Gluten is so bad for you.” These are some of the comments I have heard repeatedly from patients and friends in the last couple of years. Gluten free pizzas, breads, pastas, soups, baked goods and alcohol have recently popped up in all grocery stores and restaurants. This is great for people who actually need to avoid gluten; however, what does this mean for people who don’t need to eliminate gluten for their health?

What exactly is gluten?

It is a protein that makes up a portion of most grains. You can find it in these four grains: wheat, rye oats and barley. These grains are found in most breads, baked goods, soups, pastas, salad dressings, cereals, food colorings, beer and even some medications.

Why the big craze on avoiding gluten all of a sudden?

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