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What the heck is gluten and why it is a problem?
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Commentary from Dr. O'Bryan
What the heck is gluten?
Why is it suddenly a problem?
1 out 100 has a serious problem with it.
5% to 6% of the population is sensitive to it - and that number appears to be growing.
Has this always been the case? If not, what's changed?
Two big things have changed:
1. Food manufacturers continue to steadily cut corners when producing baked goods, opting for high gluten ingredients because they are easier to work with
2. The overall contamination of air, water, food continues to increase the load of "junk" people have to deal with in the environment.
What do you do if you're gluten sensitive or want to reduce your gluten intake?
Here's where the gluten isn't and here's where it is
* Foods WITHOUT gluten
It's important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet:
Corn and cornmeal
Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
Here are the foods WITH gluten:
Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names. Consider the many types of wheat flour on supermarket shelves — bromated, enriched, phosphated, plain and self-rising. Here are other wheat products to avoid: