Gluten in Food

Gluten-FreeThe talk about gluten and gluten free food is frequenting in our everyday food vocabulary. Just what is this gluten? Why are people obsessing about it? Is it really that bad for health?

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein composite found in processed food. Gluten is that factor which gives elasticity to certain kinds of food. It is the factor which makes pizza stretchy, bread soft and our sauces thick. There are a huge number of people who might be sensitive to gluten and has really bad digestive issues due to over consumption of gluten. Celiac disease is one of the major problems caused by food with gluten which is characterized by severe diarrhea or constipation, bloating, fatigue and anemia.

Common Food Sources of Gluten

Gluten is most commonly found in grains like barley, bran, wheat or semolina. Naturally, all pastas containing wheat or semolina will be rich in gluten. Other important and common sources of gluten are baked or processed foods like cakes, bread, muffins, pastries and pizza crust. It is also found in oven or deep friend meats, hot dogs and other kinds of processed meat.

The list of villains goes on and on. There is gluten in beer, salad dressings, gravies and sauces, potato chips, French fries and so on and so forth.

You must be wondering whether there is anything in the world which is gluten free. Yes, there is. They are called fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy non processed meat and poultry, milk and milk products. Even though your parents had no clue about something called gluten, they warned you right about eating all that junk and falling sick, didn’t they? Well, you don’t need fancy sounding words, but mere common sense to stay healthy. Now that we know the fancy word called ‘gluten’, you can fashionably say no to junk and be an old fashioned, yet sophisticated modern foodie! Now say it aloud, I don’t do gluten!