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What is Gluten?

What is Gluten?

Gluten has been an issue in the diet world for some time now, with some claiming that its very bad and you should cut it out completely, to other people saying that unless you have coeliacs disease or a gluten intolerance, there really is no need to avoid it.

But what is gluten?

Essentially, in its simplest form, gluten is a family of proteins that is found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley. The two main proteins in gluten itself are gliadin and glutenin. Gliadin is the protein that is said to be the main cause of the problems that gluten can cause you.

What’s so bad about it?

In short, gluten isn’t believed to be so terrible that you need to avoid it entirely unless you are in the 1% of the population that can become very ill from eating it. This percentage of people have what is known as coeliacs disease and for them gluten can lead to a whole host of problems from chronic diarrhoea and abdominal cramping to osteoporosis and even the risk of some cancers.

If you are not one of the unlucky few however, you don’t necessarily need to cut it out of your diet but cutting down may be beneficial.

For more information on gluten and coeliacs disease, click here

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