What is gluten?

Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue”) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture.   A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease, the related condition dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy.

Women’s Health Magazine has an excellent article with some background on Gluten:

“To people with a chronic digestive disorder called celiac disease, gluten is   truly evil: Their bodies regard even a tiny crumb of it as a malicious invader   and mount an immune response, says Alessio Fasano, M.D., medical director of the   University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. Problem is, this   immune reaction ends up damaging the small intestine, which causes both great   gastrointestinal distress and nutritional deficiencies. If untreated, these   responses can then lead to intestinal cancers as well as complications such as   infertility and osteoporosis.

Experts once thought celiac disease was a   rare disorder, believed to affect one in every 10,000 people. But an Archives of   Internal Medicine study in 2003 suggests that celiac disease is far more   prevalent than anyone had suspected, affecting one in 133 Americans. With   increased testing and awareness, more people realized why they felt sick after   eating a piece of bread, and food companies discovered a new market.”
Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/gluten-free-diet#ixzz1ySZoQQhA

Prairie Naturals has an excellent product line that features many gluten free products.   Right now they are featuring gluten free products and they have coupons as well.   One of my favourite products is their protein line.

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