What is gluten and why is it bad?
Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley, and rye. It’s common in foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, and cereal. Gluten provides no essential nutrients. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction that is triggered by eating gluten.
What foods are gluten?
- Beer, ale, porter, stout (usually contain barley)
- Bulgur wheat.
- Cakes and pies.
- Communion wafers.
- Cookies and crackers.
What is gluten made of?
Gluten is composed of two types of proteins, called gliadin and glutenin, which bind to each other to form a network that supports dough and allows be bread to be light and fluffy. Amino acids present in both gliadin and glutenin help the two proteins to form hydrogen bonds with each other.