What is gluten?
First of all, it’s worth understanding that people have been in contact with gluten throughout their history. It is found in cereal crops, for example, in wheat. The word gluten has Latin roots and means «sticky». Another name for this substance is gluten. By its chemical nature, gluten is a protein. Its presence in flour determines the quality — the more of it, the more plastic and better the dough becomes. Unscrupulous manufacturers sometimes cheat and deliberately add gluten to low-quality flour.
Is gluten dangerous?
For almost all of us — no. This protein is broken down in the body into amino acids, like any other. Indeed, there are people with hereditary gluten intolerance, otherwise known as an allergy. According to statistics, they make up about 1% of the entire population of the Earth! From this, it follows that gluten panic is just a marketing move to increase sales of «gluten-free» food. It has all turned into a fashion and has become a sign of a «progressive» person. Now when someone starts to show off a gluten-free diet — show them this article.
You can’t get this disease, it’s exclusively congenital. What if you are still afraid to fall into this 1%? First of all, people with gluten intolerance have chronic diarrhea if they eat improperly. Secondly, the stool is yellow. But the most important thing is the presence of antibodies to gluten in the blood. This means that gluten intolerance can only be proven by a blood test for allergens and no other way! Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and so on can indicate various disorders, but have nothing to do with gluten.
Is gluten harmful to people with digestive system diseases?
No more harmful than bread. You should understand that sweet food is dangerous not because of gluten, but because of an excess of carbohydrates. They are the ones that cause unpleasant sensations after a few sandwiches. They are quickly digested and increase the acidity of the stomach, heartburn begins. This also includes gastritis and ulcers. An excess of carbohydrates leads to weight gain, cardiovascular disorders, and difficulty breathing.