Keep hearing about the gluten-free diet? What is gluten, anyway?
Gluten is an abbreviation for a family of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale, a hybrid mix of rye and wheat.
Gluten proteins are found in the mature seed of these cereal grasses or grains.
Other grains containing gluten include, spelt, triticale, kamut, farro, and einkorn, which are all close relatives of wheat. These grains must also be avoided on a gluten-free diet.
Rice protein is not actually a gluten and is safe to consume on a gluten-free diet.
On the other hand, oats do not technically contain gluten, however, they are almost always cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing. As a result, only oat-containing products specifically labeled "gluten-free," should be consumed on a gluten-free diet.
Since gluten is a type of storage protein found in cereal grass seeds, it is NOT found in the young, green grasses that sprout from these seeds, such as wheatgrass and barley grass. It's important to note that the seeds do contain gluten must be avoided on a gluten-free diet.
Gluten is also an additive to many processed or manufactured foods.
Be aware of these less obvious sources of of Gluten:
Marinades, sauces, soy and teriyaki sauces
Licorice, candy and chocolate
Teas and flavored beverages
Embarking on a gluten-free diet can be daunting. You do not need to do this alone.
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