Health Alert: What Everyone Should Know About Gluten
What is gluten anyway?
Gluten is a natural food protein found mostly in wheat, but also in other grains to lesser degrees.
Why is gluten sensitivity on the rise?
Simple: our exposure to gluten has grown exponentially in recent decades thanks to our increasingly grain-based diet and gluten’s widespread use in processed foods. More and more people's bodies just can't tolerate any more.
How does gluten cause harm?
Undigested gluten molecules can have a sandpaper effect on the intestinal lining and trigger inflammation. This can produce chronic intestinal symptoms and can also lead to dangerous leaky gut syndrome.
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition which is triggered by gluten and affects about 1 in 200 people. It damages the small intestine villi that are critical for nutrient absorption, leading to serious health complications. Celiac disease is a subset of the broader condition of gluten intolerance, which experts estimate may affect 1 in 3 people.
Are there medications for gluten sensitivity?
There are no pharmaceutical drugs that erase gluten intolerance. The solution is avoiding or sharply restricting gluten intake - and that's complicated by the fact that today so many foods contain gluten. It's in thousands of processed foods as a taste enhancer and texturizer.