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Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know about Gluten?

Gluten is quickly becoming a buzz word in the nutrition world--but how many people know what it actually is? Jimmy Kimmel decided to find out (with hilarious results).
So... what is gluten, anyway? Find out here!
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KHALIA2 9/8/2019 8:06:45 AM
I don't know what gluten is either. Report
HEALIN1 10/28/2018 4:21:27 PM
I agree, if you are avoiding a food you should know why you're avoiding it. Some of my family have Celiacs or are gluten intolerant, so they avoid those foods. I know what foods not to use when they are over but to tell the truth I really didn't know what gluten was till I saw this video. Funny I too thought it was the grain. Report
CKOUDSI617 9/3/2018 11:30:36 AM
A-HA! I was right in my assumption (based on facial expression and body language) that not ONE of these people would be able to explain exactly what gluten is! The lady who said, "It makes you fat" actually had the best rationale (for me)! Keep on doin' what you think works best for YOU! Report
KHALIA2 9/2/2018 5:06:19 PM
Thanks for sharing! Report
RHOADAN 3/8/2016 12:00:50 PM
@Dragonfly02

Ummm, actually I'd say it's more like washing the flour and getting the starch out of it. The starch is water soluble and goes down the drain; the gluten isn't, so you end up with a ball of the stuff which is then used to make seitan.

@GMRKitty,

I don't know where you got the idea that gluten is in MSG. Gluten is a class of proteins. MSG is basically a sodium ion bonded to an amino acid, the glutamate part of the compound. Now, while glutamic acid is a really common amino acid, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were found in gluten, it takes a lot of amino acids to make a protein. One amino acid just ain't gonna cut it.

Now, for the entire thread:

Very few people are actually celiac. Many more think they're gluten sensitive.

It turns out that for many people in the latter group, it's not that they're actually sensitive to it; it's that it's a marker for carbs found in the same grains as the gluten that those people find indigestible. The problem is that their gut bacteria just love those same carbs, producing bloating and diarrhea. That class of carbs are collectively known as "fermentable oligosaccharides, disacchararides, monosaccharides, and polyols" (FODMAP). As a result, they actually do benefit from a gluten free diet, even though they aren't sensitive to gluten.

Oh, if you're going to get the blood test for celiac, you need to be aware that if you've been gluten free for a while, the test can come back with a false negative. You need to eat something with gluten a day or two before the test to trigger the autoimmune response, so that its effects can be detected. If the test comes back negative, then you should try a FODMAP elimination diet to figure out if that's the actual problem.
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NEDIMYER 4/7/2015 6:12:45 AM
The only good thing about the gluten free diet fad is that those who truly have Celiacs or gluten intolerance have a much better variety of foods at the grocery store to choose from. A family member had Celiacs, and we have learned to carefully read food labels. Gluten hides in surprising places: soy sauce and worchestershire sauce, for example. I have had to do research and call food companies to make sure the food was safe for these family members to eat. Report
TURKSANDCAKOS 4/6/2015 8:25:14 PM
Correction, if oats are not grown in a wheat free field, they are not "gluten free". Being diagnosed with celiac is no laughing matter. It can, and sometimes does, get the better of you. If you are truly GF you know what your challenges are; hidden gluten, cross contamination, (try going to a party and not being able to eat a really good dip because you just watched someone plow their pita chip through the bowl) yea,, that fun. Some people are Gluten Sensitive and must avoid certain kinds of gluten, others, such as myself, who have been diagnosed Celiac, find no humor in this.

Lets see them do a spoof on "peanut allergies" and watch how many likes it gets on FB. Report
JUDY1260 4/6/2015 3:46:03 PM
I'm disappointed that SP would post this to their FB page as if the gluten free fad diet is a joke. Yes, those who are doing it "because it's bad for you" (as another poster below states) are following a fad diet. If gluten doesn't make you ill, if you don't have a MEDICAL CONDITION that requires that you avoid gluten, then I don't want to hear about how you're avoiding it because it's bad for you because it's not. It's bad for you if you have a diagnosed medical condition that requires you to follow a gluten free diet. My son was diagnosed with celiac 3 months ago. Thankfully he's fairly symptom free (we even question if the diagnosis is correct for that reason) but I make sure he eats gluten free at home. I don't know why people would choose to live with that challenge when they don't even have to. Living gluten free because of a medical condition is no joke. Report
IDLETYME 7/15/2014 7:05:43 AM
I'm with the majority -I've heard it's bad for you but a lot of things are. Unless we have a medical problem that it bothers we just don't worry. Report
GMRKITTY 5/23/2014 2:49:29 PM
It's the protein composite in Wheat, Barley, Rye, and Spelt. MSG (and all related substances) is also gluten!!!!!!!!! I had no clue until I found out that I have a gluten intolerance - I break out in a mild form of hives (looks like acne) and have stomach issues - when I go completely gluten free, I feel better and look better. My cousin's two children have Celiac, and it's a real problem for them.

Also, those of us who have a sensitivity to gluten, not only have to avoid foods with it, we have to avoid products (toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, etc) that have gluten in it. Report
TIMOTHY53 5/21/2014 10:38:37 PM
None of these people were being gluten free for any reason other than "someone told me it's something to do." Like about 90% of the people doing it. Why? Oprah! Dr Oz!

I get it. Some people need to remain gluten free for sound medical reasons. But compared to the legions who are "going gluten free" their numbers are tiny.

"it's in rye wheat oats and bran" Bran? Really?
"I stay away from rye wheat oats bran and eggs." Eggs? to be gluten free?
"I know it's in grains like wheat and rice. I haven't researched it completely. It makes you fat." Sister, you haven't researched it At. All.
"It's something they add to the wheat." No dummy. It's a part of wheat.

But good news! I saw a watermelon at the store and it had a label on it -- "A naturally gluten free food."

Good grief! Report
GIVEMEFRIES 5/19/2014 12:12:51 AM
Unless you have celiac disease, there is no reason to be gluten-free. It's not a diet fad. It's for people whose stomachs will turn inside out if they ingest it.

Or something like that. Report
GADGETCC 5/18/2014 8:08:49 AM
This video is great! You can really substitute "gluten" for lots of other fads and get the same answers. It shows how people we really need to research what we are/are not putting into our bodies regardless. I am just as guilty. I once read the book on Adkins, understood how Adkins works, followed it, but then later realized that I was starving my body of some really useful nutrients so I quit. Now I still research and I am still learning. Sparkpeople has lots of great articles where I learn lots of stuff!

People who cannot digest gluten, this is totally different. Most of them have a good basic understanding of it and probably could have answered the questions such as I could with my lactose intolerant body. But people who do things just because everyone else is doing it really should rethink what they are doing....and I was once one of them. Report
SHADOZA 5/14/2014 9:54:53 AM
This video was funny. One knew from the looks on the faces that these people did not know how to define Gluten. There are so many issues like the gluten one where people jump in with both feet not realizing what they are doing or why they should do it. Unfortunately, telling what is truth will only cause the most of the followers to defend their beliefs rather than investigate the information. Report
DRAGONFLY02 5/13/2014 7:42:21 AM
And you can't "wash flour and get the gluten out of it" for the person below who made that claim. Report