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Welcome to the Fluffy Alpaca Quiz! Wait… did you think FAQ stood for something else? Then I guess you’re in the majority. And you’re right.
- What is gluten?
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. (Credit: celiac.org)
- Why is gluten bad for people?
Outside of those who are actually allergic to gluten, there are a bunch of studies linking it to all kinds of other autoimmune diseases, including autoimmune thyroid disorders, type 1 diabetes, fibromyalgia (for both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity!), rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune liver disease, and a couple different autoimmune skin diseases. (Credit: www.paleoleap.com)
From a functional medicine perspective, we spoke with our friend Caitlin Kapoor to discuss why people are seemingly “all of a sudden” becoming more allergic to gluten. Watch a bit of our discussion here: Short Convo with Caitlin
- Is gluten bad for all people?
Not necessarily, but it has proven to do more harm than good in modern strains of wheat, etc. And with the list of potential bi-products above, our family has taken a stance to strictly avoid it.
- What has gluten in it?
For starters (copied from above: wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye
Additionally other processed foods you may not be aware of like:
Beer, ale, porter, stout (usually barley)
Imitation meat or seafood
Malt, malt flavoring and other malt products (barley)
Hot dogs and processed luncheon meats
Sauces, including soy sauce
Seasoned rice mixes
Seasoned snack foods, such as potato and tortilla chips
Soups, bouillon or soup mixes
Vegetables in sauce
- Are gluten and wheat the same thing?
- Why do items that I thought were naturally gluten-free have that “Gluten Free” stamp on them now?
- What is Celiac Disease?
The most famous problem with wheat is celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction provoked by gluten and treatable with a gluten-free diet. 30-40% of people have the genetic background to potentially develop celiac disease, but only about 1-3% of people actually do – it’s not clear why but it may have something to do with the gut microbiome. (Credit: www.paleoleap.com)
- Can you heal/is there a cure from Celiac Disease?
- What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?
- What is the difference between gluten intolerant and Celiac Disease?
- Is eating gluten free considered healthy?
- Can my kids eat gluten-free too?
- What are your favorite gluten-free brands?
- Do you have to worry about gluten in skin care or cleaning products?