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What Is Gluten and Is It Worth Eating A Gluten-Free Diet?

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Gluten and Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten, gluten sensitivity, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity are among the huge topic these days. This also led to a new market for gluten-free foods, which accounts up to $3.42 billion and projected to reach up to $23.9 billion by 2020 according to Statista. In fact, if you’re reading this article, you may be on a gluten-free diet or preferred eating gluten-free foods. One of the biggest questions is…is it worth the time and money going on a gluten-free diet?

Well, I’ll let the experts answer that for you, but first, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in grains and it’s composed of two proteins namely gliadin and glutenin. According to Dr. Tom O’Byran, which you can find him and Abel James discussing gluten in the video below; Gluten is not bad for you. Bad gluten is bad for you. He said this way because not all gluten is bad and toxic. It is just the gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley.

To discuss more on what is gluten, there’s no better person who knows more about it than Dr. Allesio Fasano. For those of you who want to be acquainted on the fundamentals of gluten, gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Dr. Fasano is the go-to person. Watch his presentation below. It’s almost an hour long, but it’s worth it.

In the 21:34 timeline of the presentation, Dr. Fasano mentioned and he emphasized that Gluten is toxic, but not everyone who eats gluten will get sick. And, along the timeline 37:40 he mentioned the importance of having a healthy microbiome. Unfortunately, during the Q&A portion when asked by someone in the audience about GMO, he declined to answer as he said he is not agronomist, and he just depend on the findings on his colleagues in that field.

Overall, the presentation is packed with information about gluten and the effects associated eating foods with gluten, particularly from wheat. So, watch the presentation before going further.

If you’ve watched Dr. Fasno’s presentation above, you now have a good picture of what is gluten and is worth going for a gluten-free diet. However, don’t go just yet as I want to include Dr. Tom O’Byran’s discussion with Abel James on gluten. Dr. O’Bryan is an internationally-renowned speaker on this topic. In this discussion, he has many tips on how to eat out while staying gluten-free because gluten is everywhere including in high-end restaurants.

Hopefully, you’ve gone through almost 2 hours of videos with 2 experts in the subject of gluten. Now, Dr. O’Byran mentioned towards the end of the discussion with Abel James about his bonus, you can access it here. If you noticed while he was discussing on how to order gluten-free foods in restaurants, he mentioned about a product but he didn’t name it. In case you’re interested, the product name is Glutenza, and can be purchase at Amazon.com.

You’ll also be able to find at Amazon a wide-array of choices on gluten-free cookbooks that you can start with especially if you don’t have any idea about what foods contain the toxic gluten.

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