What is gluten? Gluten is a protein component of wheat, (including durum, semolina & spelt), rye, oats, barley and other related grain hybrids such as triticale and kamut. Viewed alone, gluten is a tough, elastic, grayish substance resembling chewing gum, when a dough is kneaded, it helps to hold in gas bubbles formed by the leavening agent. Gas contained with in the dough or batter helps a bread or other baked good rise, giving the product structure.
Why gluten free? 1. People who have severe allergies to gluten, ie.Dermatitis Herpitformis, a chronic skin irritation or have been diagnosed with "Celiac Sprue", a chronic digestive disorder that is a hereditary intolerance to gluten. 2. Adults and children diagnosed with Autism. (when eating a gluten free diet, all symptoms start to disipate). 3.Eliminating gluten from your diet will dramatically reduce your intake of complex carbohydrates, you'll feel energized, rejuvenated, with a bright healthy glow and you may shed a few pounds.
Is there a cure for Celiac Sprue? According to medical and scientific research, there is not a cure. Dietary change will help alleviate symptoms of celiac sprue.
Please visit the National Institute of Health website for detailed information.