On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the following question, what is gluten and why is it bad for some people?
I also share 5 sneaky sources of gluten that will surprise you.
But first, let’s discuss the following:
Before moving on, let me know in the comments below if you are actively trying to avoid gluten.
I recently watched the movie, “This Is The End“.
In the movie, Seth Rogen plays a character that had just gone gluten-free.
He then has a hilarious dialogue with his skeptical buddy, played by Jay Baruchel, about why he went gluten-free.
The dialogue between Seth and Jay went something like this:
Jay: You have no idea what gluten is.
Seth: Gluten is a vague term. It’s something that’s used to categorize things that are bad. You know, calories, that’s a gluten. Fat, that’s a gluten. Gluten means bad sh** man, and I’m not eating it.
All in all, it made Seth look like an idiot, not because he doesn’t want to eat gluten, but because he doesn’t even know why he shouldn’t eat it.
Here on Live Lean TV, I don’t just want you to follow everything I say, just because I say it.
I want to educate you, so you can then pay it forward, and educate others.
So before I move on to the 5 sneaky sources of gluten, let me just quickly clarify what gluten is.
Gluten is a protein found in most common grains such as:
When you’re making a pizza crust, the elasticity in the dough is created from the gluten.
Funny side note: gluten is also the primary glue found in wallpaper paste.
Yummy wallpaper paste.
Damn that’s good.
Research shows, that potentially up to 1/3 of humans could be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive.
Here’s what happens to your body when you are gluten intolerant, and to a lesser degree, gluten sensitive.
When gluten is consumed, it mimics a virus or bacteria, that triggers an autoimmune reaction where your immune system accidentally attacks your healthy cells.
This is obviously not good.
Overtime, this causes:
Even for people that aren’t technically “gluten intolerant”, you may still be gluten sensitive.
People who are gluten sensitive may experience some milder negative effects from gluten such as fatigue and a lack of energy.
So with that said, the next time someone asks you “what’s a gluten?”, you can say it’s a protein found in grains that can cause autoimmune issues.
Alright, now that you know what gluten is, let’s move on to the 5 sneaky sources of gluten.
The ingredient used in many brands of chewing gum to keep the gum from sticking, is flour.
Some flavored teas and herbal teas are made with wheat, barley, or malt.
Many types of sauces contain gluten.
Traditional gravy is thickened with wheat flour.
Also, many brands of ketchup, salad dressing, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce contain wheat.
You know what this means.
Your favorite nutrition supplements may contain wheat.
This is why many supplement brands will list if they are gluten-free.
If the ingredients includes wheat, hello gluten.
The following miscellaneous items may also contain wheat:
Let me be real.
The 5 sneaky sources of gluten listed above are intended to educate people with serious gluten intolerances, like celiac disease.
If you don’t suffer from celiac disease, but you’re just looking to reduce your gluten intake, don’t worry too much about avoiding these 5 items.
When it comes to reducing your gluten intake, your best bet is to avoid foods containing wheat, such as:
Now if you’re wondering the following:
You’re not alone.
Try our 21 Day No Wheat Challenge here.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.