What Is Gluten And Why Is It Bad For Some People?

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5 Sneaky Sources of Gluten That Will Surprise You

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:

  • Are you avoiding gluten?
  • Do you even know what gluten is?
  • Are you aware that gluten is sneaking into many products you’re probably not aware of?

Before moving on, let me know in the comments below if you are actively trying to avoid gluten.

Going Gluten-Free Has Gone Hollywood

I recently watched the movie, “This Is The End“.

In the movie, Seth Rogen plays a character that had just gone gluten-free.

Seth

He then has a hilarious dialogue with his skeptical buddy, played by Jay Baruchel, about why he went gluten-free.

Jay

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.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in most common grains such as:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barely

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.

Are You Gluten Intolerant Or Gluten Sensitive?

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:

  • digestive issues
  • joint pain
  • and many other serious issues

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.

Cool?

5 Sneaky Sources of Gluten

Alright, now that you know what gluten is, let’s move on to the 5 sneaky sources of gluten.

#1. Chewing Gum

5 sneaky sources of gluten

The ingredient used in many brands of chewing gum to keep the gum from sticking, is flour.

Hello gluten.

#2. Flavored Teas And Herbal Teas

5 sneaky sources of gluten

Some flavored teas and herbal teas are made with wheat, barley, or malt.

Hello gluten.

#3. Sauces

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.

Gluten.

#4. Nutrition Supplements

5 sneaky sources of gluten

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.

#5. Miscellaneous Items

5 sneaky sources of gluten

The following miscellaneous items may also contain wheat:

  • the glue on envelopes and stamps
  • lip gloss
  • lip stick
  • play-doh

Hello gluten.

Bottom Line On Gluten

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.

5 sneaky sources of gluten

When it comes to reducing your gluten intake, your best bet is to avoid foods containing wheat, such as:

  • cereal
  • bread
  • crackers
  • bagels
  • pasta
  • and all the other packaged and refined carbohydrates

Now if you’re wondering the following:

  • How can I eliminate wheat from my diet?
  • What will I eat?

You’re not alone.

Try our 21 Day No Wheat Challenge here.

It may seem like a huge deal to eliminate wheat from your diet, because it is everywhere.

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30 responses to “What Is Gluten And Why Is It Bad For Some People?

  1. Who dont love a bit of wallpaper glue – damn thats good lol lol!!
    Great video Brad, keep on educating hun xx

  2. I’ve tried avoiding gluten vor 3 weeks. For me it did not change anything
    at all. So right now I am eating my self-made pasta and I will still feel
    great (and be lean) afterwards.

  3. Yes, I have been actively avoiding gluten for over a year now. I did read
    about other names that gluten hide under, but I do not if I am taking in
    hidden gluten. I feel so much better, but I a still trying to lose my belly
    ad it is very frustrating!

  4. I’d love to know your opinion on sprouted grain/ezekiel bread and also
    brown rice pasta? Giving up breads and pasta has been tough for me, so I’ve
    been using those as substitutes; am I still sabotaging my fat loss?
    Apologies if you’ve already answered this question a thousand times!

  5. I dont avoid gluten intentionally but some foods I eat happen to be gluten
    free like the kind bars for example. I dont know if gluten is bad for you
    unless you have an allergy to it then of course you shouldnt eat it.

  6. If you look at research, you will See that only 1% of the population has a
    glutensensitivity. The other 29% are marketing of big companies selling low
    gluten products. Current science opinion is: the increasing sensitivity on
    what seems to be gluten is most likely caused by genetic modified food. –>
    eat organic wheat and you wont have issues (if you are not among the 1%)

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