What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein that is found in certain grains, including wheat, barley and rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
What problems prompt people to avoid gluten?
Gluten causes inflammation of the small intestine in people with
Other people have a less severe sensitivity that may be an
What foods contain wheat?
In addition to such obvious foods as breads and cakes, many products may have wheat in them. For people avoiding gluten, it's important to read labels. Some unlikely sources of wheat include processed meats, seasoning mixes, snack foods, soups and sauces, salad dressings, medications and supplements. In addition, people who are particularly sensitive need to avoid foods produced in facilities in which wheat products are made.
Are there risks of a gluten-free diet?
Many grain products in U.S. supermarkets are enriched with
What grains are gluten-free?
Gluten-free grains include rice, cassava, corn, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, amaranth and quinoa.
— Mary MacVean