People interviewed who eat a gluten-free diet don’t know what makes up gluten


 

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Have you ever met someone who tells you they don’t eat a specific food, but they do not understand why they do not eat that food?  Jimmy Kimmel Live took to the streets of Los Angeles to interview healthy looking individuals who all said that they do not eat gluten.  When asked if they knew what gluten was made of, each individual gave a half-hammed answer before admitting they did not know what gluten was or why they had sworn off eating the substance.

Legitimate reasons exist for not eating gluten.  Celiac disease is a disease that is caused by person’s immune system having an abnormal response to gluten which can severely damage the lining of the small intestine, which can then cause other nutrients from being absorbed.  The only way to prevent Celiac disease inflammation is to essentially eat a gluten-free diet.  Symptoms include diarrhea, anemia, bone pain, and severe skin rashes.  Celiac disease is highly under-reported with only 5% – 10% of legitimate cases being diagnosed, while the far majority lives in ignorance of their own condition.

What is exactly is in gluten?  What is the answer that stumped all of those who were asked?  According to livescience.com:

Gluten is composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).

So there’s your answer.