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15 myths about gluten to stop believing

The Daily Meal Logo By Holly Van Hare of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 16: Lately, the bread aisle has gotten a bit more confusing to navigate. You used to just have to choose between white and whole wheat. Now you have to decide whether gluten is right for you, too?Some of the more jarring myths about gluten have been steering consumers away from wheat and toward stale substitutes. Does gluten mess up your stomach? Is gluten bad for you? Some who advocate for trendy diets such as Whole30 and paleo say that eliminating gluten and limiting carbs is best for your health. But that might not necessarily be true.Before learning more about whether going gluten-free is best for you, first it’s important to understand what gluten even is. Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found mainly in grains and wheat products. Biologically, gluten helps the wheat seed to store some of the nutrients it needs to grow into a plant; from a culinary perspective, gluten often acts as a sort of “glue” to hold foods together or to make them stretchy. (The word gluten literally means “glue” in Latin.) It’s incredibly useful for cooks, so there are quite a few foods you wouldn’t expect that contain gluten. But that may not be a bad thing! Here are some of the myths about gluten you should stop believing.

15 Myths About Gluten to Stop Believing

Lately, the bread aisle has gotten a bit more confusing to navigate. You used to just have to choose between white and whole wheat. Now you have to decide whether gluten is right for you, too?

Some of the more jarring myths about gluten have been steering consumers away from wheat and toward stale substitutes. Does gluten mess up your stomach? Is gluten bad for you? Some who advocate for trendy diets such as Whole30 and paleo say that eliminating gluten and limiting carbs is best for your health. But that might not necessarily be true.

Before learning more about whether going gluten-free is best for you, first it’s important to understand what gluten even is. Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found mainly in grains and wheat products. Biologically, gluten helps the wheat seed to store some of the nutrients it needs to grow into a plant; from a culinary perspective, gluten often acts as a sort of “glue” to hold foods together or to make them stretchy. (The word gluten literally means “glue” in Latin.) It’s incredibly useful for cooks, so there are quite a few foods you wouldn’t expect that contain gluten. But that may not be a bad thing! Here are some of the myths about gluten you should stop believing.

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