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Why is Gluten bad?

You hear it everywhere these days. Gluten is bad for you, don't eat gluten, live a gluten-free life. So you ask yourself what is gluten and why is it so bad for me?

First off, gluten is a protein. The number one source of gluten is from wheat, but it is also found in barley and rye.

It is hard to imagine a life without gluten. It is in bread and all those yummy sandwiches you have for lunch, it is in the pizza you eat on Friday night (and the beer you drink with it), the pasta dinner you have on Sunday, and it is all over your gravy and the soups you eat. Gluten through wheat is one of the main ingredients of the food we eat in our society.

We have seen conflicting reports, but many say that gluten can indirectly cause diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. Basically, it is believed that gluten causes gut inflammation and problems with the digestive system, preventing you from absorbing nutrients fully. That then leads to a weakened immune system, which will cause the above-mentioned diseases in addition to obesity, faster aging and spike in blood sugar.

Gluten research seems to still be in the early stages and we don't know how much of this is backed up by scientific fact, but we do know our friend Kelly is always trying the latest fad and she has been on a gluten-free diet for a couple of months now.

Kelly says she had to give up a lot of her favorite foods and cooking becomes somewhat of a challenge, BUT she says she is less moody and depressed, feels more energetic, and has actually lost some weight. We do not know what her thing will be next week, but this week she believes gluten is bad for you and a gluten-free diet has made her life better.

Is popcorn gluten free?
Question: Is popcorn gluten free?


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