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Gluten. Brenna Kress, Brie Jones, Bre Yarnall, Carrie Ufkes, Stephanie Lawrence-Lujan, Karla Barron. Gluten is defined as an elastic protein substance found in wheat flour that gives dough its cohesiveness. -Found in wheat, barley, and also rye (1).

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Brenna Kress, Brie Jones, Bre Yarnall, Carrie Ufkes, Stephanie Lawrence-Lujan, Karla Barron

Gluten is in our doughy bagels and also bread

1. Ahern, S. J. (2005, August 5). What the heck is gluten anyway?. Retrieved

October 16, 2009, from

Gluten is made up of glycoproteins: (sugars combined with proteins)

-mainly gliadins and glutenins (2)

Gluten is found in: cookies, pastries, biscuits, crackers, cereals, battered foods, pizza, snack foods, and pastas.

It is common for gluten to also be used as a filler or thickener.

-It can be found in sauces, gravies, soups, pickles, sweets, processed meats, chocolate, instant pudding (3)

2. Pick, M. (2008, December 15). What is gluten — and why are we so sensitive to it?. Retrieved October 16, 2009, from

3. Tsakos, L. (2008, June 5). What is gluten?. Retrieved October 16, 2009, from

Is gluten vital to a healthy diet
Is Gluten Vital to a Healthy Diet? proteins)

  • No, gluten holds no nutritional importance in our diets. It is an added protein that works as filler to help breads and grains rise

  • Gluten is actually harmful to our bodies because of all the added chemicals

  • Gluten has more negative effects than positive effects on our health

  • By eliminating gluten you can:

    -Improve your immune system

    -Improve your digestion

    -Have more energy

    -And a flatter stomach 

Brownstein, David. The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet. Michigan: Healthy Living, 2009.

Gluten free: Intolerance proteins)

  • -Individuals who are not able to digest wheat, rye or barley.

  • But more likely, gluten is what's irritating your gut," says Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.

  • -Those are have gluten intolerance do not necessarily have cause damage like celiacs disease.

  • Avoiding food products that do not contain gluten will prevent individuals from feeling the following symptoms:

    • -abdominal bloating and pain

    • -chronic diarrhea

    • -vomiting

    • -constipation

    • -pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool

    • -weight loss

Foods That May Contain Wheat, Barley, or Rye proteins)

-brown rice syrup


-chips/potato chips

-cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage

-communion wafers French fries


-imitation fish


-rice mixes

-sauces seasoned tortilla chips

-self-basting turkey


-soy sauce

-vegetables in sauce

* Those who are intolerant to Gluten must be aware of the foods that contain gluten to avoid discomfort. Those who suffer from gluten intolerance may be prone to celiacs disease that can be diagnosed with a biopsy from the small intestine.

Celiac Disease proteins)

  • Celiac disease is similar to gluten intolerance in regards to avoiding gluten yet the immune system is heavily impacted.

  • The Villa that is located in the immune system is damaged and sometimes destroyed which negatively effects the digestive system.

  • Those who have celiac disease do not properly digest and nutrients are not properly absorbed.

  • This disease can lead to other complications in the body because of the healthy cells that are attacked.

    • -type 1 diabetes

    • -autoimmune thyroid disease

    • -autoimmune liver disease

    • -rheumatoid arthritis

Symptoms proteins)



-Weight loss

-Mouth ulcers

-Skin problems



*Chronic Fatigue


*Gastro-Intestinal Problems

-Chronic Diarrhea





Gluten- Free Alternatives proteins)

No what? Wheat!?!

Use these instead!




Gluten- free diets do not permit whole wheat, barley, rye or malt.

Gluten Friendly Restaurants proteins)