Chuck out the bread, flush the flour, and toss the tortillas – it’s gluten-free season.
Gluten: the great scourge on Earth, a plight that must be combated – or at least that’s what gluten-free dieters would have you believe.
In the last few years, going gluten-free has exploded in popularity. Everyone from Miley Cyrus, to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and even former president Bill Clinton have hopped on the anti-bread bandwagon. So what’s up? If Hannah Montana is doing it, it has to be worth looking into, right?
The Gluten Fad
First things first, let’s clear up any mysteries about the infamous gluten. It turns out that gluten is a specific type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley. And wouldn’t you know it, people use wheat, rye and barley to make everything from pastas and breads to crackers and granola. Basically, gluten is in a lot of stuff.
So why the hate? Well for starters, if you have Celiac disease, gluten is off the menu. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation,