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Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know about Gluten?

Gluten is quickly becoming a buzz word in the nutrition world--but how many people know what it actually is? Jimmy Kimmel decided to find out (with hilarious results).
So... what is gluten, anyway? Find out here!
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  • I'm with the majority -I've heard it's bad for you but a lot of things are. Unless we have a medical problem that it bothers we just don't worry. - 7/15/2014 7:05:43 AM
  • It's the protein composite in Wheat, Barley, Rye, and Spelt. MSG (and all related substances) is also gluten!!!!!!!!! I had no clue until I found out that I have a gluten intolerance - I break out in a mild form of hives (looks like acne) and have stomach issues - when I go completely gluten free, I feel better and look better. My cousin's two children have Celiac, and it's a real problem for them.

    Also, those of us who have a sensitivity to gluten, not only have to avoid foods with it, we have to avoid products (toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, etc) that have gluten in it. - 5/23/2014 2:49:29 PM
  • None of these people were being gluten free for any reason other than "someone told me it's something to do." Like about 90% of the people doing it. Why? Oprah! Dr Oz!

    I get it. Some people need to remain gluten free for sound medical reasons. But compared to the legions who are "going gluten free" their numbers are tiny.

    "it's in rye wheat oats and bran" Bran? Really?
    "I stay away from rye wheat oats bran and eggs." Eggs? to be gluten free?
    "I know it's in grains like wheat and rice. I haven't researched it completely. It makes you fat." Sister, you haven't researched it At. All.
    "It's something they add to the wheat." No dummy. It's a part of wheat.

    But good news! I saw a watermelon at the store and it had a label on it -- "A naturally gluten free food."

    Good grief! - 5/21/2014 10:38:37 PM
    Unless you have celiac disease, there is no reason to be gluten-free. It's not a diet fad. It's for people whose stomachs will turn inside out if they ingest it.

    Or something like that. - 5/19/2014 12:12:51 AM
  • This video is great! You can really substitute "gluten" for lots of other fads and get the same answers. It shows how people we really need to research what we are/are not putting into our bodies regardless. I am just as guilty. I once read the book on Adkins, understood how Adkins works, followed it, but then later realized that I was starving my body of some really useful nutrients so I quit. Now I still research and I am still learning. Sparkpeople has lots of great articles where I learn lots of stuff!

    People who cannot digest gluten, this is totally different. Most of them have a good basic understanding of it and probably could have answered the questions such as I could with my lactose intolerant body. But people who do things just because everyone else is doing it really should rethink what they are doing....and I was once one of them. - 5/18/2014 8:08:49 AM
  • This video was funny. One knew from the looks on the faces that these people did not know how to define Gluten. There are so many issues like the gluten one where people jump in with both feet not realizing what they are doing or why they should do it. Unfortunately, telling what is truth will only cause the most of the followers to defend their beliefs rather than investigate the information. - 5/14/2014 9:54:53 AM
  • And you can't "wash flour and get the gluten out of it" for the person below who made that claim. - 5/13/2014 7:42:21 AM
  • Thanks a lot SP! I'm so sick and tired of this stupid video. Do you know how many people have sent me this video to say "See, gluten free is just a fad diet?!?!".GRRRR!!
    ! Yes, for some people it is, but not for those of us that have Celiacs or Gluten Intolerance. I was tired of seeing this video on facebook and now I have to see it on SparkPeople!!!! My respect for this site has dropped. - 5/13/2014 7:39:52 AM
  • This video is silly. Four people who are ignorant of what they're trying to avoid doesn't mean everyone is. But people should research what they are excluding or including. - 5/11/2014 7:16:13 PM
    Interestingly, gluten is not one thing. It is a family of proteins, and there are different gluten proteins in the different grains. When I learned this, it explained why I cannot eat wheat or barley but I can eat rye, kamut, and spelt -- I am sensitive only to the particular glutens in wheat and barley.

    And while I really dislike the faddishness of the gluten-free craze and the ignorance that surrounds it, I think this video is shameful. Why do we find entertainment in this sort of thing?

    On the other hand, it's annoying to order "gluten free" soup in a restaurant and find it has barley in it. I feel sorry for those with celiac disease -- while this fad has made many more gluten-free foods available, you have to be even more vigilant about gluten in your food because people *think* they are informed but are not. Fortunately for me, an evening on the toilet is annoying but not life-threatening.
    .. - 5/11/2014 7:07:41 PM
  • today in this liberal progressive listen to me, and do as I say world; it is sad that people do not research things; there are alternatives. I am lactose intolerant, but no restaurant takes that into consideration; lactose is hidden in food unless it is blatant cheese; I have learned to get fresh steamed vegetables; broth based soups; meats without sauces and fresh fruit for desert. YOU and YOU alone should be responsible for your health and your body needs. GET informed. If you take all that time to run, exercise and study not, then you are leaving out a major ingredient to good healthy living. - 5/11/2014 9:12:39 AM
  • SIOL55
    Point well made. We want to live healthy lives but really don't take the time to educate ourselves. We just follow the pack and the latest fad. - 5/10/2014 11:48:53 AM
  • I do have to say that while these people are the bane of the restaurant world, I'm grateful to them for making gluten free popular, because now there are a lot of delicious alternatives that have taken the place of the nasty, gritty, awful substitutes we used to have. Sorry to those who have to deal with "gluten snobs" who refuse to eat gluten for reasons their friends told them they shouldn't. - 5/10/2014 2:55:20 AM
  • I think it's hilarious that they really don't know what gluten is in. It's not in oat, it's not in rice. Silly people. - 5/10/2014 2:52:13 AM
  • Yes, avoiding gluten for people who have genuine celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is a serious necessity for their health. However, the fact is that there are so many people who do not have these conditions and strongly advocate against gluten, but don't even know what it is or how it does (or does not!) affect the average person's health. That is why this video is on SparkPeople. - 5/9/2014 4:22:29 PM