What’s The Deal With Gluten?

Gluten. Perhaps the hottest and most controversial trend in the food world at the moment. From celebrities to the blogosphere, there is so much information swirling around about this little set of storage proteins found in wheat and related grains. But what does the actual science say? Well, you’re in luck. We’re excited to present to you the 5th installment in our What’s The Deal podcast series, where we deep dive into the science on a specific nutrient or food to debunk the myths, clear up the science, and hopefully arm you with some knowledge. And today, our focus is gluten. From what it actually is, to its function, to discussing the clinical manifestations of serious gluten allergies. We then dive into common claims made about gluten, such as:

  • even if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten is still unhealthy
  • gluten is inflammatory
  • gluten causes autoimmune diseases
  • gluten causes fatigue, brain fog, and other neurological symptoms
  • going gluten free helps you lose weight

We want to make it clear that the goal of this episode is not to bash gluten or poke fun at anyone who has allergies or sensitivities to gluten. We just want to know what the science says about it. If it’s unhealthy to eat, we’d like to know. We have no agenda or financial ties to the gluten industry. We’re also not doctors or gastroenterologists, we are simply synthesizing the research and sharing it with you in a digestible manner. Please consult your physician before making any significant lifestyle changes and/or if you believe you have celiac disease.

We hope you enjoy learning about the science behind gluten, and would love to hear your feedback on the episode, so don’t hesitate to send us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by tweeting us, Instagramming us, or whatever else the cool kids are doing these days. We love hearing from you! So go eat some plants, and do some epic shit.

-Jackson and Aaron

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Related Podcasts:


What’s The Deal With Protein?

What’s The Deal With Soy?

What’s The Deal With Iron?

What’s The Deal With Carbs?

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