5/12/14

What Is Gluten?

Does anyone really know why people hate trends? It’s probably the same reason that people hate people who hate trends - it's like inception, but with trends. Trend followers and trend haters all fall under the same category;

Bandwaggoner: A truly unique breed of person who takes it upon himself/herself to be very passionate about things they don’t really understand.

For example:

Like a discovery channel documentary, we get to see a first account in the life of a bandwaggoner. The cameras cast the bait with a simple question, “what is gluten?” and the gluten-free-istas chomped down and got snared in their poor responses. Jimmy Kimmel caught everyone red handed and it went viral. Can you blame people for wanting everyone to see this blunder though? How many times have you had the gospels of anti-gluten preached at you by people you barely know?

 Being a bandwaggoner is like being a preacher and not knowing John 3:16; it’s downright embarrassing.
Whether you are pro or anti gluten, you should have some kind of grasp as to what it is.

Gluten Is…
Gluten is a protein found in many grass type plants that produce a head (wheat, barley, rye, etc) It is composed of two proteins; gliadin and glutenin. These protein-molecules make up 80% of the proteins in products like wheat.

And This Is Important Because…
At least 1 in 133 people suffer from celiac disease, and although that’s only .8% of the population this is the smallest number I’ll bring up. Some current research even suggests that 1 in 56 people have an adverse reaction to gluten; that’s 1.8% of people. Even more startling, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness says that 6 times as many people suffer from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity; that’s roughly 1 in 30 people. Just by adding up all of these numbers roughly 6% of the population suffers from noticeable distress when eating gluten. 6% is still a relatively small number though.

However, you don’t have to be part of the inglorious 6% to suffer from some form of gluten damage. Consuming gluten has been linked to belly bloat, acne, hives, rashes, and fatigue. Likewise gluten has a binding property that causes it to inhibit the absorption of certain minerals and vitamins in the intestine. But I’m not going to take a hammer and nail my theses to any fast food market door. If you don’t think you should care about gluten eat it, and if you’re not eating gluten because you think you’ll lose weight then you’re doing it the wrong way.

Not once in my entire life had I thought that giving up gluten laced products like breads and grains would improve my health. After seeing the numbers and developing statistics I decided to give it a shot. After 6 months of gluten abstinence I couldn’t tell if anything great had happened. So, in a bout of rebellion I ate everything that had gluten again. For about 2 weeks I reintroduced the grainy products back into my life – that was the wrong idea. My stomach turned, my bowel movements were frequent or non existence, and I couldn’t do anything without my intestines making audible protests. I had never had this happen before, but the absence of gluten allowed my intestine to void it’s inflammation, and the reintroduction brought it right back.

Glutenista or not, now you know what gluten is and what it can do. You know what they say, knowledge is power.


Now you can be super passionate about something that you actually know about – kudos to you.

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.