Wtf is glutenGluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and couple of other grains. It's primary components are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin, in particular, is being implicated in scientific studies as a source of inflammation and disruption of the metabolic process. Gliadin is also the target of auto-immune issues in Celiacs, and may well be the auto-immune target in Type 1 Diabetics.
— Noah Cook (@NoahGmpeg) February 9, 2015
@SandaBabyyy lmao I know so many people who swear they are gluten free but can't explain to me what gluten isThere is certainly a large degree of ignorance on this subject in society, but most people have no clue how their computer works, and yet it still does, without discrediting the computer.
— Nate Tepp (@natetepp) February 9, 2015
@JohnFugelsang @FrankConniff Despite there being no scientific evidence that being gluten-free has any benefits at allAgain, one's ignorance of the scientific evidence does not negate the actual scientific evidence. There's plenty of it, and it's accumulating.
— Noble Pies (@NoblePies) February 9, 2015
@wolksoprano gluten isn't harmful unless you're coeliac. Makes no sense. Should be catered for though. AlwaysYet again, one's ignorance is not a conclusion.
— Auntie Laura (@lff12) February 10, 2015
@lff12 Exactly. Unless coeliac or intolerant, it's an important part of the diet. Same with dairy. I'm not fussy, or faddy. It's genuine.Gluten is not an important part of any diet. Neither, for that matter, is wheat. Fortification (the adding of vitamins and nutrients) of wheat is the only basis for any argument regarding the nutritional value of wheat vs. gluten-free grains, and the reason wheat is fortified is because it's not very nutritious. Even when fortified, several gluten-free grains are still more nutritious than wheat (millet, amoranth, buckwheat). One really shouldn't be relying on fortification, wheat or any grain carb as nutrition to begin with.
— LauraWolk-Lewanowicz (@wolksoprano) February 10, 2015
Do you guys remember 10 years ago, when all the people with gluten allergies were dying in the streets like diseased cattle?No, but I do remember 35 years ago, when obesity was rare, when eating or drinking too much sugar made one sick and you had to stop, when 12 year-olds weren't being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases. I remember there was a time when no one knew what Celiac's was, or what Alzheimer's was, or Parkinson's, or ALS; not because people didn't have these illnesses, but because they were rare.
— Margaret Torres (@bizarreglom) February 10, 2015
Gluten free is gay as fuck..Mayhap so. Though I've never judged a fuck, when I give one.
— yenomD (@yenomD) February 9, 2015
Why do food products that wouldn't contain gluten in the first place still say "gluten free".....?!?!!!??There are several reasons, but the most ubiquitous is that wheat is frequently added to many products that one wouldn't suspect.
— Jillian (@Jillian_Malloy) February 9, 2015
Some examples: Many crisped rice cereal often have malted barley added to them for flavoring, which contains gluten. Soy sauce, despite it's name, is usually prepared with wheat. Same for Teriyaki sauce.
Other times, products share equipment with those used to make wheat products or harvest wheat, and the contamination can be enough to activate problems in people with severe allergies or auto-immune responses to gluten. Oats are the prime example of shared harvesting equipment.
Finally, marketers are savvy to ignorance. If you look at a box of Corn Chex and scream that it shouldn't be labeled "Gluten-Free" because corn has no gluten to begin with, there's someone else looking at it, sighing with relief that they finally found a breakfast cereal that doesn't cost $5 a box that they can eat.
Seriously, what is everyone's obsession with gluten free?For people whom gluten affects, discovering that all they had to do was stop eating it to become healthy is a life-changing experience, and it can be very obsessing, yes. Personally, I had to struggle to tamp down my impulses to evangelically proselytize about it, and it's easy to argue I wasn't successful; I suspect there are plenty of people who don't put in that effort and just ramble on like fanatics.
— Gary A. Vasquez (@gary_vasquez) February 9, 2015
Could we stop the anti-vaxxers if we said measles contains gluten? http://t.co/N4QqAgw73mNo, you couldn't, because conflating your own ignorance regarding the health effects of gluten with the anti-vaxxers ignorance of disease and disdain of public safety is just a sick display of hostile stupidity all around. See to the mote in your own eye. And yes, I read the article.
— John LeBlanc (@LeBlancJpl) February 9, 2015
@LowGlutenDiet what exactly does gluten free meanBesides the obvious (eating products free of gluten), it can mean a lot of different things to different people. For me, it accompanied a switch to a higher-fat & protein, lower carb diet that has allowed me to put my type 2 diabetes into remission and go medication free. It's also allowed me to indulge in sugars and carbs when I so desire, without (much) negative consequence.
— IAmPointless (@ingumkro9) February 9, 2015
It's just a matter of time before the insides of the people who stopped eating gluten turn into slushies.I prefer Icees, but if we look at this comment scientifically, going gluten-free might actually do this, if we consider the healthy state of internal organs to be slush, as opposed to inflamed, amyloid-fibril riddled, and plaque calcified stones requiring chronic pharmacological and surgical treatment just to continue to function.
— Cassie Ramoska (@cramoska) February 9, 2015
Gluten-phobic dipshits without Celiac disease should all just choke to death on their fucking gluten-free food. Fucking idiots.Tell us how you really feel. There will be a certain level of schadenfreude when people like you get T2 diabetes and lose limbs. Unfortunately, your brain will be too addled for you to understand, so there's no "told you so" satisfaction.
— Carl XQ Ching ⛧ (@hemi440sir) February 10, 2015
Under my glorious rule anyone proclaiming to be Gluten intolerant will have 24 hours to provide a doctors note to prevent execution.Go home, Michelle Obama, you're drunk.
— mostly grumpy (@mostly_grumpy) February 10, 2015
Accidentally got my puppy gluten free dog food. What has this world come to…I'm still trying to imagine packs of dogs out in the waves of grain, harvesting wheat with scythes, milling it, and making their own dog treats. But, hey, you might find the wolves doing it.
— Jon Kilmer (@JonKilmer) February 10, 2015
Shutting up is gluten free tooWhere's "the fuck" ?? It really has no impact if you don't say it right.
— Travis T Maddox (@travistcreation) February 10, 2015
I love how we liberals are so into science, until it comes to gluten. FUN FACT: I once followed food advice from a realtor.Liberals aren't into science; they're into treating scientists as deities and worshiping them, and following group-think trends without any rational basis, but rather the personality of the message bringer. Occasionally, the science is accurate. I could throw research articles at you all day long on pretty much any science topic that politics has migrated into and we'd still have no common ground to discuss the issue because your comprehension is limited by your ideological filters. I know this to be true, because you said "we liberals".
— Writing Out Loud (@writingol) February 10, 2015
"go eat a dick its gluten free"February 10, 2015 Seminal Plasma and Semen Amyloids Enhance Cytomegalovirus Infection in Cell Culture. Not that I expect you to understand this, but there's a possible link of semen amyloid fibril formation to gluten, which means dick isn't necessarily gluten free, and glutened dick might be pretty bad, particularly if it's already bad dick.
— Bridget (@bridgyates)
Added 2/10/15, 2:00 pm, because I always publish too early.
what actually happens when you eat gluten1. Digestion will break down gluten into its two primary components: gliadin and glutenin, but neither of these are fully digested proteins, nor can they be by humans.
— jon mescudi (@joncopes) February 10, 2015
2. In Coeliacs and people sensitive to gluten, the presence of gliadin in the intestinal tract activates the secretion of Zonulin, a protein that regulates the permeability of the intestinal wall.
3. In Coeliacs, the auto-immune response attacks gliadin while it's still in the intestines, in an attempt to prevent it from entering the blood stream through the intestinal wall. This attack destroys the intestinal villi, leading to serious health problems.
4. In others, gliadin enters the bloodstream in the form of hydrolized gliadin, where it interferes with the normal metabolic process.
5. Gliadin acts as a catalyst for the misfolding of proteins with amylin, a primary regulator of the metabolic process.
6. In Type 1 diabetics, the resulting amyloid (misfolded amylin) fragments collect in the pancreas and are the target of an auto-immune reaction that also destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
7. Amylin's normal reaction with proteins provides signals which regulate insulin secretion, liver lipid production, brain appetite signals and rate of gastric emptying.
8. When amylin is disrupted by gliadin, so are the signals, resulting in increased insulin secretion, increased lipid production, and appetite signals. Blood sugar will swing, cholesterol and triglycerides will rise, subject will become tired and fatigued, only to rebound to a state of extreme hunger, prompting the continuation of this cycle.
9. In those without a direct auto-immune reaction to gliadin-amyloids, the amyloids fibers will disperse throughout the body and collect in various areas where they will cause inflammation and damage, potentially spark latent auto-immune reactions, or, as in the case of Alzheimer's or atherosclerosis, become the plaques that cause the damage.
10. In others, the prolonged inflammation of the fatty cells, heightened secretion of insulin and liver production of lipids will lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty-acid liver disease, kidney failure, along with any other number of related complications.