When it comes to us living healthy lives, there are some things that can boost our systems just as there are things that can affect us negatively. Gluten is, strangely enough, a type of food that can do both, based on how sensitive you are to it. Some people experience it in different ways and if you are unsure whether or not you should consume gluten, it would be safer and wiser for you to consult your doctor first.

Gluten is basically a mixture of wheat-based protein which can be found in barley, rye, and oats. Just as the name suggests, it really puts the ‘glue’ into the food that you eat. It is especially important in the manufacturing and making of dough as it lends elasticity to it and helps it to rise. It also helps the food it works in to maintain its shape and to lend a chewy texture to the final product.

The way gluten is extracted often depends on the type of food group that you are working with. In dough you can extract gluten or develop gluten by kneading it constantly and evenly. It can also be extracted by means of centrifugation. This method is usually implemented in industrial cooking stations such as restaurants or factories.

The most famous place gluten can be found is in different sorts of bread products. Gluten is developed in bread products by leaving it to rest so that the yeast can be developed and then ferment afterwards. This traps gluten in carbon dioxide molecules which helps the bread or dough to rise. It is also used in mock products and certain animal feeds. These products, including bread, are all very high in gluten because of the natural way it is enhanced and increased.

As previously stated, gluten can be extremely healthy for you, but it has been the centre of controversy for the past few years. Many people leave it out of their diets to pursue gluten-free eating plans in order to lose weight. Others do not even have this option and have to cut gluten out of their diets because of the negative effect it has on certain people.

People who are unable to consume gluten often have very sensitive digestive systems and gluten makes it even more difficult for food to be properly digested. People with sensitivity to gluten may experience chronic stomach cramps, feelings of being bloated, and nausea.

These gluten intolerance levels are often referred to as celiac disease which is a disease that attacks the small intestine and leaves the consumer of gluten feeling very ill.

Others may experience a gluten sensitivity that is not linked to celiac disease but still affects their digestive system. This type of gluten sensitivity is often more likely to be the cause of discomfort rather than celiac disease. There are also many people who suffer from wheat allergies where they have to stay away from gluten.

Some of the benefits of gluten are that it is high in protein, high in iron, and adds a number of nutrients to your diet without adding extra sodium and cholesterol.