Wheat, Gluten and Health

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Description: Wheat: The Latest Dietary “Villain”:- Close to 30% of US adults* are interested in cutting down or avoiding gluten in their diets. And, most are not doing so out of medical necessity…. Is gluten or wheat really the cause of all the obesity and illness it is accused of?.

Anatomy of a Wheat Kernel: The Kernel of Wheat Sometimes called the wheat berry, the kernel is the seed from which the wheat plant grows. Endosperm, Bran, Germ.

 
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Wheat, Gluten and Health

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Wheat: The Latest Dietary “Villain”
• Close to 30% of US adults* are interested in
cutting down or avoiding gluten in their diets.
• And, most are not doing so out of medical
necessity….
• Is gluten or wheat really the cause of all the
obesity and illness it is accused of?

*NPD Group/Dieting Monitor, 52 week data year ending January 30, 2013

Six Classes of Wheat

Anatomy of a Wheat Kernel
The Kernel of Wheat

Sometimes called the wheat berry,
the kernel is the seed from which
the wheat plant grows.

• Endosperm
• Bran
• Germ

What is Gluten?
Gluten is a matrix formed by the proteins gliadin
and glutenin

Gluten in the Food Supply
• Wheat is the primary source of gluten in the US
food supply
– Breads, pasta, tortillas, crackers, cookies, cakes, etc.

• Other foods that contain gluten include:
– Beer, ale, lager
– Couscous, bulgur, farina
– “Malt” or “malted” foods: malt extract, malt vinegar
(used in some pickles), malted milk, etc.
– Other sources: seasonings, broths, soy sauce, sausage,
hot dogs, deli meats, candies, and some medications

Wheat & Gluten: What’s All the Fuss?

Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance
and Wheat Allergy
• Very few people (1:141 or