Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Gosling , and Jenny McCarthy are just some of the celebrities who have altered their diets to a gluten-free one, not necessarily because they are gluten intolerant, but because they, like so many others, believe the diet to be healthier.

The question is, what is gluten and why is it bad for you?

According to the Mayo Clinic, gluten is composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).  Though “true gluten” is sometimes defined as being specific to wheat, gluten is also found in barley, rye and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye.

Gluten is only bad for people with celiac disease or for those with a gluten sensitivity, which means that their bodies produce an abnormal immune response when breaking down gluten during digestion.  For that relatively small group of people, a gluten-free diet functions as a detox by relieving tier system of an irritant.

For those of us that aren’t struggling with gluten sensitivity, avoiding gluten is not a health necessity – if you want to go gluten-free, and you experience that you feel better, it might just be that you are eating healthier.

Food4Four is creating new gluten-free food experiences which will be released in 2017 – look out for these and our new and tested wholesome experiences.

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