The Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

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The Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet The word gluten comes from the Latin word glutin, meaning glue (Merriam-Webster). Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and most other cereal grains, it gives dough and other produces their cohesiveness. It is very important to society, because without it, traditional baking would not be possible. The chainlike gluten molecules form an elastic network that traps gas and makes the dough expand (Keis). In other words, it is what makes brownies and other baked goods rise. Gluten related diseases are rapidly increasing. According to Tanda Cook, about ten thousand years ago, people in the East started cultivating grains to eat. They have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years in some places of the world, but it has only been part of the North American, Asian, African, and part of Europe’s diet for a relatively short period of time. In these places where grains were not consumed, people hunted and fished for protein, and got vitamins from fruits and vegetables. As the World started to develop more, farm techniques were improved, giving way to a more controlled way of agriculture. Through exploration and expansion, these techniques spread worldwide. Mediterranean countries such as Spain, France, and Portugal imported these grains and farming technology to the New World through the Columbian Exchange. Although gluten bearing foods were introduced worldwide, Joannie Ham says it was not until the industrial revolution when these
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