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Demystifying the gluten-free diet

Demystifying the gluten-free diet

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post is from Stacy Pelekhaty.

The most frequently asked question I receive as a registered dietitian is, "What is gluten and why is it so bad for me?" So here I am to demystify gluten, and help you make healthy food choices.

What is gluten anyway?

Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. These grains have two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, and when beaten, kneaded or mixed they combine to form gluten. Gluten is stretchy and strong, and gives foods like...