Gluten is the name of the protein in wheat, rye and barley. Foods that contain gluten include bread and baked goods, pizza, french fries, pasta, soups, sauces and some vitamins, supplements and medications. There has been so much written about Gluten and Gluten Free and there are many theories about the root cause of the millions of Americans who have issues with Gluten.
Gluten free means to eliminate all gluten from your food plan. You may find gluten in unsuspecting items like chicken injected with a solution to keep it plump, licorice which needs wheat to help with binding, tortillas that have blended corn and wheat. The key is to look at the ingredients. For more hidden gluten ingredients check out WebMD’s : http://www.webmd.com/diet/hidden-sources-of-gluten.
Here are a few expert sites to learn more:
Celiac Disease Foundation: https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/what-is-gluten/
Wheat Belly: http://www.wheatbelly.com/