Gluten: What exactly is it and why could it be bad for you? - FOX 32 News Chicago

Gluten: What exactly is it and why could it be bad for you?

Posted: Updated:

Many people are getting the gluten out of their diet. But, what exactly is it? And, why is it all of sudden bad for us? Good Day Atlanta's Tacoma Perry has those answers.

At Marilyn Santulli's bakery in Roswell, called American Gra-futti, you'll find fresh baked bread (22.34), graham crackers (2.42) and a delicious treat called cheese straws (22.51); but, one thing you won't find is gluten.

Marilyn said, "Even our employees do not bring lunches with gluten in them."

Her bakery is just one of a number of businesses and products that tout the gluten-free label and are part of a $5 billion industry. But, what exactly is gluten?

"Gluten is a protein that in certain prodcuts can go into baked goods, barley and rye," said Dr. Stanley Fineman, from the Atlanta Allergy & Ashtma Clinic.

For some, gluten presents no dietary problem, whatsoever. But, for 25 million Americans, gluten is off limits.

Dr. Fineman said, "It typically causes a condition that's called celiac disease and celiac disease is a condition that patients can't process those particular grains that contain that gluten protein properly."

Symptoms include gastrointestinal problems, nausea, diarrhea, chronic fatigue and difficulty losing weight. It's how Marilyn – diagnosed with celiac's disease – says she knew something was going on in her body. Now, she caters to others like her. These are people who need to remove gluten, while holding on to many of the foods they enjoy.

She said, "My goal has been for our products to be universal; for people of all ages, whether they need gluten free or not, to enjoy your products and it's very rewarding."

To diagnose a gluten insensitivity, you can get a blood test from your doctor.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Explore, Learn About Nature At Elachee Nature Science Center

    Explore, Learn About Nature At Elachee Nature Science Center

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:34:54 GMT
    Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore nature. And there's no better place to do it than at one of North Georgia's most beautiful and unique environmental education centers.
    Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore nature. And there's no better place to do it than at one of North Georgia's most beautiful and unique environmental education centers.
  • Renters turned down for loans can still buy

    Renters turned down for loans can still buy

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:29:31 GMT
    It you are renting and happy, then good for you. But if you are like most Americans, you hope to one day own a home of your own. Real estate expert John Adams is here to offer three ways you can own the house you want without a traditional home loan.
    It you are renting and happy, then good for you. But if you are like most Americans, you hope to one day own a home of your own. Real estate expert John Adams is here to offer three ways you can own the house you want without a traditional home loan.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices