With the growing popularity of the gluten-free diet as an anti-inflammatory aid and the increased availability of gluten-free products on your grocery store shelves, you might be wondering if cutting gluten from your diet will help to reduce your inflammatory arthritis symptoms. This week we are taking a closer look at the gluten-free diet to understand why there is so much hype about it and whether it can be helpful for those with autoimmune diseases. So, if you have been wondering about going gluten-free to help with your inflammatory symptoms and want to know if it could work for you, keep reading!
What exactly is gluten?
Grains contain four different proteins: prolamins, glutelins, albumins and globulins. The prolamin and glutelin proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye are what we refer to as "gluten."
The gluten proteins are what make your bread rise and have those delightful, spongey webs with a chewy texture. This occurs because gluten proteins form a mesh of elastic networks that trap gases and moisture during the cooking process, resulting in the rising of bread or the softening of pasta.