When it comes to gluten, lots of people say they’re intolerant or allergic to it, but most of them don’t even know what it is.
That’s what late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel says is the case in Los Angeles, where he says eating gluten is considered worse than Satanism!
And, according to his very un-scientific survey, Jimmy is correct.
On his late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the presenter said: “I don’t know if it’s just here in L.A., but people are very anti-gluten. Which bothers me, because I’m very pro pizza. And you can’t be pro-pizza and anti-gluten.”
Watch the rest of the ridiculousness here:
Here is the answer that no one gave, but should have:
Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that’s ground to make flour). Gluten both nourishes plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.
Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).
Though ‘true gluten’ is sometimes defined as being specific to wheat, gluten is often said to be part of other cereal grains — including rye, barley and various crossbreeds — because these grains also contain protein composites made from prolamins and glutelins.
It isn’t necessarily bad, but some people are gluten-intolerant, meaning their bodies produce an abnormal immune response when it breaks down gluten from wheat and related grains during digestion.
The most well-known form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease, which affects one in every 141 people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, it triggers an immune response that damages their intestines, preventing them from absorbing vital nutrients.