Updated: May 11, 2019
You see, gluten is extremely difficult for most people to properly digest, leading to digestive issues like gas, bloating and overall discomfort. And even if you don't feel the side effects of gluten . . . rest assured, it's still causing "silent damage" to your gut and immune system. Ingested gluten acts like shards of glass cutting into the intestinal wall lining causing inflammation and compromising your immune system, overall health and can even be the cause of slowed or completely stalled fat loss.
So we know gluten is a general name for the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. And we know it helps food maintain its shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. But did you know . . . when gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, they mistakenly believe that it's coming from some sort of foreign invader, like a bacteria. Therefore, making gluten sensitivity actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging affects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints and digestive tract.
Gluten isn't the same as it was in biblical times. You know . . . "wheat the staff of life." All grains, especially wheat aren't the same as they were centuries ago. Wheat has been agriculturally hybrid. It's now genetically lab engineered to resist fungus, grow more quickly and be more pliable for industrial bread baking. As a consequence, 50 - 60 years ago, wheat contained only 5% gluten, but today wheat contains 50% gluten.
So think twice about eating food containing gluten.