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What’s the Deal With Gluten? (Infographic)

What's With Gluten-Free?

Gluten-free packaging is everywhere, but many people still don’t seem to know what gluten is and why they might want to avoid it.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew out in L.A. to find out if people even knew what gluten was.

Kimmel explained, “In L.A., people are very anti-gluten, which bothers me because I’m very pro-pizza.” Kimmel wondered if people would be able to answer the question “What is gluten?”

If you haven’t seen the clip, check it out:

For people who have celiac disease, gluten is not exactly a laughing matter, however. Celiac is an intestine damaging disease, and 85 percent of sufferers go undiagnosed.

At LIVESTRONG.COM, gluten has been a popular topic over the past several years. We’ve published a number of articles on gluten, including “Gluten: Friend or Foe?” “15 Unexpected Foods That Contain Gluten,” “5 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free” and “Gluten-Free Is the Way for Me.”

Still, the Kimmel segment highlights that there are a lot of people out there who don’t know what the heck gluten is. To help fix this, we created an infographic to help make it easier for everyone to understand what the deal is with gluten.

We hope this infographic will help to solve all the confusing questions about gluten.  (Gluten, by the way, is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale and barley.)

Print it and/or pin it and share it on Pinterest.

Gluten infographic


– Jess

Readers - Did you know what gluten was before reading this article? If not, did the infographic help to explain things? Have you ever eaten gluten-free?  Has eating gluten-free helped you feel better? Have you ever been tested for or diagnosed with celiac disease? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of farmers markets, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it!

In 2012, Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at She has appeared on MSNBC's The Most, ABC News Now and XM satellite radio  and her writing has appeared on and Yahoo.

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