Gluten is a protein composite naturally present in wheat, barley, and rye; it’s also added to baked goods to make them chewy and used to thicken sauces, soups, condiments, and other processed foods. Going gluten-free means giving up on all these foods, but there’s no other option for those suffering from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, one in 133 people has celiac disease (CD) and at least another six percent of the US population suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Yet there are many myths surrounding the whole gluten-free phenomenon, which is why this series attempts to shatter them and inform you of the facts. In part one, we approach the top three myths surrounding gluten-free living.

Myth 1: All grains contain gluten.
Fact: While grains like wheat, barley, and rye, as well as anything derived from them contains gluten, there are some grains that are truly gluten-free like amaranth, buck wheat, corn, millet, quinoa and teff.

Myth 2: A gluten-free diet contains no carbs.
Fact: Carbs are naturally found in fruit, and dairy and grains, including gluten-free ones. Gluten-free versions of popular carbs such as bread, pasta, and pizza dough, are widely available now for sale. Here’s a quick guide to gluten-free pasta.

Myth 3: Today’s wheat contains more gluten than the wheat grown in the 1900s.

  • Modern wheat contains less gluten than historical wheat, but improved gluten function.
  • Processed foods contain more viral wheat gluten as an ingredient than ever before.
  • There are different classes of wheat that have different amounts of protein.

Head to our Food section for healthy recipes and the latest food trends.
Here are some more recipes and tips for a Gluten-Free Diet.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.