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Understanding Gluten By: Abby Sayler Wheat flour is milled from wheat berries and contains gluten. Gluten is the dough-forming protein fraction of the wheat flour providing texture, flow and elasticity to dough. Food manufacturers isolate the gluten and use it in a wide variety of processed foods. However, when wheat berries are soaked, they germinate and gluten is no longer present, resulting in a gluten-free sprouted wheat flour. Individuals with celiac disease (a genetic disorder) are intolerant to gluten. Gluten causes damage to the villi (finger-like projections) in the wall of the small intestine. The flattened villi cause malabsorption with resulting weight loss, fatigue, abdominal distention, diarrhea, headaches, muscle cramps, spasms and joint pain. Strict life-long avoidance of gluten is the basic treatment for celiacs. By definition gluten is found only in a wheat berry, although the term is commonly used to refer to any grain protein harmful to sensitive individuals. Gluten contains a compound called gliadin. A specific amino acid sequence found in gliadin is responsible for the sensitivity to gluten. Many of the grains contain amino acid sequences similar to that in gluten and may account for the sensitivity to barley, rye, triticale and spelt shown by gluten-intolerant individuals. Due to the sharing of equipment at grain processing plants and the rotation of crops, in which wheat may be grown on the same field as oats, contamination of oats with wheat may occur. What���s Not to Love? ��� Moducare�� plant sterols/ sterolins, Quercetin, Nettle and Feverfew ��� Synergistic Nutritional Formula for Seasonal Allergies* Buy One & Get 1/2 Off Your Second Bottle of MegaFood* ��� Targeted Immune Support for Sinus and Respiratory Health* ��� Suitable for Vegetarians Manufactured by: Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd. 23501 Madero, Mission Viejo, CA 92691-2744 ��� USA 949.855.2776 ��� 800.421.2998 ��� Fax 949.458.2764 Page 10 | Abby���s Magazine - *Receive 50% off the lowest priced bottle at time of purchase Promotion March 1 -31, 2013

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