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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Gluten What does it mean if a food is gluten free? Where can you find gluten? Structure Function Gluten is just one of many proteins.Other proteins include Keratin, Elastin, and Insulin.All of these proteins have the basic functions like controlling muscle movements, antibodies,in skin structure, hormones and enzymes. Proteins are made from the elements Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Sulfur are Nitrogen. Theyhave core elements of N-C-C and have amino acidmonomers on the sides. Proteins form peptidebonds, which no other macromolecule does andtend to bend and twist in shape and appearance. Core elements One amino acid What is Glutens purpose? You can find Gluten in grains like wheat, barely and rye or most products made with dough. Gluten is also found in beer and soy sauce. Gluten makes dough stretchy and elastic whilehelping the dough rise and keep shape. Glutenacts as a glue in foods and can be added as a thickener. It is also responsible for breads and other products with gluten "chewy" texture. When a food is gluten free it simply means thatthe gluten have been removed from it using extraction and other methods.Gluten is removedfrom food for people who are " gluten intolerant" which is a disease known as celiac, meaning thattheir body cannot process gluten. Celiac Disease Celiac disease is an immune disorder.This disease affects less than 1% of people in the U.S. When someone who has celiac ingests gluten, their body creates more antibodies that attack the small intestine.
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