There's a lot of information out there about gluten sensitivities and coeliac disease that really makes it out that if you stop eating bread and you have not been diagnosed by a medical practitioner, you are a bad person. It's a strange phenomenon because if a vegetarian says, "I just don't like how eating meat makes me feel" the following reply usually is something along the lines of, "Oh that's cool. I've been trying to eat a lot more veggies lately too!", "So do you only eat vegetables?" and that's where the conversation usually ends. With gluten however, the conversation from the other party usually gets steered in the direction of, "Like, are you a real coeliac, or just one of those fake ones?". I find this absurd. I even know of some coeliacs, who are quite vocal about this and belittle those who are trying to find their way to health.
In this article, I'm going to cover what exactly gluten is, how it affects a large portion of the population and the pit falls of a gluten free diet.