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Is wheat gluten good for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2012/01/stop_eating_tofu_start_eating_wheat_gluten_.html

according to this guy it is

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:43 PM

@Tony, who cares what a shill for the agra-industry looks like. You think these guys ever actually bother to use what they endorse?

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:06 AM

But this is not good carb carrots vs bad carb lollies. It's veg protein vs veg protein. The author is a vegetarian and he thinks gluten is a better protein than tofu. Mineral-wise and estrogenics-wise he's right, though the soy lobby could dispute his claim. He doesn't have to show any references since anyone can look them up in the USDA nutrient database.

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on January 26, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Of course that's a factor. However, this writer is telling vegetarians they "should" be eating it and in the subtitle, claims it's healthier even. Back to my Lollies argument.

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on January 26, 2012
at 07:29 AM

Way to hit the nail on the head. (I was coming in here to say something about how sick I've been the last 3 days over crumbs in the cream cheese, but you said it better)

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on January 26, 2012
at 04:41 AM

I was fascinated by the discussion, nutrition notwithstanding. It's a lot more cost-effective to extract vegetable protein from soybeans after the oil is removed. I'm also learning that the Japanese food scientists/industry have unleashed quite a suite of Godzilla foods on the world....MSG, soy sauce, HFCS, glutinous rice, and seitan....

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Well, the author IS a vegetarian. He's flaunting vegetarian conventional wisdom by recommending a food that requires a lot of water to make, and which wastes probably 80% of the starting flour's mass down the sewer. He probably doesn't realize that he's recommending a food less sustainable than meat.

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:30 AM

People eat food because it tastes good.

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:25 AM

+1 for proper sentence composition. Beyond that, I don't think the author gives a rip about paleo.

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on January 25, 2012
at 09:53 PM

do i even need to read the article? "wheat gluten"? I'm gonna go with no, not so good for you.

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on January 25, 2012
at 09:52 PM

do you know what the author looks like? was the turd a self portrait?

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806b3588cadfe4bc523adc5b9e757a39

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on January 25, 2012
at 09:14 PM

He doesn't really address the health aspects or the reasons Paleo/Primal/Ancestral eaters shun gluten.

Just because it tastes better than tofu, it doesn't mean gluten is good for you.

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:25 AM

+1 for proper sentence composition. Beyond that, I don't think the author gives a rip about paleo.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 25, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Obviously its awful for you. Did you see how poorly written and researched that article was? Its the gluten crossing the author's brain barrier causing him to lose common sense. There is also a picture of an albino turd at the beginning too.

537001f30670e73eb0ac45779af649a5

on January 25, 2012
at 09:52 PM

do you know what the author looks like? was the turd a self portrait?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 29, 2012
at 03:43 PM

@Tony, who cares what a shill for the agra-industry looks like. You think these guys ever actually bother to use what they endorse?

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on January 25, 2012
at 10:49 PM

For someone who had no gluten sensitivity, it likely would be better than soy, but that's a bit like saying a stabbing is better than getting shot in the head.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 26, 2012
at 07:29 AM

Way to hit the nail on the head. (I was coming in here to say something about how sick I've been the last 3 days over crumbs in the cream cheese, but you said it better)

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79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

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on January 25, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Fighting my inner-troll's desire to simply say "TL;DR (too long, didn't read)" and call it a day... but to be honest... I think it would be more appropriate to say: too long, too ridiculous, had to fight hard to finish reading. That article's words:substance ratio is wildly upsetting, even by the lowest of standards..

"Wheat gluten is healthier, tastier, and more versatile than tofu. Vegetarians should be eating it all the time."

Not a single, solitary sentence afterward mentioning potential health benefits of gluten....

Isn't that usually a selling point when it comes to food...? That it's good for you? That you benefit from it? Vegetarians "should be" eating it all the time simply because it tastes good? So do lollies. I love lollies. Clearly, a lollie > a carrot. Any time I consider eating a carrot, I should put it back and grab a bag of lollies.

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:30 AM

People eat food because it tastes good.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 27, 2012
at 12:06 AM

But this is not good carb carrots vs bad carb lollies. It's veg protein vs veg protein. The author is a vegetarian and he thinks gluten is a better protein than tofu. Mineral-wise and estrogenics-wise he's right, though the soy lobby could dispute his claim. He doesn't have to show any references since anyone can look them up in the USDA nutrient database.

79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

(229)

on January 26, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Of course that's a factor. However, this writer is telling vegetarians they "should" be eating it and in the subtitle, claims it's healthier even. Back to my Lollies argument.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 25, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I totally agree with the article.

Vegetarians should eat more wheat gluten!

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(10611)

on January 26, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Well, the author IS a vegetarian. He's flaunting vegetarian conventional wisdom by recommending a food that requires a lot of water to make, and which wastes probably 80% of the starting flour's mass down the sewer. He probably doesn't realize that he's recommending a food less sustainable than meat.

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C678bf33580271beecf36ab23424c3bb

on January 25, 2012
at 09:40 PM

He doesn't actually address nutrition at all. I don't see anywhere he says it's "good for you", only that it tastes better and has a better texture than soy-based meat replacements.

He sidesteps any objections with some hand-waving and vaguely ridiculing the idea of food sensitivities.

There is little substance to the article, just pseudo-gastronomic fluff.

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(10611)

on January 26, 2012
at 04:41 AM

I was fascinated by the discussion, nutrition notwithstanding. It's a lot more cost-effective to extract vegetable protein from soybeans after the oil is removed. I'm also learning that the Japanese food scientists/industry have unleashed quite a suite of Godzilla foods on the world....MSG, soy sauce, HFCS, glutinous rice, and seitan....

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 25, 2012
at 10:41 PM

The best thing I can think of to say is that working the dough frequently would be great for the arms, shoulders and (probably) upper body. And it might be true that it tastes good, but it seems he's using himself and others as lab rats as even he admits there's no long-standing history of this as a food.

I actually got goose bumps reading the article because I am so intolerant of gluten.

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