Saturday, December 1, 2012

What Is Gluten and Why Is It Bad For You?

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Gluten/gliadins are a form of lectin which are glycoproteins.

Glycoproteins are proteins having covalently attached carbohydrates (sugars).

They are found in all living organisms, in both soluble and insoluble forms with diverse functions and properties.

Glycoproteins can broadly be classified into three types based on the function of the attached carbohydrates.

  1. Typical Glycoprotein- Lectins, Immunoglobin G, Snake Venom, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Blood Cell Membrane glycophorin, Interferon are all types of Typical Glycoprotiens. 
  2. Glycosaminoglycans- Hyaluronate which is in synovial fluid and cartilage, Heparin-an anticoagulant in our blood, Chondroitin sulfate located in connective tissue/cartilage, Kerato sulfate within cartilage and arterial walls
  3. Collagen- found in skin and connective tissue, used for support.
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