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June 28, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #93

Sliced bread

Multiple Choice

A few weeks ago, I watched a very funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel's late night show, which I can't stay up late enough to watch in real time. He asked people who are eating gluten-free by choice (not of necessity), "What is gluten?" I thought that might be a great quiz question as we are all trying to learn more about it, though I'm betting all of you know the answer. What is gluten?

1. Bread
2. Wheat flour
3. A starch
4. A protein

__________

Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Cumin isn't one of the spices in herbes de Provence. All of the others are in the mix.]

You can find many of the answers to The Pantry Quiz by using the search box at right, at the top of the page, to hunt for clues. Come back next Saturday for the answer to today's quiz question.

Comments

Well, you know I already know the answer to that one. ;-) For the record, I didn't find Jimmy's clip funny at all. Those of who are gluten free are kind of tired of gluten and living gluten free being the "in" joke of today. Most folks watching don't even consider the fact that those bits are edited so they show what the editor wants to show, in this case, to make it look like nobody has a clue what gluten is. I'm sure that some people they interviewed were gf and got the answer right, but that wouldn't be funny at all so they didn't include those folks' answers. Anyway, this is a good quiz to have to educate folks on gluten. Now to take that simple knowledge and figure out what foods/recipes are truly gluten free would be a much bigger task. Usually it's only those of us who are gf ourselves who can really get that.

Shirley

Shirley, I usually don't respond to comments on the quiz questions, but I want to respond to yours. The intent of the quiz is always to educate, in a fun way, and the intent of the clip is to poke gentle fun at people who make uninformed choices. Gluten is (obviously) quite misunderstood by those who are not celiac or allergic to gluten. We are all trying to learn more. I know you know the answer to this quiz, and I hope you'll share it.

It is a protein found in a variety of grains including wheat. And surprise I am not gluten sensitive or gluten free.

Gluten is a protein that causes problems for people whose bodies are sensitive to it. I'm glad that I'm not gluten-free, but it is nice to see that there are so many more food options to help with it now. Even my Costco carries gluten-free flour and almond flour both!

Protein found in wheat and relatives, barley, and according to Aussies - a variant in oats (even when they're not contaminated). And a pain in the neck. (My husband was called celiac as a fragile newborn - the most destructive form of gluten-damaging; now it seems to be the intolerant form, as we understand it better.)
Gluten-free bloggers like Shirley have been important in providing support to those who need it.

Lydia - you were correct that we would know the answer....a protein.

It is a form of protein.

It's a protein. I have a son and a granddaughter who have celiac disease, so everyone in our family is very aware of all the issues surrounding the disease and GF food.

An insider's comment on the video, from Udi's, and a quiz if you want more basics on gluten and getting along without it.

http://udisglutenfree.com/community/?mobile=false#health-and-wellness/8f513bfa-6391-11e3-817a-22000afd2dc7

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