It's a common component in many of the foods we eat.
Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. It is an infamous mix of proteins you've probably been warned about.
But don't let all the talk scare you, ditching gluten isn't for just anyone.
Gluten-free diets are intended for people with celiac disease -- a condition where an immune system response is triggered when gluten is consumed.
And, this can damage the lining of the small intestine and hurt its ability to absorb nutrients, leading to anemia, osteoporosis, weight loss and other complications.
Removing gluten from your diet allows the intestine to heal, and dietitians say this can alleviate symptoms and allow the absorption of nutrients.
But if you don't have celiac disease, removing gluten from your diet puts you at risk of missing nutrients.
Learn more in our 6 on Health Report sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.