What’s the big deal with gluten? - William D. Chey

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


An insoluble substance is one that is not soluble in any water. This means that it is not possible to dissolve it into any other substances.

  • The insoluble compound was the cause of the problem.
  • The insoluble compound made it difficult to clean the floor.

Celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine. It's caused by the body's immune system attacking the gluten proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley.

  • Many people with celiac disease are allergic to gluten.
  • Celiac disease is a type of gluten intolerance.

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. It can cause a person to have a difficult time breathing, to feel very anxious, and to have a rash all over their body.

  • He had an anaphylactic reaction to the peanuts and needed to be taken to the hospital.
  • She had an anaphylactic reaction to the cow milk and needed to be taken to the hospital.

To impair something is to make it less effective. If you impair the performance of a car, it will be less able to travel fast or handle difficult terrain.

  • The oilslickened roads made it difficult for the car to drive smoothly.
  • The dust and dirt in the air made it difficult for the airplane to fly.

To bloated is to become bloated or to have a lot of gas. When you eat a lot of food, it can cause you to become bloated.

  • She was bloated after eating a big dinner.
  • His stomach was bloated from the gas that he was releasing.

Fermented foods are foods that have been treated with certain types of yeast. This process helps to make the food more sour, salty, or sweet.

  • The fermented vegetables were very sour.
  • The fermented sauce was very salty.

Fortuitous is a word that is used to describe something that is lucky or fortunate. Sometimes people use the word to describe things that happen to them, even though they don't deserve them.

  • The fortuitous event was the dress catching on fire.
  • The fortuitous event was the doorbell ringing at that moment.