Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grains in the wheat family like barley, rye, spelt, faro and bulgur. Foods made from wheat such as breads, cereals, and pasta, contain gluten. Gluten helps pasta maintain its many shapes and gives it the slightly chewy texture.
Most people enjoy products that contain gluten without any side effects. For those individuals who chose not to eat gluten or have been diagnosed by a doctor with a gluten sensitivity, there are numerous gluten-free pasta options that allow them to enjoy a wide variety of pasta dishes.