Our family stopped tolerating wheat, or perhaps, we never really digested it well. Then, perhaps it is because the wheat grown in America is so genetically modified, that it isn’t easily digested by many people. It appears that gluten-free has become a need for entirely too many people.
Yes, I know nothing replaces wheat. If you have ever had to turn to a gluten-free diet, you really know what I am talking about.
We even tried non-gmo, organic wheat.
We had been really careful to eat organic, non-gmo wheat flour, however, our bodies reached the wall, even then. We put on pounds without explanation, which we then could not lose. My special needs son already tends to gain weight easily, so this was alarming for me. So, for us, losing the wheat became a necessity. My typical son’s allergies, eczema and ADD returned. Food allergies can cause a myriad of other health issues, so we said good-bye to wheat…
One key point in the Monsanto battle over genetically modified organisms (i.e. food) is that genetically modified foods are causing an epidemic of health problems. While I don’t totally disagree with that, I have to say that with us, it did not make a difference. Which probably means that our issues are food allergy-related. In the book, Wheat Belly Cookbook: Lose Your Wheat Belly With These Wheat Free Recipes! the author points out how much our modern-day wheat has changed from its original state, stating that wheat fields used to have wheat stalks 4 1/2 feet tall. In contrast, the wheat stalks of today’s fields stand about 1 1/2 feet tall. No, we cannot discount the difference.
Why is wheat so bad for you?
While, many of us grew up on a nice whole wheat bread diet, you may be surprised at the scientific and nutritional research which tells you how wrong we were (non-gmo or not).
*Wheat actually breaks down into sugars, and like other gluten flours, it can trigger our bodies to store fat.
*Wheat contains gliadins which sends dopamine receptors to our brains saying, “Eat more!”
*Lectins, a known protein in wheat interferes with proper intestinal absorption.
*Wheat contains Amylopectin A which is a complex carbohydrate that causes a sugar high.
*All the improperly digested foods and toxins build up in your body and give you the official wheat belly, which creates excess estrogen. (And, yes, even for the men)
*The offending undigested particles are seen as targets by your immune system, hence why wheat causes so many immune-related illnesses like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
*Wheat also then reduces the stomach acid in your stomach, causing reflux, and a whole host of other issues, including a general build-up of bad bacteria.
You can find out more information in these books.
I actually started with Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, a book on the Paleo diet, which is grounded in the foundation that wheat is not a good source of nutrition. The book contains many gems such as a general biology lesson of what exactly wheat does to you, and how to eat healthy a gluten-free diet, most of which I already knew, but she added a few suggestions for gluten-free alternative grains, which we are trying.
I read the introduction to the small little cookbook, Wheat Belly Cookbook: Lose Your Wheat Belly With These Wheat Free Recipes!, and found some other gems about the nutritional breakdown in your body, caused by wheat. This little book also includes a short synopsis of the issue of genetically modified wheat.
Obviously, time will tell us more about wheat.
In the meantime, lose the wheat if you are experiencing extreme weigh gain, or other immune-related issues, then letting go of the wheat may be one solution to improving your family’s health. It is never just one offending food that causes a problem in our bodies, but many people will stand against ingesting wheat, and be all the better for it.
Blessings to you and your family this week~Kim