New studies show that even whole wheat may contribute to serious health problems.
Why is Wheat Bad for You?
Here are 6 ways wheat can destroy your health.
1. Wheat is Loaded With Gluten
Gluten is the main protein found in wheat and a few other grains like rye, spelt and barley. Its name is derived from its glue-like (glu-ten) properties. This protein gives dough its elastic properties and makes it pliable. If you’ve ever handled wet dough in your life, then you will know what I’m talking about. The problem with modern wheat is that many people are unable to properly digest the gluten in it.
The immune system “sees” the gluten proteins in the digestive tract, thinks they’re foreign invaders and mounts an attack… not just against the gluten, but also thedigestive wall itself.
This is the hallmark of celiac disease, a serious disease which may affect up to 1% of the population. However, there is evidence that a much larger percentage of people may be “sensitive” to gluten. They don’t have full-blown celiac disease, but they do have symptoms when they ingest gluten.
There are studies in people who don’t have celiac disease showing that gluten can damage the intestinal lining and cause symptoms like pain, anemia, bloating, stool inconsistency, tiredness, among others.
There is also evidence that gluten can make the lining of the intestine more permeable, potentially allowing partially digested substances to “leak” from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. Of course, it’s important to point out that not all people are sensitive to wheat. Some people appear to tolerate it just fine.
The best way to know if you’re sensitive to wheat and gluten is to eliminate it for 30 days, then reintroduce it and see if you notice any symptoms.
There is mounting evidence that a significant percentage of the population may be “sensitive” to gluten. Gluten sensitivity can cause various adverse effects.