So, what is the deal with gluten? Is it the same as wheat? Isn’t whole wheat good for you? Do I HAVE to avoid it? If I avoid it, what the heck do I eat???
Gluten is a sticky protein found in wheat and related grains. It helps breads rise and have a fluffy texture that we have all come to love. Unfortunately, it is also highly inflammatory.
Gluten is a bit of a buzz-word lately, but there’s a reason for that.
You’re right in that we have been eating grains for a long time relative to human history, but it’s more the amount of gluten in our SAD (Standard American Diet) and the processing of the food prior to consumption that is the problem than the actual food itself – the quality.
If you think about it, we eat gluten at almost every meal! What’s for breakfast? Cereal (gluten), pancakes (gluten), waffles (gluten), toast (gluten)… Lunch? Sandwiches (gluten in the bread), hamburgers (gluten in the bun)… Snacks? pretzels (gluten), crackers (gluten). Dinner? Pasta (gluten), tacos (gluten in the wheat tortillas), pizza (gluten crust), etc…
It’s really just too much of something that is highly processed and difficult to digest.
Over time, eating foods that are not easy to digest will lead to allergies and sensitivities.
People can go for YEARS without having any noticeable problem digesting gluten-laden foods. Over time, there will be some bodily changes that can happen due to gluten’s effect in our bodies. These changes can include:
- build-up of “gunk” in our digestive system, including intestines and gall bladder
- weakening of the thyroid gland
- weight gain
- skin problems (eczema, acne, skin fungus)
- bloating and gas
- joint pain, even arthritis
Q: So why is every restaurant and food in America full of gluten if it’s so bad for us???
Q: Why is it so bad for us?
- CELIAC DISEASE or
- CHRON’S DISEASE
avoid gluten at all costs. Unless you’re really into having flare-ups and intense abdominal pain.
If you have these other condition, consider avoiding gluten 80-90% of the time. Because it’s probably underlying the problem. You will probably feel much better without it.
- Low Thyroid
- Gall Bladder Problems
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Eczema or Psoriasis
- Chronic Sinusitis