Bread and similar wheat products are ubiquitous throughout much of the world. For many years, the USDA's food pyramid recommended 11 servings of grains and grain products. However, modern wheat is very different from the wheat our ancestors ate.
The proportion of gluten protein in wheat has enormously increased as a result of hybridization. Until the 19th century, wheat was also usually mixed with other grains, beans and nuts; pure wheat flour has been milled into refined white flour only during the last 200 years.
The resulting high-gluten, refined grain diet most of us have eaten since infancy has created health problems in the gut, the bloodstream, the brain, and sometimes also the joints, cardiovascular system and endocrine system.
"Gluten" comes from the Greek word for glue, and its adhesive properties hold bread and cake together. But those same properties interfere with the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, including the nutrients from other foods in the same meal. The result is a worthless, glued-together constipating lump in the gut rather than a nutritious meal.At worst, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and cancer can result from severe celiac disease or extreme gluten sensitivity. But there are many others who suffer from unexplained diarrhea, intestinal gas and bloating, joint pains, infertility or brain fog.
My first book was "The No-Grain Diet." I hated the title (but had little choice as it couldn't be changed) because I do not believe everyone should avoid grains -- but it is my observation that 75 percent of people benefit from avoiding grains.
Yes, even whole sprouted grains.
Nearly all people with the following problems should limit or avoid grains:
This is because the grains typically break down to sugar relatively rapidly causing rises in insulin that exacerbate all of the above problems. The only consistent exceptions would be those whose nutritional typing is a carb type.
Your body might tolerate bread's innate toxicity (that constipating lump in your stomach). But on the other hand, you may have celiac disease -- a serious condition far more prevalent than many "experts" believe. Fortunately, that condition can be treated easily by eliminating gluten and most grains from your daily diet.
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