It Ain’t Moses’ Wheat

Wheat field and blue sky with white clouds

Today’s wheat isn’t Moses’ wheat.

It’s not even your great-grandmother’s wheat.

Modern wheat is a far cry from what our ancestors ate.

So even though we read about bread falling out of the sky in the Bible, it’s important to know that today’s bread doesn’t at all resemble the heavenly provision given to Moses and the gang. There are several reasons why modern wheat is problematic to health. Here are the main culprits.

Gliadin:

Gliadin is a gluten protein found in wheat. The amino acid profile of gliadin changed when the wheat plant was structurally transformed in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This has contributed to the increase in diagnosis of Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disease where the body attacks it’s own gut lining) and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (which includes a wide range of issues like allergies, headaches, joint pain, brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, skin disorders, digestive issues and many more).

Gliadin is also a compound that acts like an opiate. It can trigger an “addictive” response that stimulates appetite and/or induces behavioral and emotional issues. Gliadin can make you crave wheat like a drug addict might crave heroin. We see this a lot in kids who only want to eat bread, cereal, pasta and sweets which can also coincide with behavior and focus problems.

Amylase-Trypsin Inhibitors (ATIs):

ATIs are a group of non-glutinous proteins that are digestive enzyme inhibitors. Digestive enzymes help us break down our food. ATIs inhibit this process which can lead to gut inflammation and may actually be the cause of the Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity symptoms people experience (even though ATIs are not in the gluten family). ATIs are much more prevalent in modern wheat than ancient varieties.

Wheat Germ Agglutinin:

This is an indigestible protein in wheat that can be toxic to the small intestine and may block leptin (the hormone that tells you you’re full and to stop eating!).

Glyphosate:

Glyphosate is an herbicide used on many crops in the United States. The residue of this toxic chemical has been found in many of our modern foods, including wheat. Constant exposure to glyphosate can lead to cancer, gut dysbiosis and systemic toxicity.

In addition to all of these issues, wheat is a major culprit in blood sugar dysregulation. There is no significant nutritional benefit to keeping wheat in your diet, yet it can have profound benefits when you keep it out. If you’ve never done a wheat/gluten free challenge, it could be a health gamechanger for you. Contact me if you’d like nutritional guidance through a gluten-free challenge.

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