Eating wheat seems to be taboo. Is this just a fad or is wheat really not healthy? What’s the deal with wheat?
The news is filled with people saying how wonderful they feel after eliminating wheat from their diet. Books are being written about how bad wheat is for your health. People are gluten intolerant. What is going on?
When I was growing up my mother made biscuits every morning for breakfast. We often had corn bread for supper which had flour (wheat) in it. Every Saturday my mother made 3 to 4 loaves of yeast bread, a huge pan of buns (hot rolls), and often as a treat a big pan of cinnamon rolls. I can still smell that bread baking. Oh, the cinnamon rolls with all that cinnamon, sugar, and fresh churned butter bring back yummy memories.
Now everyone is saying I can’t have any of those delicious foods. They may make me obese, I might become a diabetic or have a heart attack, I may have very uncomfortable digestion, and on and on.
Bread has been a staple food for centuries and centuries. We have used the term “bread and butter” in reference to making a living. “Breaking bread” is what we do when we share a meal in fellowship. The children of Israel were sustained by manna from heaven… “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.”(John 6:31) Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”(John 6:35) Wheat has even been referred to as ‘The Staff of Life’ which implies it can sustain life.
Years ago mothers were told if their children have plenty of whole wheat bread and milk they didn’t have to worry… they had good nutrition. Wheat contains nutrients the body needs to maintain health.
Typically bread is made from wheat but often other grains are combined with wheat or even used alone. Modern technology is at the root of the problem with bread. As people moved to cities from the farm there was a demand for grain to be ground ahead of time but spoilage occurred because of the natural oils in the grain. The natural oils caused the flour to become rancid very quickly after being ground. This is a long story but to make it short, the flour mills started removing the natural oils from the wheat and other grains in order to have a longer shelf life for the flour. Over the years other nutrients have been removed to provide an even longer shelf life for the flour.
Basically what this has meant is the flour that is used to make most of our bread today is totally dead of nutrients. Oh, they have added a few synthetic vitamins back in so they can call it enriched flour… I call it enriched dead flour. This is one thing that has happened to wheat and our bread… it can no longer be a sustainer of life unless we grind our own grain and make our own flour baking it right away.
A more recent development has happened to our wheat. That is GMO or GE (genetically modified wheat). The seeds are modified to make the plants resistant to weed killing poisons as well as chemicals to make the plants grow faster and produce more yield. This is all in the name of more cash for the big companies producing the weed killers, fertilizers, seeds, etc. Many seeds are now hybrid which means they will not reproduce. This makes it more expensive for the farmers because they cannot save seeds for next year’s crop.
What does this all mean for our health?
Removal of the essential oils of wheat means the oils are not available to make our cell membranes soft and pliable so as to allow the cells to take on nutrition and eliminate toxins. Of course, this can mean we can end up malnourished or have a buildup of toxins, causing chronic fatigue, immune dysfunction, allergies, etc. This is probably (in my opinion) one of the reasons, people end up with celiac disease (gluten intolerance).
When we eat GMO wheat products we are very likely to end up with chemical sensitivities and other allergies. My question is also… has the nutrient quality of the wheat been compromised with these modifications?
Our modern diets promote digestive problems, especially food allergies and gluten intolerance. Eliminating one thing such as iced, carbonated drinks would go a long way to improving the digestive system.
There is no wonder people feel better when they eliminate wheat products from their diets but is that really the answer? Are they missing important nutrients they need to stay healthy?
So what do you do about this wheat problem? Yes, you can stop eating wheat to give your body a chance to heal. That could be a good thing especially for a short time but you do need the essential oils to give your body the tools for complete healing.
Supplement with a quality supplement of the essential oils from wheat (without gluten) that will allow you to benefit from the food you do eat. You will be able to take on more nutrients and be assured of eliminating toxins thus building your immune system. You will be amazed how much more energy you have simply by getting those essential, life-sustaining oils from wheat in your diet.
If you are suffering from allergies or gluten intolerance; supplement with quality digestive aids such as hydrochloric acid, enzymes, and acidophilus. These digestive aids will give your digestive tract an opportunity to heal as well as break down and utilize the food you eat.
Of course, when you do eat wheat or grain, try to eat it as close to unprocessed as possible and from unmodified wheat. Also moderation is a key in not developing unhealthy reactions to the wheat including gluten. All the processing of grains and GMO changes are at the core of unhealthy reactions to wheat.
So is eating wheat really taboo? Is wheat really not healthy? Let me know your thoughts and experiences with wheat.
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Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and gramma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This gramma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process. The products Pat has personally used since 1985 are featured at www.bestrealhealth.gnld.net.
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