Wheat, What’s Up With It?

August 19, 2012

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SoyWheatVitE2011-10-12_0856Eating 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.
Pat Moon

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1 Angela June 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

Pat, I loved this post.  I actually grind my own wheat and make my own bread.  I started doing this a few years ago.  I have a hand grinder and we do it once a week as a family.  I buy wheat in bulk and then we always have it on hand.  It makes a huge difference for my family not only eating healthy but keeps the cost of bread way down.

2 Pat Moon June 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm


How great that you have found the way to eating more healthy by grinding your own wheat! I used to purchase it in bulk but have stopped now that my husband and I pretty much only eat the sprouted grain bread and not a lot of that. I would be doing what you are doing if I had children at home. I love that you are involving the whole family in the project of grinding the wheat. ..And, yes, it saves a ton of money on the grocery bill.

Thanks for visiting.


3 Yetunde June 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hi Pat

Thanks for sharing this. I do agree that the probllem might be the other elements that are added to the wheat.

As as child, we ate bread, biscuits, cakes an dother wheta p[roducts and we were fine.

Nowadays, I find that if I eat bread, I feel bloated, stop eating bread for a while and my stomach deflates. I have been on a raw food diet for three years now and I feel great. Anytime I "stray" to the bread bin, I suffer for it.

4 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi Yetunde,

The discomfort you experience when eating bread is an indication you are deficient in digestive hydrochlorlic acid and enzymes. This often happens as we grow older, unfortunately as our bodies natural production of these digestive acids and enzymes slow down. When you top that with the over processing of foods, there is a real problem. There are excellent supplements that will help with supplying the nutrients we need for good digestion.

I also suggest supplementation with the lipids and sterols that are processed out of our grains. This allows us to be able to take on nutrients and get rid of toxins so as to have healthier cells. Healthier cells means more energy and better health.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on the things I am sharing about the things I’ve learned.


5 Helena Bowers June 17, 2013 at 3:16 am

Thanks for all the info Pat! I gave up eating wheat and wheat products completely earlier this year. I think you are right that it's the quality of the wheat now… there's just nothing left good in the stuff we buy at the supermarket.

6 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi Helena,

Giving up wheat is a big deal so I congratulate you. That is not easy to do.

The main reason I supplement with quality supplements is to reduce the risk of being deficient in important nutrients that are essential to good health. I certainly advocate anyone who eats no wheat and/or very few grains to supplement with the lipids & sterols found in Tre-en-en so their cells will be healthy enough to take on nutrients and get rid of toxins.

Thanks for your great comment.


7 Yvonne June 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I think it's all about the amount. I eat wheat, have sugar in my coffee and a drink here and there…but I don't overdo it.

8 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Hi Yvonne,

Amount has a great deal to do with food intolerances. Of course there are other factors but not overdoing any food choices is very important. You are very wise.

Thanks for commenting.

Things I’ve learned and am sharing.


9 Sharon O'Day June 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Pat, seems you've stirred up a hornet's nest with this topic, raising so much interest in the comments.  Wheat has really brought home the whole issue of what we used to eat so readily becoming a problem for so many.  I love the amount of information you were able to provide … yet your ability to not add a layer of judgment so your readers could come to their own conclusions.  Thanks for that!

10 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hi Sharon,

Yes, wheat issues are huge. It is mainly the gluten people are intolerant to and that is for several reasons but the main one being poor digestion. Poor digestion can than be brought about by many things with poor food choices/availability and lifestyle habits being primary. When an over abundance of wheat/gluten containing foods are eaten our systems become overloaded and then those foods become toxic. It is a huge reason good supplementation is needed in our modern world.

I appreciate your visit and contribution.

Things I have learned.


11 Robin Strohmaier June 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

What an educational article, Pat! It is a shame that so many of the food available today have been altered. I have a family member as well that was diagnosed with wheat allergy after suffered from hives. I appreciate you insights on this.

12 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hi Robin,

Thank you for visiting and reading my article.

I’m sorry to hear about your family member with the wheat allergy. It is possible if they addressed possible digestive issues they would be able to introduce wheat in a limited fashion without problems. Meanwhile it would be good if they supplemented with Tre-en-en so as to get the essential lipids and sterols that are so important to the healthy function of the cells in taking on nutrition and getting rid of toxins.

Sharing things I have learned,


13 Sue Glashower June 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Very informative article Pat! It's so sad that so many of our foods are no longer the way they were made to be. It's no wonder we have so many health issues facing us today!

14 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hi Sue,

Yes, it is sad so many changes have taken place with our food supply. It would be so wonderful if we could go to the future by going back to small farms so we could eat more naturally rather than being dependent on so much processing and preserving as well as the big corporate farms that use all the chemicals, etc.

It is no wonder there are many health issues facing us today!

Thanks for contributing to my post.


15 Jessica Stone June 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

As someone who has been eating a gluten-free lifestyle for about 6 years now, I can relate to this topic.  I actually learned something new.  It's interesting to combine what you said here with what my daughter's gastroenterologist said about her Celiac diagnosis and gluten intolerance – he said it's not actually an allergy like many people think, it's a autoimmune issue.  The body actually starts attacking gluten like a foreign, toxic substance that's entered the body.  If left unchecked and not maintained properly, continuation of eating gluten when you have a serious intolerance can lead to other, worse conditions, such as lymphoma.  Very, very interesting topic.  I love finding out new things – one thing I hadn't considered was adding in the essential oils from wheat that my family's been missing.  Thanks for a great article!

16 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for sharing what your daughter’s gastroenterologist said about Celiac being an autoimmune issue that can lead to other more serious issues. When our bodies do not have the tools to process even important nutrients it can lead to other problems by being toxic. You have been wise to use the discipline.. it does take a tremendous amount of discipline along with knowledge.. to eat gluten free.

You are also wise to consider supplementing with the essential lipids and sterols (the essential oils) that you and your family are missing. My suggestion would be supplementing with Tre-en-en for those of you who can swallow pills. For those who need liquid form, supplement with Liqui-Vite. These supplements are unique to Neo-Life. There are imposters but Neo-Life is the real deal.

By the way, supplementing with these important processed out lipids & sterols (gluten free) is at the cornerstone of protecting against autoimmune issues. My recent post about arthritis is also about autoimmune diseases.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


17 Carolyn Hughes June 14, 2013 at 5:18 am

It's shocking how much of our food is tampered with and stripped of all the goodness. Thank you for helping me think more about what I eat!

18 Pat Moon June 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm


I am so happy to hear that my blogs are helping you think more about what you eat. That is one of my purposes. I love sharing the things I have learned.


19 marvia June 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm


So glad to have read this post.  I've been wondering about wheat and if I should remove it from my diet – that would be extreme, but what I'd really like to know is how to make healthier wheat choices that are easy and practical.  I wish I knew how to grind my own flour but that sounds like quie teh undertaking.  Thoughts?

20 Pat Moon June 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hi Marvia,

You asked about healthier wheat choices. Basically what we do is eat very little bread and/or wheat products. On a normal routine basis I eat one slice of sprouted grain bread (available at health food stores – Trader’s Joe’s usually has the best prices) daily. Maybe a couple days a week I will eat a sprouted grain tortilla. We went through the phase of grinding our own grains with our Vita Mixer but only do that now for special occasions when we need to use flour/grain for special baking. Cakes, pies, cookies are only for special occasions at our house. We feel much better… this is mainly because the gluten is difficult for most people to digest. The sprouted grains are much easier on the digestive system.

What we do to guarantee we are getting all the essential nutrients from grain is we supplement with Tre-en-en/Formula IV+. Here is a link to part 1 of a 2 part article I wrote a while back on grains https://bestrealhealth.com/health-nutrition-aging-refining-grains/ and here is the link to the second part https://bestrealhealth.com/health-nutrition-aging-refining-grains-part-ii/

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21 Elizabeth Maness June 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The fact that we rarely eat much food that is still alive is what's wring with out stomaches I'm afraid! Thanks for reminding me about what's up with the wheat and glutton issue today! I know grains are good for us!..;)

22 Pat Moon June 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi, Elizabeth

You are correct, so much of our food no longer has the natural enzymes to help in the digestion process which in turn sets us up for food allergies and such. Grains are good for us but unfortunately so many people eat too many grains especially in the over processed stage.

23 Susan Deborah Schiller June 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

You bring some really great information here, Pat! I began baking my own whole wheat bread a few months ago, refining the recipe until it worked for me. I don't use any white flour, just oats and wheat. I add Lecithin, guar gum, and ascorbic acid to make it fluffier and less crumbly.

Thankfully, I live in Montana so the brand name "Wheat Montana" is known for it's certified, organic and non-GMO quality. My next step is to get the wheat berries and grind my own flour. I find if I have more than 2 slices a day that my digestive system doesn't like it very well, but 1-2 slices a day actually seems to help.

I've been drinking raw apple cider vinegar (with mother) so get extra enzymes and I'm in the process of learning to make Kombucha tea so that we can inexpensively have both enzymes and probiotics. It takes trial and error, in my experience, to find what works best for you… and what your  budget can handle.

I love your stories, Pat, of the upbringing you had on a family farm. I can't think of anything more wholesome than that!

24 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm


You are very ambitious to do the experimenting with the wheat berries you are grinding. Not many people do that in this day and age. Your digestive system probably complains because of the gluten in the bread when you eat more than 2 slices. It is wise to listen to your body and stop at 2 slices because eating more than that could cause a gluten intolerance. Something you might want to experiment with is sprouting the wheat berries and making the bread from the sprouted grain. I am not positive of this but I believe I have heard that the gluten in the wheat is not a problem when it is sprouted. I am not as ambitious as you to bake our bread so we purchase organic sprouted grain bread from the local health food store. I eat one slice a day. It is very nutritious and healthy.

My mother has drank raw apple cider vinegar and raw unfiltered honey in a cup of warm water every morning. She has done that for years. I used to do it but somehow stopped. I should probably start again.

We take 3 acidipholus tablets a week and then a couple times a year do a series of taking them every day for a couple weeks after going thru a detox program. We also supplement with a plant based enzyme. Of course, we also supplement with Tre-en-en so we get the essential grain oils for healthy cells.

Yes, I was brought up in a very wholesome way. Glad you enjoy my stories.

25 Daniele Holmberg June 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

This was a very interesting read for me because my brother in law and one of my good friends are gluten intoleran.t You bring up good points I never would have though of on my own about how products have changed over the years, such as wheat having natural oils removed from it. Thank you for the educational information!

26 Moira Hutchison June 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

Great article here Pat… this is an area that people need to be educated in.  I believe that the reason we are seeing so much more wheat and gluten intolerance is that our bodies were not designed to digest the modifations that have been made to the genetic structure of wheat… also – wheat is *snuck* into many products that don't actually need in (in my opinion).  I am wheat intolerant and although I generally avoid wheat products – I really enjoy a piece of sprouted grain bread toast!

27 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Moira,

Sprouted grain breads are so much healthier as it is much more easily digested. I take the Tre-en-en supplement just to be assured I get the essential nutrients from the grains in my daily diet. Grains are so processed and stripped of their original qualities yet our bodies still need those nutrients.

28 MamaRed June 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

You know, this one was quite interesting, especially since I've got a family member with wheat and dairy issues (plus a bit with corn too). And you touched on one of my biggie questions: if wheat has been a staple for so long, what the heck!

29 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hi Mama Red,

I am happy to answer one of your biggie questions. Wheat has been considered ‘the staff of life’ for ages.

30 Anita June 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

Love the informative article on wheat. Thank you, many od my questions were answered!

31 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Anita, so glad many of your questions were answered. That is what I am all about.. sharing things I have learned.

32 Leslie Ferris June 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for this.  I didn't know about the oils being stripped away in the wheat refining system.  Makes a lot of sense that something like you are talking about has to be going on, because there has to be a reason why everyone all of a sudden is allergic to wheat, after it has been used throughout the ages! Thanks for sharing this!

33 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hi Leslie,

The stripping away of the oils is exactly why I supplement with Tre-en-en.

34 Marie Leslie June 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Great explanation of many of the issues surrounding wheat and wheat products. The more I study and research, the happier I am that we are able to store and grind much of our wheat, ensuring that our family is eating a quality food product.

35 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Marie, you are wise to grind your own wheat. At least you are not processing out the natural essential oils in the wheat.

36 Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com June 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Fascinating! As always, Pat, full of great research explained in an easy-to-understand manner so as to make embracing your suggestions something one wants to do immediately!

37 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Lisa, the sooner we embrace healthy changes to our nutrient intake, the better for our long-term health.

38 Alexandra McAllister June 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for all the great info, Pat. In the good old days, we ate whatever we wanted and didn't get sick.  Things certainly have changed.  Thank goodness I don't have any allergies although I do watch what I eat and take natural products which have helped me improve my health. 🙂

39 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hi Alexandra. Oh, wouldn’t it be good to go back to the good old days when our food was not changed into strange, foreign objects our bodies do not know what to do with?

40 Carla J Gardiner June 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

GMO foods are likely the cause of many allergies and diseases. If we don't stop purchasing these foods, use the information available to shop wisely we are doomed. Thanks Pat for another very helpful post.

41 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Carla, you are right in that we, as consumers need to rebel against eating GMO foods. Long term consequences of consumption of GMO foods are unknown but common sense tells us they cannot be healthy. Of course, food processing also destroys a good part of the natural nutrients in food or changes them to the point we cannot absorb  and utilize them.

42 Carl Mason-Liebenberg June 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I hear it all the time…"My grandfather ate…and to be 95 and was not sick a day in his life…"…what grandpa ate may be caled the same, but as you have well noted, it is not the same by any measure. And I am convithat issues like this and lactose intolerance would virtually vanish if the sources were authentic!

43 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Carl, Amen to what you are saying. I am also convinced that food alergies and intolerances would go away if we only ate food as God created it. Instead a large percentage of food people consume has been processed to some extent so it is no wonder they are difficult to digest and cause health related issues.

44 Barbara Becker June 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

Great post Pat. I'm sending you love!! Although I don't have allergies to food or anything, I understand people may have challenges with wheat. Interesting my homeopathic physician shared with me there has been research done on the wheat products in America, where they found a chemical substance in all wheat products that causes addiction, similar to opiates. This could be why some people are finding getting off wheat a challenge. However, I find there are healing modalities that can reverse this situation. 

45 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Barbara, you mentioned that your homeopathic physician shared with you about there being some concern about a chemical substance in wheat that can cause addiction similar to opiates. We have known for years that sugar addiction is actually more addicting than opium and high consumption of sugar in children can lead to drug addictions later in life. Wheat does have carbohydrate qualities which converts to fructose which is a form of sugar so that does make sense. I believe wheat to be very essential for life but as a general rule we consume way too much in the form of processed grain products.

46 Roslyn Tanner Evans June 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

Great post about wheat. I have wondered what the fuss was about & now I think I got it. I love grains (some of them wheat based) & believe eatting in a balanced way is prpbably best for us. I don't like eliminating this or that but choose in moderation to keep my carb intake a bit lower than when I was younger & could run it off.

47 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Roslyn, I agree that for the most part we need food from all the food groups. Otherwise, why did God give us those particular foods if their nutrient qualities are not benefical. Of course the problem is that we have been guilty of not eating those foods in their natural state. In other words with all the processing of these foods we have destroyed many of the benefits.

48 Angie M Jordan June 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

Wow, thanks for educating me lol. I didn't know pretty much any of that. I don't think eliminating wheat completely is key to a healthier lifestyle, it's like all things, moderation is the key. But it is also good to cleanse every once in a while not just because of wheat, but for all the toxins that build up in our body from eating various foods. Just my take on it. 

49 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Angie, you are correct. It is important to do a cleanse occasionally to give our system a chance to heal and reboot to get rid of toxins we have not been able to avoid.

50 Oluwaseun Babajide June 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

A good read. I agree with all your points. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


51 Pat Moon June 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Oluwaseum, I am so happy to meet you. I believe this is the first time I have seen you here on my site. Welcome! I appreciate your visit and supportive comment.

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