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Food for Thought – This is Not Your Grandmother’s Wheat

Over the weekend I read a really interesting article by Dr. Mark Hyman called Three Hidden Ways Wheat is Making You Fat. At first I thought it was a weight loss article, then as I started to read it I thought maybe it was promoting the gluten-free diet, but by the time I was done and had some time to digest it, I realized that what I really took away from the article was something more.

Throughout the course of time, scientists and farmers have been working on ways to feed the masses more efficiently – to eliminate hunger, reduce malnutrition, and to keep food affordable. On one hand, they have done that, but on the other hand, the changes that have been made to our food supply are now making us sick!

According to Dr. Hyman:

“In fact, there are three major hidden reasons that wheat products, not just gluten (along with sugar in all its forms) is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and so many other modern ills.

This is why there are now 30 percent more obese than undernourished in the world, and why chronic lifestyle and dietary driven disease kills more than twice as many people as infectious disease globally. These non-communicable, chronic diseases will cost our global economy $47 trillion over the next 20 years.”

He goes on to explain that wheat, which is in everything from crackers to lipstick, parallels the chronic illnesses of society over time.

“The history of wheat parallels the history of chronic disease and obesity across the world. Supermarkets today contain walls of wheat and corn disguised in literally hundreds of thousands of different food-like products, or FrankenFoods. Each American now consumes about 55 pounds of wheat flour every year.

It is not just the amount but also the hidden components of wheat that drive weight gain and disease. This is not the wheat your great-grandmother used to bake her bread. It is FrankenWheat — a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years.”

I highly recommend you read the ENTIRE article Three Hidden Ways Wheat is Makes You Fat and then see what small changes in your family’s diet can be made. Personally, I am going to try removing wheat/gluten from my own diet and see what differences I notice over the next few weeks. Since the celiac gene is in our family, I have a feeling that removing the wheat may do my body a lot of good. I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, if you are looking for good sources for gluten free cooking and living gluten free, check out these blogs:

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