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Is Gluten Really the Culprit!

Before anyone gets upset with what I am inferring in my title, I want to share some findings with you.

With years and years of people eating wheat, many have asked why, all of a sudden, are so many people have serious problems with it.  Some are convinced that wheat is genetically modified (GMO wheat is not legally grown in the US at this time).  Others feel that the hybridization of wheat is the problem. Here is another theory:  Wheat is full of pesticides that are slowly killing us! Following are excerpts from a Report written Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist:

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.
Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms.

Is Gluten Really the Culprit!

In a nutshell, Dr. Seneff’s study of Roundup’s ghastly glyphosate which the wheat crop in the United States is doused with uncovers the manner in which this lethal toxin harms the human body by decimating beneficial gut microbes with the tragic end result of disease, degeneration, and widespread suffering.
 Personally, I find the chart very disturbing.  It is obvious that the incidents of gluten sensitive/celiac issues is increasing as pesticide use is increasing.  But is there a firm correlation?  The author and the study she sites in her article think there is!!

In my case, I am sensitive to BOTH wheat and gluten, so it is a non issue for me.  But it does pose an interesting theory in light of our overuse of pesticides on our crops.

I suggest you read the article(s) and form your own opinion.  And share with us what you think!!

Foods Containing Gluten

Gluten seems to be hiding everywhere — if you are trying to avoid it!  The biggest surprise I received after finding out I was gluten intolerant (surprise #1) was that SO MANY processed foods contain gluten (surprise #2).  I felt like I needed to be a chemist to figure out what Foods Contained Gluten.

If you are new to this phenomenon, let me help you out with the basics.  Gluten is in the following grains:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Hybrids of wheat and other grains, including orzo, panko, bulgur, durham, farina, graham flour, kamut, semolina, matzo meal, spelt and triticale (according to National Foundation for Celiac Awareness)

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Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have included below a list of articles that are very informative on the subject.  I even found some that applied to dairy as well as gluten.

My best suggestion is if you are unsure if it has gluten or not, DON’T EAT IT! (And of course, that goes for dairy or anything else you may be allergic to or would rather not eat for any reason.)