More and more people are turning away from modern wheat and its products. Mainly because it’s linked to rising causes of obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses.
This cereal plant has been part of our diet for centuries. But, a lot of has changed in how it’s grown, processed and packaged, giving us what we now refer to as modern wheat.
What Has Changed?
Everything about this cereal grain has changed through a couple of technological revolutions. Before 1870, millers used stone mills to grind this cereal plant into flour. Although the work was taxing and the mass production was difficult to achieve, wheat flour was then consumed in its purest form.
Then, in the year 1870, came the steel roller mill. It was efficient and fast, and it allowed the separation of various components of wheat, thus producing white flour. This white flour stayed fresh for longer and with it, people never had to worry about pest problems, because the pests could not eat it.
Although white flour was now readily available and could be mass produced, white milling got rid of the parts of the grain kernel that are most nutritious. These are the germ, bran, shorts and red dog mill streams, all of which are rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and lipids.
Then came the 20th century and the green revolution was introduced. The green revolution involved developing genetically and biochemically engineered wheat, which could grow rapidly and produce high yields, so as to end world hunger. The green revolution was successful in producing high yields of this cereal plant that could grow extremely fast. This meant there was more wheat for everyone, at affordable costs. And, this is true to date.
What Makes Modern Wheat So Bad?
What we consume today is known as Franken-wheat. It is scientifically engineered, and so our bodies can neither recognize nor use it as food. Scientists link it to all kinds of inflammatory and digestive illnesses. Also, they link it to skin rash, hives, swelling, headaches, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, watery and itchy eyes.
It contains a substance known as gliadin, which fixes into your brain’s opiate receptors and stimulates appetite, causing you to consume more calories. No wonder obesity among wheat lovers is high.
The modern version of this product also contains super starch, called amylopectin A, which never existed in the regular grain. Because amylopectin is not real food, the body is not able to burn it and release energy, and therefore, it stores it as fat. This super starch is the reason why so many people today have problems with belly fat.
Also, it contains about three times the amount of gluten that was found in the traditional grain. The excess gluten is to immune disorders and inflammation.
Now that you know what is contained in modern wheat, it’s advisable that you consider taking more or the real foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and meats. If we are to mention just a few, olives and avocados are what we need to intake in our everyday diet. And, putting deliberate effort to consume whole grain products could also be helpful. But, make sure it’s the real deal and doesn’t just say so on the packaging.
You could also go on a gluten free diet, which many people seem to favor these days.