Is Gluten-Free the Answer?


| 11/2/2016 9:16:00 AM


Tags: bread baking, wheat, food allergies, gluten free, nutrition, Sue Van Slooten, Ontario, Canada,

 

Humans have been eating wheat and its variants (triticale, among others) for millions of years — at least 3.4 million, to be exact. But in the last 20 years or so, a sizable portion of North Americans say they can’t eat it. What happened?

As an anthropologist, this always puzzled me, as humans, or any animal or plant for that matter, does not naturally mutate that quickly. I concluded it had to be GMOs or antibiotics, but in the last few months, I even began to question those, not that they are good for us.

Impact of Processed Foods On Our Digestive Tracts

It’s like a puzzle, with half the pieces missing. Now, the key word here is naturally. What we’ve done to our digestive systems eating modern highly processed and commercially produced products may play a huge part. The path towards ever-more processed, chemically adulterated, highly unnatural “food” started shortly after World War II, and has continued to advance at an alarming rate.

This brings us to now, with evidence coming out recently questioning whether we really need to eat gluten free, unless of course, we have Celiac Disease. That is a very serious disease indeed for the folks who suffer from it, and wheat should be avoided at all cost. But what about the rest of us?  




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