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Gluten-Free: Fad or Problem?



Are you one of the many people who are confused about gluten? Is gluten really a problem for so many of us, or is gluten-free simply a fad?

Fact:

Humans have been consuming wheat in one form or another for thousands of years. Governments and dieticians tell us whole wheat is part of a 'balanced diet'.

However:

Renowned neurologist Dr Perlmutter, author of The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, attributes the increase in neurological diseases to gluten and carbohydrates, labelling them 'your brain's silent killer'.

A few key things to bear in mind about gluten:

  • Wheat is not the same today as it was one-thousand, one-hundred, or even sixty years ago.

  • Wheat, in particular gluten, exists today in an over-processed, hybridisation form;

  • Whereas historically, grains were soaked, sprouted and fermented, and bread was baked using slow rise yeasts, today flour is bleached and bread is baked with quick rise yeast.

  • Modern wheat involves cross-breeding and crude genetic manipulation, which has changed the nutrient and protein composition of the plant.

  • Modern wheat contains more of the problematic glutens.

  • Compared to older wheat varieties, modern wheat has adverse effects on blood mineral content, cholesterol and inflammatory markers, potentially contributing to disease.

  • Common wheat-harvest protocol in the United States is to dredge wheat fields with Roundup several days before harvest.

  • Roundup contains the deadly active ingredient Glyphosate, which has been implicated in numerous health issues. [1]

Just because you have no gut-related symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a problem with gluten.

Fact:

More and more studies are showing that even those who believe they do not have a problem with gluten are actually experiencing life-depleting side effects from eating it without realising. In fact, in a recent study, five out of six people who believed they had no gluten related symptoms had inflammatory autoimmune blood proteins when exposed to gliadin (gluten). [2]

So:

The biggest problem with gluten is the number of people who are unaware that it is a problem. Just because you have no gut-related symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a problem with gluten. Did you know that the following symptoms are often due to gluten sensitivity?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • Muscle and joint aches

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Brain fog

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Low immunity

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Skin problems

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Adrenal fatigue

It is common to blame these symptoms on something else rather than considering gluten could be the cause or contributor.


TT's top tips on gluten

  • If you are not feeling well for any reason, try cutting out gluten for a few weeks and see how you feel.

  • Better still, get tested.

  • Be aware that even when testing negative for celiac disease, many people still have a gluten intolerance.

  • Gluten intolerance symptoms fall along a spectrum, with some people suffering more than others. Gluten sensitivity is not an 'all or nothing'.

  • Beware the new gluten-free, highly processed, highly-refined products, spiking blood sugar and insulin levels.

  • Look to buy gluten-free paleo breads such as Cru8 from Planet Organic, made from almonds, eggs, virgin coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, coconut flour and apple cider vinegar

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