The Flaming Vegan

A Vegan and Vegetarian Blogging Extravaganza

The Health Destroying Effects of Modern Wheat
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

The Health Destroying Effects of Modern Wheat

The health destroying effects of modern wheat are many and varied, so you may want to think twice before you wolf down your favorite pasta dish.

Wheat has been a staple crop for thousands of years, ever since the first wheat crops were cultivated in the upper Tigris/Euphrates at about 7500BC. This ancient natural wheat is often referred to as einkorn wheat or farro and only has two chromosomes unlike today’s hybridized wheat, which has five chromosomes, with all the attended bad health effects.

Wheat is Low in Mineral Content

Unlike the wheat varieties of old such as einkorn, the wheat of today is low in mineral content, with low levels zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, and selenium. The wheat in your bagel or pretzel is stunted and lacks the nutrient absorption abilities of its ancient ancestors.

Wheat Triggers Inflammation and Joint Pain

When you tuck into a pizza, pancake, or waffle you are likely to increase your risk of arthritis, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. It does not make that much difference whether the wheat flour is white flour or untreated, brown flour.

The gravies and Alfredo sauce for dinner could trigger a response from your immune system. Your body views wheat gluten is as a pathogen, and mounts a response causing inflammation of the joints and auto immune diseases.

Gluten in wheat increases the production of the protein zonulin, which damages the intestinal wall, allowing toxins to enter the blood stream, causing more inflammation. Damaged small intestines or a leaky gut causes malnutrition by reducing nutrient absorption.

Symptoms of wheat gluten intolerance and sensitivity are headaches, poor mental acuity, depression, ADHD-like behavior, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, and chronic fatigue.

Wheat is Addictive and Bad for Mental Health

When you cannot stay away form your favorite tortilla or potato chips, blame it on the addictive nature of wheat. The gluten exorphines in wheat attach to opiod receptors in your brain, giving you that temporary high. Wheat proteins are also implicated in different mental problems including schizophrenia, eating disorders, autism and much more.

Gluten proteins can enter the central nervous system and trigger many types of mental disorders. Wheat gluten has been implicated in autism, ADD and schizophrenia.. Evidence on glutens role in schizophrenia continues to mount.

Pesticides are used on most wheat harvested. Malathion is a neuro-toxin pesticide and is used on almost 50% of all wheat. The pesticide affects the hormone levels in our bodies.

Natural, non-hybridized wheat such as einkorn is a rich source of anti-oxidants and other minerals. However, suffers of celiac disease should remove gluten containing foods from their diet. In sufferers of celiac disease gluten protein damages the small intestines causing toxins to be released into the bloodstream and weak nutrient absorption.

More information on celiac disease can be found at : http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/

Picture is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. User:Bluemoose

Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly

Leave a Comment

  1. Vegan Sue
    I am wondering about the relation to my favorite meat substitute, Seitan which is wheat gluten. Can you tell me is this in the bad group or what is the difference? Thanks, Vegan Sue
    Log in to reply.
    1. Vin Chauhun
      Vin Chauhun
      Hi there Sue, Its wheat gluten, so in theory it should be bad for you. If , however, you use natural wheat like einkorn, then the bad effects could be drastically reduced. i suspect most wheat is of the bad variety , 5 chromosomes and more.
      Log in to reply.
  2. Giulia Simolo
    Giulia Simolo
    I am glad I gave up gluten! Great post!
    Log in to reply.
    1. Vin Chauhun
      Vin Chauhun
      Tanx Guilia. Gluten is bad stuff, and I am cutting back on my consumption of on all wheat products
      Log in to reply.
  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great blog Vin. Good to see you back here! I have just submitted another blog here which I am waiting to be moderated. This is eye-opening information - I knew wheat is not all that good for us but didn't know all this. Worrying....I am trying to cut down on it, if not give it up completely.
    Log in to reply.
    1. Vin Chauhun
      Vin Chauhun
      Howdy Veganara, Oh yes, its seriously bad stuff. The fella I work with, told me about an article he read about wheat. so I decided to Google "bad wheat". Lets face it, we were not designed to certain crops...:)
      Log in to reply.
      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Or not the modern versions of them anyway, from what your article says! As you say, wheat was probably not so health-damaging hundreds of years ago. Here is my latest for TFV by the way: http://www.theflamingvegan.com/view-post/Heaven-is-Home-made-Brazil-Nut-Butter. Do check it out if you have a chance, thanks! :-)
        Log in to reply.
        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          And congrats on Top Posts btw, deservedly so! I was sure you would get more TPs on here, if you carried on writing for them! :-)
          Log in to reply.
  4. VeganRaidersFan
    VeganRaidersFan
    Some people have a low gluten tolerance and/or have celiac disease. I do not. I am vegan, sorry Vin but I aint given up whole grains too. I tolerate them fine. I will be having pizza tonight. Thanks.
    Log in to reply.
    1. Vin Chauhun
      Vin Chauhun
      Hi VeganRaiderFan, No problem, as long there ain't any adverse health effects. I do have a reasonably good tolerance to wheat gluten, although when I did not eat any gluten foods for about three weeks I noticed I felt different. Lol...I certainly ain't giving up pizza also :)
      Log in to reply.
  5. JackieD
    Great post, have been slowly doing away with gluten products. Back to reading all the labels I thought were okay.
    Log in to reply.
    1. Vin Chauhun
      Vin Chauhun
      Tanx for your comment jackieD. I have stopped eating these "instant" foods, they are loaded with gluten (thickeners, etc)
      Log in to reply.

Explore

Connect with The Flaming Vegan

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.