Removing Wheat From Our Diets

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A common part of most western based diets is wheat. It is in almost every meal we have such as cerals for breakfast, bread or wraps for lunch or bread included in dinner. Wheat is even recommended by many of the world’s government as an essential part of your daily intake.

Many of you would have heard of celiac disease. Essentially this is a gluten allergy and the only way to deal with it is to remove it from your diet, which means no bread or cerals etc. Though the problem is that this allergy is far more common than people suspect. In noticable cases about 1 in 133 people in America have this disease, but 1 in 22 people have it in a less noticable form, but it will cause complications and issues with you later in life. [1]  However this percentage is increasing as now there is more understanding of it and the detection rates are growing.

Humans for about 2.4 million years ate a diet of purely raw foods, it was not until 10,000 years ago until grains were introduced into our diets and back then at only a very low level. [2] With the recent rapid rise in the intake of grain it is unsure how our bodies would be able to cope with this.

Some symptoms that you may have an allergy to gluten / wheat are (note symptoms vary a lot between person which is what makes this disease so hard to determine): [1]

  • abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • weight loss
  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • bone loss or osteoporosis
  • depression or anxiety
  • tingling numbness in the hands and feet
  • seizures
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis

Wheat generally causes these symptoms by distrupting the intake of minerals and nutrients from the bowl and stomach into the blood stream.

So how would you remove wheat from the diet. Well when I try to remove something from my diet I find it almost impossible to stop 100% as when you go out, or over to other people’s houses it is in most of their food. But if you cut most of your intake you will still notice many health improvements.

What you can still have instead of wheat

  • Rice
  • Rice Flour
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes
  • Legumes
  • Corn
  • Tapioca
  • Seeds
  • Pasta made with rice flour
  • Gluten free breads

The list is extensive and it is very easy to remove wheat from your diet. So if you have any of the symptoms above, try removing wheat from your diet for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference. Even if you don’t have symptoms, try it anyway and see what difference it can make.

Now the only other concern is why does everyone push grain and wheat as an essential part of the diet. Whole grains by themselves and eaten raw contain a vast amount of nutrients and vitimans, but hardly any of that gets to us with the bread or ceral we eat, even wholemeal bread. Dietary fiber is the next thing that wheat is supposed to give us. It does give us dietary fiber but better sources include, vegetables, fruits, beans and seeds. [3] So wheat is not actually an essential part of our diet and can easily be removed and its benefits replaced with any number of things.

 References

[1] http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/ - Retrieved 2010-04-13

[2] http://www.celiac.com/articles/21582/1/Unglued-The-Sticky-Truth-About-Wheat-Dairy-Corn-and-Soy/Page1.html - Retrieved 2010-04-13

[3] http://www.expertfoods.com/FAQ/fiberhealth.php - Retrieved 2010-04-13

  • Christine Emmick

    Wheat is easy to remove from your diet if you were not rasied on processed foods. It took me years to adjust to my new diet and I still miss some of my comfort foods terribly. I’ve also removed dairy and soy, which makes this all the harder.
     
    However, there is many food manufacturers willing to fill this gap. Are they a good alternative? or will we later find out it is the processed food that was making us sick all along?

  • Christine Emmick

    Wheat is easy to remove from your diet if you were not rasied on processed foods. It took me years to adjust to my new diet and I still miss some of my comfort foods terribly. I’ve also removed dairy and soy, which makes this all the harder.
     
    However, there is many food manufacturers willing to fill this gap. Are they a good alternative? or will we later find out it is the processed food that was making us sick all along?

  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    Christine, you might enjoy http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

    I’ve found that the blogger there has managed to replace most of my comfort foods with some delicious substitutes – she also blogs about soy and dairy free recipes.

  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    Christine, you might enjoy http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

    I’ve found that the blogger there has managed to replace most of my comfort foods with some delicious substitutes – she also blogs about soy and dairy free recipes.