Loaf Lie #3: “If You Don’t Have a Problem with Gluten, You Don’t Have a Problem with Wheat”
Most people are aware that a little protein in wheat can cause BIG problems for some people.
For those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity (two completely different conditions), even a small amount of gluten can cause serious digestive problems… systemic inflammation… autoimmune disease… and the list goes on.
At least 300 health-related issues have been linked to gluten.
But here’s the thing…
Gluten is a REAL Problem…
But the Problem is NOT Just Gluten!
Most doctors (mistakenly) believe that any problems with wheat are problems with gluten. In other words, if you don’t have a problem with gluten… you don’t have a problem.
However, the protein we call “gluten” actually consists of hundreds of smaller compounds. Any ONE of these could trigger an inflammatory or immune response.
And that’s not even a fraction of the whole story, because…
According to a study published in Plant Physiology, modern wheat is capable of producing at least 23,788 unique proteins!
This would explain the studies where people have shown a severe reaction to wheat – and no reaction at all to gluten itself, even in high doses.
The problem is that conventional lab testing looks for just two antibodies related to gluten.
If you test negative for these two, most doctors will give you a clean bill of health – and probably tell you that any symptoms you’re experiencing are “all in your head.”
But science has found numerous compounds in grains – besides gluten – which can cause serious long-term health issues…
The Powerful Chemical in Wheat That Protects it from Being Eaten
Unlike animals, plants cannot escape being eaten. That’s why many plants have defenses to discourage predation. Thorns on a cactus are an obvious example.
But wheat and grains have defenses too, including compounds which can deprive you of vital nutrients and slowly leak out toxic effects. (This is called a HINT!)
One of these is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA).
Studies show that WGA can have direct toxic effects on most tissues in your body, including the heart and brain.In fact, it enters the brain so easily that scientists are hopeful it can be used to deliver Alzheimer’s drugs.
Like gluten, WGA can also disrupt your hormonal system, weaken immunity, cause digestive problems and promote systemic inflammation (the cornerstone of degenerative disease).
And the highest concentrations of it are found in whole grains – including supposedly “healthy” sprouted grains!
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