In Defense of Grains – Gluten Free May Not be Best for You

In Defense of Grains – Gluten Free May Not be Best for You

In Defense of Grains: Why Gluten Free May Not Be Best for Everyone

While wheat is highly modified genetically, and cause digestive problems for a lot of people, this may not be a reason to go gluten free.

With all the buzz going around about the gluten-free diet it would be easy to assume that a large portion of the population has a gluten allergy.

But here are the facts: only a small percentage of people benefit from removing gluten, and “these are the estimated 1 to 2 percent of people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease and the 0.2 to 0.4 percent who suffers from wheat allergy.”

Are you surprised by how small those numbers are? I sure was!

So what about the rest of us, the “98%,” who don’t have any known allergies to gluten? Should we buy into the gluten-free campaign?

As one author writes,

the truth is, the gluten-free movement has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Despite what’s written in fear-mongering books like “Grain Brain” and “Wheat Belly”, for most of the population there is no reason to go 100% gluten-free.

Along with the other items on this list of reasons why you should NOT eliminate gluten, many grains do NOT contain gluten.

Wheat seems to be a particularly toxic grain for many of us, as we know it is a product of significant genetic modification.

Many other grains, when eaten whole, or from an organic source, may have NO GLUTEN whatsoever and may be tolerated by our bodies much differently. In fact, “whole-grain complex carbohydrates are the most efficient fuel for the body and provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, fiber, and protein.”

Before you give up grains, think twice about whether or not it’s really necessary and what your motivation is. There may be a lot of benefit to keeping grains in your diet after all!

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