- Why is Gluten a Problem? Any food, no matter how nutritious, can present a challenge for certain, susceptible people (or animals). With gluten, there are several ways that this can happen and for several diverse reasons. Let’s take a quick look at a few of them:
- Overuse: Over the past 100+ years wheat and gluten, due to their low-cost & relatively dense nutrient levels, have been added to almost every imaginable food product. Our bodies are not “meant” to consume so much of this grain-based protein and that leads to digestive & immunological reactions in many.
- Over-manipulated: The food industry & their food scientists have manipulated gluten crops (especially wheat) and the way these grains are processed. Over-hybridization, and more recently, genetic manipulation (GMO), has led to increasingly greater changes in the proteins & their structures, not to mention various other substances. Of course most of us have heard the old saying.. “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature” … bad stuff can happen.
- Abused: People en mass embraced all of these manipulations and happily consumed these highly-processed gluten grains in huge amounts. Of course this further stresses one’s digestive capacity & immune system which can lead to further health issues for many
Gluten is not the evil substance that so many make it out to be, at least not in my opinion. Rather it is simply just another of the many examples of humankind’s self abuse. We do love blaming our ills on something else, however, and gluten is a convenient scapegoat. This is not to belittle or deny the fact that MANY people do have pronounced health challenges associated with consuming gluten. We’ll address these issues coming up. Of course, we can’t include everything about gluten and going gluten-free in this short article so you may want to join our information site to get & stay better informed about gluten and a whole host of other important health topics.