In a recent report, 70-80 percent of Americans are experiencing some form of digestive distress, while one-third are obese and more than 100 million adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many like to blame all of this on wheat, many food scientists do not agree.
While the standard American diet for non-celiacs includes processed wheat, and are likely responsible for these health concerns, there is also plenty of science that links a diet rich in whole grains including whole wheat to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet is still revered as one of the healthiest diets on the planet, and is replete with whole grains and wheat. The centenarians (folks over 100) who live in the Blue Zones eat a non-processed whole food diet, once again, rich in whole grains and wheat.
So, why are so many Americans having trouble digesting wheat? That’s just it… They are not digesting it! Many who are gluten sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young, but are currently having trouble. Somewhere along the line, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. [Read more…]