The Government-Industrial Food Complex Wheat

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Posted in category Food Politics

Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Wheat Belly,” has published a great article on Boing Boing about modern wheat.

Note that I said “modern” wheat, because I would argue that what we are being sold today in the form of whole grain bread, raisin bagels, blueberry muffins, pizza, ciabatta, bruschetta, and so on is not the same grain our grandparents grew up on. It’s not even close.

…The gluten proteins in modern wheat, for instance, differ from the gluten proteins found in wheat as recently as 1960. This likely explains why the incidence of celiac disease, the devastating intestinal condition caused by gluten, has quadrupled in the past 40 years. Furthermore, a whole range of inflammatory diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease, are also on the rise. Humans haven’t changed — but the wheat we consume has changed considerably.

The Heart Scan Blog is the blog of Dr. Davis, where he often discusses wheat as the modern opiate that, instead of making us high, makes us hungry. It’s funny how often I have these conversations with friends, acquaintances, and co-workers who all tell me that, no matter how hard they try, they can’t kick their addiction to carbs/bread/wheat. My conversations with people on this topic are epidemic. Thanks to Graham Dugas for the link.

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