People that don’t have Celiac Disease can still have an intolerance to gluten?
Whole wheat is just as bad as white bread?!
There are yoga mat CHEMICALS in Subway’s bread?!!
If you haven’t heard about gluten in the news lately, you may be living under a rock. Gluten, and food additives in general, seem to be rampant in just about every news outlet around. Is it as bad as they say? Do you feel for your beloved bread, wondering if all of the news is just hype?
Perhaps you're on the other side of the coin, and agree that gluten can have a serious impact on your health. Maybe you’ve noticed how whole wheat seems to create serious digestion issues, or how ingesting gluten can cause you to feel inflamed…and, well, crappy.
If you are one of those people, I'm here to tell you that you are awesome for taking control of your health and for listening to your body. People everywhere are waking up to the fact that the industrialized food complex has wreaked havoc on the way we grow, produce, and distribute food to our citizens. Inherently, this affects the way we grow and manufacture our wheat. And, yes…it is affecting our health.
Let's take a step back in time. Ever heard of the term "ancient grains"? Our ancestors were certainly able to digest grains and bread. So why can't we? Ancient grains like spelt (wheat flour), barley, kamut, teff, amaranth, and quinoa are natural with a rich history from around the world and contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We've done a huge disservice to our land by taking wheat, "modernizing" it, and splicing it with DNA so that it's pesticide resistant. The end result is a bread product that's not even edible, and sold to stores under the guise of a "health food.” Due to the decades of cross-breeding and hybridization (to generate high-yield crops), today’s bread has been deemed Frankenwheat. Seems rather appropriate to me!
Remember the big push for whole grains? It was a marketing ploy...we’ve all been duped. We bought it hook, line, and sinker, and now we are suffering the detrimental ramifications with symptoms such as IBS, food sensitivities, and inflammation.
Instead of the food industry taking responsibility for what has happened to the health of Americans, they blame everything on us as consumers. We are miseducated and swirling around in this world of health information that is deceptive, inaccurate and steered by food marketers.
The truth is, it's not your fault. It's a warfare waged on our bodies driven by profit. Gluten sensitivity is now being referred to as gluten toxicity. Let's be real here. If the gluten is the real problem, why is the language about this issue making us and our bodies the victim?
Sadly, gluten is only one of the issues we are dealing with when it comes to food and misinformation. I’m so happy that there are people like Vani Hari, a blogger that calls herself the Food Babe, taking a stand. The Food Babe just blew the cover off of the USDA and FDA regulations allowing a material called azodicarbodimide, (I am in no way going to refer to it as an ingredient), found in yoga mats and shoe soles in the bread from Subway. After Vani got 90,000+ signatures on a petition to stop Subway from using this chemical in their bread, they listened, although they claim they were taking the chemical out prior the press. Up to you whether you believe that or not…
What can you do? Check out this post by The Food Babe on what to watch out for in your bread choices, and which ones to choose. You can have your sandwich, and eat it too…just make informed choices!