Welcome to this edition of Food-for-Thought Wednesday! The topic for today’s cogitation is modern wheat. I was surprised to learn about how very different it is from the heritage wheat of our ancestors and how problematic these differences are. I’ve heard it said that we’ve been eating wheat for generations, so what could the problem be? Like GMO’s and prescription drugs, modern wheat is new to the scene, and as with them, there are problems. So without further ado, I present Dr. Hyman’s excellent explanation of the differences and the ways modern wheat is making us fat:
Here is the big-picture situation as I understand it (sourced from Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M.D.):
– Obesity rates have increased dramatically since the high carb/low fat diet was drummed into our heads as being so very healthy by our government and the medical establishment
– Rising obesity rates have resulted in a concomitant increase in diabetes and other chronic diseases
– It has been shown that as body weight increases, our brain size decreases
So in a nutshell: the high carb/low fat diet, in addition to the other wonders in our food, have made us fatter, sicker and dumber?? In other words, perfect sources of continuing revenue for Big Food and Big Pharma? Well that’s just supercalafragilisticexpialadocious!
Okay, seriously, this is messed up. Needless to say, it’s up to us to take charge of our health and reject this faulty dietary advice, which is still being given! I have referenced Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M.D. several times, and will do so again, because I now believe this is imperative reading. He busts the myth of the high carb/low fat diet and addresses the benefits of the low carb/high fat diet in detail. For the love of all that is holy, read this book! You won’t regret it. 🙂