Its used to categorize things that are bad…
Alright, let’s get real. The battle of Gluten vs the World has gotten a little out of hand. It is really hard to have grown up with the USDA Food Pyramid and believe the “6-11 Servings of Grains” can possibly be bad for you. I say we stop living in the rear view mirror. We don’t allow smoking on a plane anymore, gays have the right to get married. unprotected sex with multiple partners can lead to HIV, and yes…in 1992 the USDA put out some really bad advice on nutrition. I enjoy pizza, wings and beer as much as anyone, but it is absolutely clear Gluten is something to be very mindful of. Eliminating it from your diet will likely make you significantly heather.
Grains are fairly low in nutrients compared to other real foods like vegetables. They are also rich in a substance called phytic acid which binds essential minerals in the intestine and prevents them from being absorbed.
The most common grain in the western diet, by far, is wheat… and wheat can cause a host of health problems, both minor and serious. Modern wheat contains a large amount of a protein called gluten, but there is evidence that a significant portion of the population may be sensitive to it.
Eating gluten can damage the intestinal lining, cause pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and tiredness. Gluten consumption has also been associated with schizophrenia and cerebellar ataxia, both serious disorders of the brain.
From the Experts:
Bottom Line: Grains are relatively low in nutrients compared to other real foods like vegetables. The gluten grains in particular may lead to a variety of health problems.