Gluten free? A fad?
There has been A LOT of online drama circulating the internet about the so-called gluten-free 'fad'. Countless Facebook posts, Tweets, YouTube videos and articles have been surfacing with so-called 'scientific proof' on faulty research concerning the ever growing trend of a gluten-free lifestyle. Celebrities have even been weighing in on the matter calling it nothing short of bull&^%. Well, I am here to set the record straight whether you are celiac disease prone or not.
Modern wheat, despite all the genetic alterations to modify hundreds, if not thousands, of its genetically determined characteristics, made its way to the worldwide human food supply with nary a question surrounding its suitability for human consumption. Essentially, wheat products elevate blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate, from beans to candy bars. There is NO nutrient in wheat that you can’t get from other foods in even greater amounts. Simple as that. I can get into more detail but for the sake of everyone's attention span I kept it short and sweet.
"Americans have become helpless WHEATAHOLICS with per capita annual consumption of wheat products (white and wheat bread, durum pasta) having increased by twenty-six pounds since 1970."
-William Davis, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Pepper & Rye is a gluten-free and mostly grain-free blog. (Ironic right? Since 'Rye' is a grain? Oh the irony of it all.) I stand by the fact that wheat is an unnecessary part of our daily food consumption and food pyramid. My body is a living testament of a before and after subject.
When did we become a society that turned so negative and judgmental about other people's dietary preferences? "I can't believe you don't eat cheese! That's crazy" or "Wow, I could never live without pizza, I don't know how you do it". Listen up grumpy people far and wide: Everyone has their own reasons for cutting certain foods out of their daily diet. It isn't your job to question them or 'save' them from being a vegan or eating gluten-free or practicing a paleo lifestyle. The last thing we need to do as a society is make someone feel inadequate about their personal diet preference or sensitivity. I charge you to work on accepting people for who they are and what they eat and get past all this judgmental unnecessary fluff.