Everything. We don’t mean that in a dramatic way- but in all reality, wheat isn’t what it used to be therefore it no longer serves us. The agriculture industry has changed the growth of wheat so drastically that the molecular level is now completely different than what it was when God put it on this Earth. Bummer right? All wheat is made up of gluten which is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape. It often gives the final product a gummy or chewy texture. Gluten is also used in cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations.
Studies have found that 40% of people can NOT process gluten and 60% could be in harms way of a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. We know you’re thinking “how can I give up pasta night?”, but the list of negative side affects of gluten is longer than you can count on both hands.
If “bread is your crack”, consider that wheat digestions yields polypeptides that possess the ability to cross into the brain and bind to opiate receptors. So basically, gluten sends a message to your brain much like a drug would. This is why you may feel so dependent on certain foods or crave bread and pastas. The good news is that there are plenty of gluten free alternatives that are delicious AND nutritious for your pasta night or sandwiches. We encourage you to schedule a nutrition consultation for a thorough evaluation with Dr. Allison and learn how to remove gluten from your lifestyle and replace them with healthier options. You can also check out our Facebook page for gluten-free recipes!