“After a while the young man sat up and looked at the heavens, at the twinkling white stars, and then away across the shadows of round hills in the dusk. …The dreaming hills with their precious rustling wheat meant more than even a spirit could tell. Where had the wheat come from that had seeded these fields? Whence the first and original seeds, and where were the sowers? Back in the ages! The stars, the night, the dark blue of heaven hid the secret in their impenetrableness. Beyond them surely was the answer, and perhaps peace.”
—Zane Grey, The Desert of Wheat (1919) From the book: Harvest Heritage by: Richard D. Scheuerman and Alexander C. McGregor
This brief introduction to a recent article I wrote has everything to do with the love affair that we have all in one way or another been embracing. What is that love affair? It’s our total conviction that we must exclude gluten by simply giving up bread of every kind regardless that we are not true gluten-free candidates. We have indeed been sold a bill of goods by many well meaning doctors, and yes, even holistic practitioners, articles, blogs and all sorts of gluten-free foods sources! Now becoming a billion dollar industry!
The grand proof that we have at last found the answer to almost every health problem by going gluten free lays in the fact that in both commercial and health food stores shelf after shelf groans under the weight bearing gluten-free foods to appease even those that have never been bothered by eating gluten, failing to understand that they are still getting plenty of gluten from other sources. One of the reasons a diet completely free of gluten is so challenging is that gluten is present in many processed foods, not just those whose main ingredient is wheat, barley, or rye. Just a few of these include frozen vegetables, sauces, soy sauce, many foods made with “natural flavorings,” vitamin and mineral supplements, some medications, and even toothpaste. Do we really understand the implications of this gluten-free craze?
Finding myself slowly migrating in that direction, I came to an abrupt stop, and after a very long six months of studying this new diet craze, I took it upon myself to write a full-length article for the Weston A. Price Foundation and invite you to take the time to read it here: “Rethinking the Gluten Free Craze.”
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