Is Modern Wheat Unhealthy?

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We, Indians cannot imagine life without wheat. Food would be oooh so boring without roti, paranthas especially stuffed paranthas..yummmmm ! I am sure you would be by now drooling the way I am πŸ˜› .

The sad part of the story is that modern wheat is the most debatable food subject in the world right now. There are some people who call “whole wheat” as healthy and indispensable element of balanced diet. On the other hand, there are a lot of people who term wheat as slow poison that damages our body.

We have been consuming wheat since centuries or perhaps since the time humanity was born. Wheat is an inherent part of our diet. So what changed ?

What made a good lot of population overweight or obese?

What created so many lifestyle diseases like diabetes ?

Will it make sense if I said Wheat is the culprit ? The modern wheat that causes obesity and a lot of other lifestyle diseases is not the same as old good wheat that our ancestors thrived on.

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Is Modern Wheat Unhealthy?

Bluntly, the answer is YES, in CAPS ! Let’s see why !

Modern Wheat is Genetically Modified

Back in the past, we consumed wheat varieties likeΒ  Einkorn , Emmer and Kamut. In the 1960’s, wheat was made to cross breed resulting in high yield dwarf wheat that we eat today. So, the wheat that we use is genetically modified.. meaning not natural !

Dwarf wheat obviously has a greater yield and is cheaper. Its nutrients also are different from those in good old wheat. Magnesium ,Copper, Iron , Zinc, Selenium and Magnesium in Wheat have been continuously degrading year by year.

Modern Wheat is Processed, yesssss you read it right !

The agriculture and technology revolution affected grain processing also, not sure if in a better way ! It brought new techniques that made it possible to grow wheat in high yield for a low cost !

The wheat flour that we eat today, is bleached. No good old methods of soaking, sprouting and fermentation are used in today’s grain processing.

Modern Wheat Worsens Gluten Intolerance

Have you heard about gluten intolerance, read it here. When people with gluten intolerance eat wheat, the gut lining suffers and issues like inflammation and bad digestion become a daily chore ! Modern wheat is the main reason why gluten intolerance has become a common disease ! Today’s wheat has been found to affect cholesterol levels as well.

Its so sad that the feeling of eating health food while eating rotis is just a MYTH !

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I know a lot of you would be shocked to know about modern wheat ! I will be happy to answer your queries … as always !

Take Care

Good Night !

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14 COMMENTS

  1. hey Tarun.. I Usualy buy wheat as such dry it under sun and get it ground at mill.
    I dont buy packet atta but rather dry the whole wheat and get it ground.. so is this also harmful>?

    • Dee unfortunately no brand mentions the wheat breed that they use . They just cheat on people like us who think we are spending on healthy food !

  2. I’m glad I came across this article. I was amazed to discover how wheat (gluten) can be unhealthy… Recently my stomach complaints magnified and I am sure that I might have developed gluten or lactose intolerance … I feel I may be intolerant to gluten coz I dint have as many complaints back in India where my gluten consumption was moderate. Gluten is not only in wheat, rye and barley but everywhere, in chocolates, kellogs, sausages etc. Specially packed food is not good at all.
    I have made a conscious decision to avoid gluten and eat only home cooked meals (very difficult for me) and see if my stomach health improves…
    hopefully will upload gluten free recipes on this blog.
    P.S sorry for the long comment

  3. A month back, I suffered with IBS. Because of that I switched to jowar and rice and I felt much better.
    Now whenever I try wheat chapati, even if once a day, I feel indigestion and fatigue.

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