Here are a few of mine -
1. Eating wheat products makes you FAT
- Nothing could be further from the truth. Americans eating a crappy diet packed with CAFO meats, huge amounts of HFCS and just an all around nutrient poor diet seem to gain weight, but the wheat has little to do with it. Many other cultures, Japanese and northern Chinese for example, as a whole consume 8 times more wheat than Americans and have 3 to 5% obesity rates. With USA being 60 to 68% overweight and 30% obese, it ain't the wheat we eat.
- Wow. actually this is based on a report published on PubMed, part of the NCBI library that claims to have shown that "in vitro" intestinal cells increased permeability when exposed to free gliadin. Permeability is a whole lot different than leaky gut. In fact there are no medical diseases, symptoms, or anything that could be construed as "Leaky Gut" in any medical texts or lists of diagnosis possible. It only exists in the books and websites of pseudo experts wanting to sell you THEIR crap. Actually, if your intestinal fluid gets into your bloodstream, you generally die, and pretty quickly.
- I'm not sure where this one started, but three fourths of the world population exists on a basic whole grain diet. For most of the world, meat is a very small part of the standard diet and sugar, processed grains, HFCS and pretty much anything in the Western diet; is unheard of. Study after study has found that consuming REAL whole grains (not Cheerios) promotes normal leptin and insulin functions. The only time that it doesn't is when someone wants to sell you something, and generally that's books, supplements and website weekly diet/recipe plans.
- This one is complex and a bit hard to understand, but here goes a try at it. Wheat is Hexaploid, meaning that there are six copies of the seven chromosomes. Humans are Diploid, we have two copies of 23 chromosomes. The current cultivated varieties have been interbreed and crossed with other, closely related species of grasses for several thousand years to increase yield, hardiness and disease resistance. Some of the things that occur during cross breeding of simpler species of life forms, like wheat, is that during the process, instead of taking just the gametes, or the separate male/female chromosomes to make a new hybrid, the simpler structure of the genome allows for the crossed embryo to have both sets of chromosomes from the parent plants. You do this enough times, you get a larger number of chromosomes. It DOES NOT make the offspring hybrid inherently bad. Nature has naturally done this to many many species of plants, some mushrooms have over a thousand chromosomes. Current research at Cold Springs Harbor Labs who have taken on the task of mapping the genome of wheat, shows us that the genome is about five times more complex than humans, but that of the 17 Gb of nucleotide base pairs most are duplicates and it is a positive thing as it has allowed viability of the hybridization since so many hybrid programs on many plants end up in infertile offspring. For those internet salesmen attempting to get us to believe that multiple sets of chromosomes are bad, I think they should read a book on basic biology, a good sixty percent of the plant world has them.
- This is a very similar diagnosis to "Leaky Gut Syndrome" in that it doesn't exist, and is a made up symptom of people wanting to sell you books, supplements and diet plans. Gluten Sensitivity testing involves not eating any gluten products for several weeks, then going out and having some fast food crap and if your stomach hurts, then you should never eat wheat products ever again. Wow, no one has ever questioned this logic before and I can't understand why. First off, to verify sensitivity to a particular food item, you need to eat a pure version of the food. And that does not include store bought commercial bread products and ESPECIALLY not anything from a fast food place. All that crap is packed with toxic preservatives, binders, bleaching agents and enhancers along with MSG in one form or another. How would you know if you were sensitive to gluten or crap? Secondly, well, it's just stupid.
- You would be right if you thought that