Gluten is a protein found in the endosperm of wheat. All grains are a relatively recent addition to the human diet, having become an integral part of our meals with the invention of agriculture. It is no surprise that this comparatively modern food may contribute to states of disease for some individuals. For many, adopting a gluten-free diet is a sacrifice for greater health and well-being.
Today, most people are eating way too many Omega-6 fatty acids. At the same time, consumption of animal foods high in Omega-3 is the lowest it has ever been. A distorted ratio of these polyunsaturated fatty acids may be one of the most damaging aspects of the Western diet.
A protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye, gluten is the substance that makes most breads stretchy and elastic. As the name indicates, this gluten protein acts as a kind of “glue” to hold the bread together. And while gluten is great for making baked goods taste yummy, it is the only protein that is completely unable to be digested by the human body.
Studies reveal modern food processing techniques and additives cause food to become more allergenic and create or contribute to intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and generalized inflammation involving histamine, mast cells and more.