To Wheat Or Not To Wheat?

Men's Health |

Gluten intolerance can be more a psychological problem than a physiological one. Although gluten has been blamed for many health woes in society like bloating and other gut problems to headaches, joint pain and fatigue the evidence for it is weak. The only people that should be cutting wheat out of their diet are those that are allergic to it or because they have an autoimmune disorder called coeliac disease.

Of course you are entitled to eat whatever you please and by cutting out wheat from your diet in the forms of white bread, cake and beer will help, as it does with any other diet. It is about eating healthy and the notions of how wheat has become this culprit in the widespread epidemic of self-diagnosed gluten intolerance is somewhat a passing fad.

For example, take Novak Djokovic during 2011 when he began his 41-game winning streak, taking three of the four grand slams and shocked the tennis community because he was normally known to be physically fragile. Apparently his secret was that his nutritionist diagnosed him as gluten intolerant and began to cut wheat from his diet. Djokovic said he instantly felt fresher, sharper and more energetic and began to recommend everyone give it up. This cemented the idea of wheat being bad in everyone’s mind. That by cutting it out from your diet will produce miraculous results. This though is not true.

As mentioned earlier there are a few people who suffer from wheat allergies and coeliac disease. The people with coeliac disease are warned against the risks that their diet could be deficient in key nutrients. Gluten-free products are often short on fibre and very high on sugar and by cutting it out completely from your diet can become complicated, inconvenient and expensive. It boils down to speculation because how can a staple food that has been around for centuries suddenly become this bad product for so many.

The fad will pass as do many food crazes and eventually something else will take its place because the popular factors about these diets has more to do with the psychological aspects rather than our physical ones. People follow high-status individuals like sheep. They are prone to magical thinking that one ingredient is the cause to everything and are assuming that natural is inherently good like the palaeo human diet for example. The gluten-free fad has taken a bit of each of those.

Rather stick to the diets closer to the truth like eating your greens and cutting down on fat. Don’t be a sheep stuck in the wheat less field.

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