If you haven't found a good enough reason not to be participating in some sort of gardening program or taking charge over your own bread eating habits, then perhaps this may change your mind.
Let's start out with a few reasonable questions to get the ball rolling. First, is this huge rage over the Gluten Free Diet just another fad? Might it be a clue that there might be a real problem or is it really all fiction?
Second, what is all the fuss over gluten anyway, specifically wheat gluten? Wheat is suppose to be a healthy food choice as a whole grain, right? That is what I grew up learning and it appears it is what is still taught according to the food pyramid. The biggest part of the chart (what we are suppose to eat the most of) is made up of things like whole grains, rice, breads, crackers and cereal. It is basically all about the carbohydrates.
So thirdly, let's ask why so many people are resorting to low carbohydrate diets and less gluten's that many of our whole grains consist of?
The fact is people are getting sick. They are getting very sick! Many have developed a total intolerance to wheat. Some are affected by obesity, which of course leads to another whole set of health problems, like diabetes for one. For others the development of serious allergies, many which are life threatening have become overwhelming. Many other people have developed serious organ and intestinal problems and then there is cancer of the Colon and many more aliments of which I could not possibly list all of them.
The bottom line is that everything you see on that chart that is suppose to be healthy for you is no longer what it once was. Because of years in developing genetically modified grains we are left with eating something that does not come close to what it was originally.
If you haven't tried to understand what all the talk is about over GMO's, then perhaps it is time to do so. In a study that was done by the Mayo Clinic shows that since the 1950's a serious life threatening disease called Celiac, caused from gluten intolerance's is four times more common. This is a disease that you just never heard about before and now it seems that everyone is learning about it.
Why is this happening? Here is another article written by Doctor Mark Hyman that explains it much better than I can, since I am primarily a gardener and not a Doctor. Everyone needs to do their own research, but the fact is simple for me. I believe we were meant to eat foods in there natural state. To do other wise we are looking at something science created, considered a Frankenwheat by many.. It contains a Super Starch -- amylopectin A that is super fattening. It also contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory and it contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more. There are many more links to follow in this research written by many professionals.
So why am I embracing my bread? Because I make my own by the things I grow in my garden. The many seeds, herbs fruits and vegetables I grow are totally organic and non gmo. . We've been gradually incorporating more non gmo grains as well. When I must make my purchase of whole grains that I have not grown, I purchase organic, unbleached and non gmo flours.
Something else to understand is that non gmo grain crops are becoming extinct. The non gmo corn we grow is rare and endangered. The tritacale we grow (which is a cross between wheat and rye) was cross bred by nature and totally non gmo. The sunflowers and the amaranth, all non gmo and designed to benefit the garden as well as our bodies. It is in the pasta I make, the bread, the muffins and the tortillas.
Anything that will grow well in your area should by all means be in your garden. If you can't grow a garden I suggest that you quickly get involved in a community garden and help preserve our heirlooms. Because from what I have learned, once you become intolerant to wheat gluten, it doesn't matter if you eat non gmo or not. The DNA structure in your body has changed from the GMO's and will reject all gluten as a foreign substance. So as the good Doctor has stated, eat good carbs, not no carbs.
I suppose it has been in our nature from the beginning of man to run away from a problem instead of facing it head on. I suppose the root of that instinct stems from our imperfections as human beings. As long as there is good and evil in our world our decision process is somewhat like the branches on a tree. We tend to favor the new buds and find hope as they unfold into the promise of something new.
It is when we discover that the mesmerizing beauty of the birth of that innocent new flower reveals itself to us we find that its youth contains no wisdom. To find the wisdom we have to trace our thoughts down along the stem until we reach its roots. It is in the roots where the foundation of wisdom is grounded in rich and fertile soil.