A recent report showed that 70 to 80 percent of people experience some form of digestive distress, over one-quarter are obese and one-third of American adults are prediabetic and 90 percent don't know it. And while people like to blame all of this on wheat, many food scientists do not agree.
Although the standard diet—which includes processed wheat—is likely responsible for these health concerns, there is also plenty of science that links a diet rich in whole grains including whole wheat to weight loss, better digestion, and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet is still revered as one of the healthiest diets on the planet and is replete with whole grains and wheat. The centenarians (folks over 100) who live in the Blue Zones eat a nonprocessed whole food diet, once again, rich in whole grains and wheat.
So, why are so many people having trouble digesting wheat? That's just it…they aren't digesting it! Many who are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young but are currently having trouble. Somewhere along the line, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. Here's what to do about it: