Wheat - a brief overview

Field of wheat with pretty purple and blue editing of colours

Just a note on wheat. Wheat is a grain. A carbohydrate. Lately it has received A LOT of negative press. There's lots of good articles out there that go into the reasons why.

Wheat as we know it today is very different when compared to its ancient relatives. Ancient wheat, spelt and kamut. Wheat is produced on a mass scale. It grows fast and stores indefinitely as wheat berries. It's great for increasing the profit margin! At a cost of course. Chemicals are used to protect wheat in storage. In addition to the chemicals that are used to establish, nourish and protect the growing wheat grass!

If wheat is stored in such massive silos this can only mean one thing! Mass consumption! It's in evvvvvverything! Australian's are eating wheat in their breakfast, lunch and tea! Not to mention snacks and drinks! The trouble with consuming too much wheat is predominately due to its protein, namely gluten. When consumed in significant amounts, even for a healthy person, gluten can cause digestive upset, inflammation and poor immunity. The gluten found in wheat behaves similar to glue! It's very sticky. Have you ever made bread or cookies and noted how sticky the dough can be? It's this glue that upsets the gut wall. Oh, and have I already mentioned that wheat today contains a heck of a lot more gluten than its ancient counterparts?!? Bakers LOVE it!

Digestive complaints? I highly recommend that you avoid wheat. Go gluten-free for a while, a year at least! Your gut will thank you :)

Now to all of you who have a healthy digestive system - hopefully enjoying a high amount of wholesome carbohydrate foods! Go for organic wheat. It is far superior to conventional wheat. Similar to ancient wheat actually. Much less gluten. To finish up I want to leave you with all the other reasons why ORGANIC wheat is a preferred option. It's..

  • Not irradiated
  • No synthetic pesticides
  • No synthetic fertilizers
  • No irrigation with repurposed run-off water
  • Organic food products are not genetically modified and must be certified GMO-free by a third party
  • Produced by smaller farms

Rotate your grains too. Be creative! Enjoy the beautiful variety we have when it comes to grains! Try spelt, rye, oat, millet, rice, barley, kamut, quinoa, buckwheat, sorghum, teff.. :)