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Posts Tagged ‘wheat’

Disease, Allergy, Intolerance – All Different

Posted by terrepruitt on November 10, 2011

Celiac disease is a chronic, hereditary, autoimmune digestive disorder characterized by a toxic reaction to gluten.  It is not a food allergy.  From Page 21 of the G Free Diet, by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and contaminated oats.

According to PubMedHealth:  “A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food. Symptoms usually begin immediately, within 2 hours after eating.”

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten.  (per PubMedHealth)

People that have celiac disease run the risk of being malnourished because their immune system could have damaged the villi in the intestines.  The villi absorb nutrients from our food.   This compromised digestive system can result in symptoms of stomach aches, bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, to name a few.

In addition to this disease and food allergies, there are food intolerances and different degrees of them.  An allergy will cause an immediate and severe reaction even if just a small amount is introduced to a person that is allergic.  The severity could be as much as life threatening.  An intolerance is more of a nuisance that will cause discomfort, but is–in general–less severe than an allergic reaction.

I have said it before, I love bread.  Have I said that before?  Anyway . . . sometimes my body is in such an icky state that I am to the point that I will give up bread if I have too.  But gluten is in so many things even if I give up bread I could end up in that state.  It is very tricky.  I am trying to figure out if it is just an intolerance.  It is so interesting.  It is so very difficult to distinguish.  It doesn’t help that I do have hay fever and the weather could be affecting me.

I have come to the conclusion that when we have a sunny day after a rainy day I am pretty much toast.  I am a sneezy-sniffling-congested-so-exhausted-I-might-as-well-stay-in-bed-because-I-am-so-miserable mess.  So it rains and I think, “Oh how nice the rain washing the world.”  Then the next sunny day even though I enjoy the beauty of the day I am wiped out.  Next time I will pay attention . . . thinking beforehand about what I eat and I will see if I don’t eat the foods that might cause “icky body” if that helps.

I do not think I have Celiac disease.  I don’t think I have a food allergy.  I do think that with all of the food combinations of GMOs and highly processed foods that I have developed some intolerances.  Some think (I agree with them) that wheat has been so hybridized that it is something our bodies cannot digest.  It is not the same wheat that out great-great-great-great grandparents ate.  Not even getting into GMO stuff, just the breeding of wheat makes it different from what it was.  That in combination with all the other stuff in our Western Diets.  I think the combination makes it difficult for the body to process.

There are many people who are “gluten-free” so there has to be something to it.  I just wanted to mention here the three different categories (if that is what they are called).  There is disease, allergies, and intolerance.  All different.  Sometimes with the same symptoms, but with different levels of severity and different levels of effects on one’s health.  Just interesting.  What do you think?

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WHOLE Grain Products

Posted by terrepruitt on July 18, 2009

You hear it, you know it, we need to be eating WHOLE grain. Ok, so, what does that mean? That means that “wheat flour”, “enriched wheat flour”, “multi-grain”, “100% wheat”, and anything other than WHOLE is not whole grain.

The whole grain is the bran; the outside of the grain where the fiber is, the endosperm; which is the starchy middle part of the grain, and the germ; the little “seed” part in the middle where the vitamins, minerals and some fat are.

I think it is easy to think of a whole “grain” of corn than wheat because most of us have seen a whole kernel of corn, but not all of us have seen wheat. So think of a kernel of corn (ya have to think of one because my attempts of taking pictures of them did not result in something “postable”), you have the outside which is the bright yellow, then the inside which is kind of whitish and liquid starchy, then you have that little bright yellow “seed”. That is the whole grain. So corn—including popcorn is a whole grain.

Items made with “wheat flour” are not. Even though it is wheat it not a whole grain, is has to say “whole” grain wheat flour or “whole” wheat flour. Multi-grain CAN be whole grain, but it would have to say whole grain. Otherwise it could be a bunch of grains that aren’t whole so you are not getting the benefits of the entire grain.

My bread, has whole grain flour (and bulgur wheat, which the MyPyramid.gov shows as a whole grain, but wiki says traditionally it is “de-branned”) as you can see:





My cereal has whole grain.





My crackers do not have whole grain, it just says wheat flour, which means they are made from some form of wheat as opposed to corn or rice . . . but it does not say “whole” so it is not whole wheat.


I think that products can be misleading, so if you are interested in getting whole grain read the list of ingredients not just the package that might say, “100% Wheat” or “10 Grain”. The ingredients has to list the flour used as whole grain.

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