Open Your Eyes - Big Business and the Government Fuels Your Addiction to Wheat
Information and Theories 1/8/13
By: Sarah Wilson
Big business is constantly trying to cut corners that compromise the quality of products (and our health) just to line their pockets with more money. They latch onto a concept and run it (and you) right into the ground. Let's take the wheat industry and the urgency most Americans feel to increase their consumption of 'whole grains.' You can't pick up a cereal box or loaf of bread without seeing 'whole grain' plastered across the packaging. It makes you feel that you need this ingredient to stay healthy, but the real truth is that the wheat you eat today is not the wheat of thousands of years agoâ€¦
Today, wheat and wheat products are highly processed and manipulated by science and agribusinesses. To make matters worse, the agencies put in place to regulate arenâ€™t really worried about coming down on agribusiness and their products. The USDA and FDA have continuously overlooked the fact that agribusinesses make changes to many different components of crops, while companies turn around and sell by-products to grocery stores and consumers without thinking twice. Grains, especially wheat, are at the top of the list. Wheat is a prime candidate for hybridization, which means a vast range of wheat strains are created. Each and every time this happens, the proteins of the wheat become altered.
The wheat products sold in your grocery are not the healthy foods they appear to be. In the eyes of those who are aware of the damaging effects of wheat on the body â€“ the wheat used to make such products should not be suitable for human consumptionâ€¦should not even be considered food.
Sometimes, non-wheat grasses are paired with wheat to produce different strains that also create unique genes. Today, it is not uncommon to learn that many different techniques are used to develop modern strains of wheat. Sometimes, they use various chemicals, gamma rays, or high doses of x-rays in order to create mutations. Do you really want to eat something that has been 'mutated?' Some of the techniques used to make the wheat of today are considered worse than any genetic modification we could ever dream of. If you're looking to eliminate genetically-modified foods (GMOs) from your diet â€“ wheat looks like the right place to start.
Why does big business want to shove wheat and wheat products into your body? Alongside soy and corn, wheat is one of the primary crops grown in the United States. Wheat is also inexpensive.
Wheat is also found in much more than just bread, crackers, cereals, and processed foods. Traces of wheat are in soy sauce, marinades, salad dressings, breaded chicken meals, and even your seasonings, such as garlic and onion powder. Just look at various ingredient lists the next time you're at the grocery store, and you will see. It could just be the culprit behind your health issues.
People with gluten sensitivities or those who overdose on wheat often experience gastrointestinal problems, weight fluctuations, mood swings, joint pain, headaches, anemia, acne, and autoimmune conditions. Many people who have cut wheat from their diet have experienced little or no symptoms as a result. However, big business is not quick to embrace these results because it hurts their pockets.
Today, an increasing number of people in America are finding they are sensitive to wheat and gluten â€“ leading to medically prescribed changes in their diet. According to the according to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, about 6% of the American population can't even tolerate gluten. The rest of the population can experience side effects when they eat more of their fair share of wheat and gluten. There are healthier grains to consider instead of depending on wheat-based products, such as quinoa, rice, and millet.