Why do people love bread so much? There is something about bread that is so special that people can’t help but love it. You’re about to find out that there is a big push to get everyone on this planet to eat more grains.
The problem is that we’re already eating too many grains. There’s a new term I want to introduce to you called “health washing.” Health washing is a term to describe giving certain claims to foods that are not necessarily true.
Everywhere you look, the grains are natural, they’re wholesome. But the problem is that most of these studies are surveys, they’re questionnaires, they’re not peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled clinical trials. And if they are, they’re industry sponsored studies. The point is that when we’re continually told to consume 6 to 11 servings of grains as our foundation for our diet, one half of them being whole grains, the other can be refined grains, that’s a tremendous amount of carbohydrates that are introduced to our diet.
Today I’m going to discuss just one little aspect of bread: Gluten
What is Gluten?
Gluten is the protein found in many grains, especially wheat. “Gluten” is a term used to describe the various proteins within this category, one of which is called gliadin derived opioid peptide. This protein can create an opioid effect, mimicking morphine to a certain degree. Opioids have many effects, one of which is increasing endorphins. Unfortunately, opioids are also highly addictive, as we are seeing with the current opiate addiction and synthetic opioids crisis around the world.
What are Endorphins?
Endorphins are internal body chemicals that make us feel good and can help decrease pain. Our bodies make endorphins, but there is also another term called exorphins. Exorphins are endorphins that can be triggered by food. When you consume certain things, it creates an endorphin effect. Therefore, you like bread so much. Bread stimulates endorphins and gives you a euphoric feeling. It can also stimulate appetite, which is why restaurants serve you bread before your meal. The reason people love this bread is because it’s altering our chemistry and increasing our endorphins.
Some People Develop Celiac Disease
The problem with celiac disease is that it is often accompanied by other conditions like gluten intolerance, inflammation of the gut, and eventual atrophy of the villi in the small intestine. Celiac disease is very hard to diagnose unless you do a biopsy.
I Don’t Have Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease
You may not think that consuming bread has any effect on your health if you don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. However, even if you don’t have any digestive symptoms, the damage is still being done at a gut level. This can lead to other problems down the road, even if you don’t experience any symptoms immediately. I want to expand your awareness of some other potential symptoms that may be connected to consuming bread.
Studies have shown that eating bread can affect your mental state in several ways. First, it can create symptoms like ADD, depression, anxiety, and even autism.
What is Leaky Gut?
You’ve probably heard of leaky gut – it’s a condition where holes form in the gut due to inflammation. This is caused by the high amount of Omega-6 fatty acids in bread and grains. In other words, there are 22 times more Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3, which leads to a lot of inflammation and eventual damage to the intestine. This malabsorption of nutrients can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as well as a host of other problems.
Why Can I Eat Bread in Other Countries?
Eating bread is a common symptom of insomnia, which can lead to fatigue. You may also experience brain fog, and anemia. Digestive problems like GERD, severe acid reflux, headaches, and migraines can also occur. Sometimes, when people eat grains in certain countries, they don’t experience the same bloating as they would in America. This is because the fermentation process in other countries breaks down the gluten protein, whereas in America, bread is only fermented for a short amount of time, retaining the gluten.
Do Not Eat Bread or Grains for One Week
Over the years, we’ve hybridized different grains to have more gluten, which is one additional problem. There are also problems when you enrich or fortify these flower products, especially bread, with synthetic vitamins and iron. A lot of people react to that as well.
The point I’m trying to make is that I’m just taking one aspect of grains – gluten – but there are a lot of other additional problems as well. I think even when people go off grains and they start the ketogenic plan, one huge reason why they might even feel so much better is the abstinence from eating these grains that eliminates a lot of the inflammation that is going on in the gut and then all the associated symptoms.
I want to challenge you to just avoid eating bread, for one week. In fact, avoid all grains for one week and just see how you feel. Then the next week go back to eating bread and grains and see how you feel. And then compare these two and then decide whether it’s worth it or not.