Whatever it is you’ve known about the supposed health benefits of whole wheat, it might be high time to fuhget about it.
It’s not at all healthy– in fact, it’s not what’s keeping you from getting fat, it’s getting you fat– and your digestive health is worse off because of it, indicates the book, Wheat Belly.
How, then– and when— did this ancient grain turn into such a threat to our health? According to preventive cardiologist William Davis, MD, it first occurred after big agriculture movements moved in years ago to create a higher-yielding crop. Now, “wheat” isn’t even wheat anymore, he says, because of the worst cross breeding efforts he’s ever witnessed. “The wheat products sold to you today”– and even those of the early 20th century– are “completely transformed from the wheat of” before, he says.
This is because plant breeders altered wheat in serious ways. What used to be more than four feet tall is now a shell of its former self: modern wheat is about two feet tall with an oddly-huge seed head. Planters were able to do this because, as Dr. Davis says, they crossed wheat with non-wheat plants to bring out new genes entirely through the use of techniques such as wheat seed irradiation and embryos packed with substances like gamma rays, chemicals, and even intense x-rays(!) to cause genetic mutations.
A company called Clearfield Wheat, which harvested wheat on almost one million acres across the Pacific Northwest before it got sold by BASF Corporation (which just so happens to be the planet’s biggest chemical manufacturer), eventually began to make wheat in a geneticist’s lab after wheat seeds and embryos came into contact with the mutation-causing toxin known as sodium azide. This substance is a known poison, and is especially characterized by its penchant for exploding when dealt with improperly, Dr. Davis warned. This hybrid version of wheat can’t live on its own out in the wild, and the majority of farmers depend on toxic chemical pesticides and fertilizers to keep it alive as a crop.
That being said, it’s important to understand that such intense breeding efforts have been so drastically transformed that it’s difficult– but still imperative– to know the difference between this newly-bred wheat and genetic engineering, or GMOs. Both present major potential health problems, though.
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