Is Wheat Bad for You?

Is Wheat Bad for You?Have you wondered, is wheat bad for you?

Heard a lot about a gluten-free diet and considered trying it out?

As it turns out, there is a lot bad about wheat, and it’s not just gluten. There are 5 ways wheat lectin is harmful – and surprisingly, lectin is highest in whole wheat, and also high in other grains.

Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about why to avoid lectin, and you might consider the no-grain diet.

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Is Wheat Bad for You?

Wheat Lectin (WGA) is Cytotoxic, Neurotoxic, Cardiotoxic and Immunotoxic

Wheat lectin, or “wheat germ agglutinin” (WGA), is largely responsible for many of wheat’s pervasive ill effects. WGA is highest in whole wheat, especially sprouted whole wheat, but wheat isn’t the only grain with significant lectin. All seeds of the grass family (rice, wheat, spelt, rye, etc.) are high in lectins.

WGA has the potential to damage your health by the following mechanisms (list is not all-inclusive):

  • Pro-Inflammatory: WGA lectin stimulates the synthesis of pro-inflammatory chemical messengers, even at very small concentrations
  • Immunotoxic: WGA lectin may bind to and activate white blood cells
  • Neurotoxic: WGA lectin can pass through your blood-brain barrier and attach to the protective coating on your nerves, known as the myelin sheath. It is also capable of inhibiting nerve growth factor, which is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain neurons
  • Cardiotoxic: WGA lectin induces platelet aggregation and has a potent disruptive effect on tissue regeneration and removal of neutrophils from your blood vessels
  • Cytotoxic (Toxic to cells): WGA lectin may induce programmed cell death (apoptosis)

Research also shows that WGA may disrupt endocrine and gastrointestinal function, interfere with genetic expression, and share similarities with certain viruses.

All bad news, that! But definitely answers the astonished question I often hear: is wheat bad for you? Our culture (and U.S. government) has definitely brainwashed us into thinking that wheat, and especially whole wheat, are wholesome foods we can’t live without. And nothing could be further from the truth!

What do you think about Dr. Mercola’s answers to the question: is wheat bad for you? I’d appreciate your comments!

13 thoughts on “Is Wheat Bad for You?

  1. Bread is very processed, it’s hard to find a product that is more processed!

    Dr. Mercola likes to be dramatic. How about if we get back to basics?

    Processed food is not good for you.

    Being OVER exposed to any food will cause HUGE issue! And we definitely OVER EAT BREAD!

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    Saying don’t eat bread and don’t eat grains are 2 entirely different things.

  2. I’m reading the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis and it’s so disturbing! He shares much of what you’ve outlined above and more, in great detail. I never realized how different and hybridized the wheat we have access to today is in comparison to the wheat people were eating 50+ years ago. It’s scary because it’s so much a part of everything in our grocery stores these days. Finding wheat-free alternatives IS possible, but it does take some looking. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Mikayla! I’ve heard a lot about that book – I’ll have to review it.

      Very few people are aware of how different today’s wheat is. It is disturbing! It’s so hard to eat well these days, which seems crazy, as we have access to food 24/7.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. I read “Healthier Without Wheat” by Dr. Stephen Wangen when I first got diagnosed with wheat and gluten allergies last year. It’s a really great book that gives a lot of insight and provides a good understanding on wheat and gluten allergies and things you mentioned in this post. I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t already!

  4. Maybe, wheat that is produced in USA is bad because they are genetically modified. Wheat has been consumed for a long time. I feel this article is scaremongering. There are so many factors other than wheat consumption that may contribute to bad health. I guess everything in moderation may be the best option.

    • You’re right, there are certainly many factors that contribute to bad health. I do believe the recent hybridization of wheat is one of the factors – regardless of GMO. But everyone’s entitled to their own opinion!

  5. Excellent post. I was looking for this particular information about wheat for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  6. Thanks for posting this. I’ll definitely return to read more and tell my friend to read about wheat being bad for you.

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