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. mercola.com
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!