Many people who have gluten sensitivity or allergy, as well as the ones who avoid it due to its side-effects, follow a gluten-free diet.
However, the newest studies show that gluten might not be the harmful ingredient in wheat.
Apparently, the main culprit is even worse. Namely, the wheat harvesting protocol in the U.S. uses an herbicide called Roundup a few days before the harvesters work through the fields.
This is due to the fact that dead wheat plants are much easier on the farm equipment and help the harvest to be bigger, easier, and much sooner.
Such other herbicides include a deadly active ingredient to wheat and barley, called glyphosate, which has been used prior to the harvest since the 1980s and is commonly used as a drying agent 7-10 days before the harvest.
This has been thoroughly studied by Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT, and she has reported her findings at nutrition conferences. According to her, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate pre-harvest has been so common by the 1990s that it contaminated most of the non-organic wheat in the United States.
This can be explained by the fact that when wheat is exposed to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it releases more seeds, leading to a slightly greater yield.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat and 61% of winter wheat had been treated with herbicides as of 2012.
What’s more, the use of these toxic substances has significantly increased in the last twenty years, since durum wheat has shown an 88% increase, spring wheat a 91% increase, and winter wheat a 47% increase since 1998.
Roundup is used by farmers in order to destroy the wheat plants and help them harvest more crops, and much earlier. Yet, this is not a licensed practice, and this leads to traces of the herbicide in the products we consume. The use of this herbicide has been completely banned in the Netherlands.
According to the herbicide manufacturers, it is minimally toxic to people, but the journal Entropy published research which showed that it seriously disrupts physiology.
Its active ingredient disrupts the vital pathway found in beneficial gut microbes, which are in charge of the synthesis of critical amino acids. Probiotics are critical for our health, and help digestion, boost the immune system and synthesize vitamins.
Additionally, glyphosate inhibits the enzymes created by the gut microbiome, which are essential for the detoxification of the chemicals that the body is exposed to.
Consequently, people exposed to glyphosate by using Roundup become even more prone to the detrimental effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins.
The exposure to glyphosate over months and years leads to inflammation, which causes severe health issues, like diabetes, infertility, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression, and cancer.
Therefore, the consumption of conventional wheat can seriously endanger your health in many ways, causing diseases and different health conditions. We strongly advise you to replace it with low gluten, organic, unhybridized Einkorn wheat and avoid these potential threats.