Wheat Puts Poop in Your Blood – Plus 3 More Strange Wheat Facts

Wheat Causes Leaky Gut - and Other Reasons to Give it Up!{Please welcome Trisha, one of my contributing writers, today. She’s going to be talking about wheat. You’ve heard about celiac, wheat intolerance, wheat belly and more. Find out what is going on with wheat and 4 Reasons You Should Give it Up.} When we told friends and family that we were cutting out wheat from our diet, one of the more common reactions we got was,

“That’s crazy. I mean, if you have celiac disease or something, alright, but wheat is natural. It’s what we were made to eat.”

Yes, wheat is a staple of the American diet. It takes up a fair share of the food pyramid. It is the primary ingredient in breads, pastas, cookies, cake, and is in many sauces, soups, spice mixes, and more. It’s hard to imagine life without wheat. But what if this staple of life is really an agent of death? No, wheat doesn’t kill you fast like poison, but it gambles with your health all the same. Thanks to modern breeding practices, today’s wheat is unlike its ancient ancestor: wheat seeds have been exposed to high doses of gamma and microwave radiation and grown with harmful pesticides. In fact, modern wheat has been so transformed that it can’t even grow in the wild anymore (so much for being “natural”).

What is Wrong with Wheat?

1. Wheat puts poop in your blood.

Gluten, one of the proteins in wheat, causes zonulin to be released in your body. Zonulin regulates how permeable our intestines are—how much liquid or gas can pass through it. Too much of this is called “leaky gut.” The more gluten you eat, the more zonulin you have. The more leaky your gut becomes. The more digested food in your intestine (i.e. poop) can enter your bloodstream. Ick. In case it isn’t obvious, your body doesn’t like it when poop enters the bloodstream. Your immune system mounts up for an attack, and over time, this can lead to multiple autoimmune diseases (like celiac disease, arthritis, thyroid disorders, and others).

2. Wheat makes you hungry and fat.

When you eat wheat, it is broken down into sugar in your body, causing your pancreas to secrete insulin. This is known as an insulin spike. After this comes the blood sugar “crash,” bringing back hunger cravings with a vengeance. Furthermore, when your insulin levels are continually high, you store fat rather than burn it. Added to this are the lectins in wheat. Lectins are in a lot of different foods, but wheat is one of the biggest offenders in the standard American diet. Lectins don’t break down in your gut but bind to receptors in your intestinal wall. More lectins in your system causes you to become resistant to the hormone leptin. Leptin regulates hunger cravings, and when you become resistant to leptin, this can lead to weight gain, sleep disturbances, and nutritional deficiencies.

3. Wheat causes heart disease.

Inflammation is your body’s natural defense against invaders. If, for instance, you have a wheat allergy, the proteins from wheat are seen by your body as invaders. Even if you don’t have a wheat allergy, wheat can still cause leaky gut (see above), and leaky gut puts digested bits of food (i.e. poop) in your blood. All of this leads to inflammation, the primary cause of heart disease. The best way to fight potential (or actual) heart disease is to cut out all inflammatory food like wheat and sugar. (By the way, inflammation is also a precursor to cancer, diabetes, arthritis, MS, and other degenerative diseases.)

4. Wheat is scrambling your brain.

After gluten (one of the proteins in wheat) crosses the blood-brain barrier, it can attack the central nervous system. Researches have started noticing a connection between wheat consumption and schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, and ADD, especially in children. In addition, when some people eat gluten, the opiate receptors in their brains react the same way they might react to heroine. Some researchers think this actually causes a “wheat addiction” and even binge eating disorders. *Please note – some of the links below are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking through, I will make a commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps keep this free resource running smoothly.**

Not Convinced? Get the Scoop on Wheat

My husband and I have recently released our book, Weeding Out Wheat. In it we cite dozens of scientific studies that point to problems associated with wheat. In Weeding Out Wheat, one of our main premises is that given the potential health risks of wheat, everyone should at least try cutting wheat from their diet.

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You need to know what is going on with wheat and what it might be doing to your health.

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Did YOU know all of these things about wheat?

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  1. Nancy Valrance says:

    When I tap on the Kindle link to purchase the ebook, I get the Amazon site, bit the Kindle is $9.95 instead of $1.99. Has that offer expired?

  2. This is an issue that I am interested in and was happy to find it here. I started grinding my own wheat a few years ago based on the Bread Beckers info and some other research I did. Only after we invested in an expensive kitchen appliance, the grinder, did I find any of the info on soaking and sprouting, etc. Bummer!!
    On a separate note, I find it sad that some of the dialog? In the comments is so snarky by those claiming to be representatives of Christ.

  3. Do you think this is still true for organic wheat?

  4. Sorry, I don’t but into this logic. This info is okay for people who have an allergy to wheat but the fact is that the vast majority of people do not. Wheat was created by God and has been a staple in people’s diets for thousands of years AND it is NOT put down in the bible. Your article tries to scare everyone in thinking it’s bad for everyone. Why don’t you just come out and say God made a mistake and that you know better than he does.

    • Hi Gene. I am sure Trisha will be by later to respond but I know she has a really busy week so I am going to chime in for now. First of all, the wheat of today is very different from the wheat of Bible times. There has been a lot going on that has been done by man and there is a lot more gluten in it now. There are folks who can eat the wheat in Europe but not in the US so that is evidence that something is going on here.

      Secondly, it is possible that the wheat of today is bad for everyone, but that most have no idea what it is doing to them. Maybe not everyone, but I suspect that there are many many more people who are affected by wheat issues than any of us know.

      I think your last sentence is rather brash. God doesn’t make mistakes, but man has done things to our food supply and our environments that has cost us dearly. The effect on humans even in the way of epigenetics is something we need to recognize and not ignore.

      I hope you will open your mind to realize that this isn’t scare tactics but truth. Trisha worked very hard to make her book something that was based on a lot of facts and she is right on. My husband had a ferritin level of about 3 and it was only by taking gluten out of his diet that we were finally able to bring it back up to almost normal.

      Please feel free to respond but I would appreciate your being a little more kind in your comments -thanks in advance :).

    • Hi Gene,

      I think Adrienne pretty much addressed the points I would address. If you’d like more reading on this we also have a couple of posts on our site about this. My husband wrote these 2 posts:
      5 Ways Modern Wheat is Different than Biblical Wheat: http://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/2013/11/07/5-ways-modern-wheat-different-biblical-wheat/
      Is Gluten-Free Biblical? Wheat and Bread in the Bible: http://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/2013/11/07/5-ways-modern-wheat-different-biblical-wheat/

      I hope you’ll take the time to read through these posts. My husband took a lot of time to flesh out some of these questions and issues you have. But when it comes down to it, we do not say that God made a mistake. We don’t say that eating wheat is sinful. But for many, and I’d argue most, abstaining from the wheat grown today is likely the most healthful option.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    My husband went through this, modern wheat is nothing like it was decades ago. My husband developed adult onset asthma out of the blue, and we found out it was a reaction he developed to gluten. No more gluten, no more asthma. What a blessing to have found this out as his specialist said his asthma was so severe they wanted him to partake in a study, and laughed at him when he asked if it could be linked to his diet.

    • That happens sometimes, doesn’t it? I had an expert tell me something just this week that I told him was wrong and it was proven that I was right on a subsequent test. I’ll be writing about it soon :).

  6. For those who have said or are saying or thinking that God made wheat and gave it to us, and therefore it must still be good…
    Isn’t it like Satan to corrupt the things that God has given in order that they are no longer good/useful? Remember, he hates us.