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Long-term, Stealth, health consequences from wheat ingestion?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2013 at 5:18 AM

So this subject came up the other day on a FB group and I didn't really get any useful information...

I know that for the average person wheat is likely to be less than ideal. Fructans, low-bio-availability of vitamins and minerals, gliadin etc..

It was put forward that a person who started eating wheat again after being Paleo might have no statistical change in any blood marker, no change in body composition and no change in performance and still expect to be "less healthy in the long-term".

If that is the case what metric would we be using for that individual to measure this unhealthful change? Or is this just the paranoid fringe of the Paleosphere refusing to accept the small percentage who are fully adapted to grain consumption?

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Agreed. I have reduced my grain intake even without definitive proof of damaging properties - why invite trouble? Pimples only arise on my skin with wheat only, even a high-carb sugar binge without grains doesn't evoke it. Surely it does enough damage elsewhere, too.

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Don't know about the long-term effect. Given that there have been no studies in this area, we can't even make well-educated guesses.

However, my intuition says that if someone has good gut flora, there is no reason to suspect that they would have problems with small amounts of wheat. I have seen enough n=1 stories to support this idea.

I think the bigger problems (sans gluten-sensitivity/celiac) arise when large amounts of wheat replace more nutritious foods in the diet. This was certainly part of my issue when I was a bread-eating vegetarian.

I'd rather spend my food money on some grass-fed liver, thanks!

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on February 11, 2013
at 05:59 AM

I can't imagine there being a detrimental decline in health without some change in blood markers, whether increase of trans fats, anti-bodies, cortisol level, free radicals, decline in liver function, glucose tolerance, etc. Something would have to show to make this claim.

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Agreed. I have reduced my grain intake even without definitive proof of damaging properties - why invite trouble? Pimples only arise on my skin with wheat only, even a high-carb sugar binge without grains doesn't evoke it. Surely it does enough damage elsewhere, too.

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