Wheat intolerance? Processed breads are the real culprit, says researcher

There is no bullshit in the world so self-evidently fatuous that someone won’t assert it. Non-existent “wheat intolerance” caused by bread that has gone through some nebulously-defined “processing”? Sure, why not?

Most people who think they have a wheat intolerance actually have an aversion only to highly-processed wheat products, a controversial new study suggests.

Actually of course most people who think they have a wheat intolerance, have no such thing. This is especially true of those whose “intolerance” has been diagnosed by quack nutritionists using one of the legion of bogus diagnostics they use. A very common tool used to diagnose wheat intolerance is applied kinesiologyW.

In fact, unprocessed whole grain is good for us, and could even protect us against inflammation and gastro-intestinal cancers.

Gosh, really? It’s almost as if Wheat Belly is a fetid load of dingos kidneys.

Researchers from the University of Warwick even describe whole grain products as a super food that could be superior to fruits and vegetables.

The definition of superfood is “perfectly normal ingredient for which we can charge credulous people a bit extra”.

Lead researcher Rob Lillywhite argues that most health issues, such as gastro-intestinal complaints, are associated with highly-processed wheat products, rather than whole grains.

Did he? Did he really? Oh, wait, no he didn’t. He actually said pretty much the opposite. He said that there is no evidence that wheat is a problem other than for coeliacs, but he did point the finger at processed foods, just not processed bread.

Let’s be completely clear here: he is at pains in this article to point out that there is no good evidence that either wheat or rice cause any problem over and above the excess consumption of any food.

Even the Daily mail got this right. How does it feel to be a less reliable source of health information than the Daily Mail?

Whole grains are rich in dietary fibre, starch, fat, antioxidant nutrients, minerals, vitamins, lignans and phenolic compounds, all of which are linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Whole grain cereals can also protect against obesity, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and cancers.

Redux: Wheat is not bad for you, despite what you claimed in all these issues.

When he reviewed all the evidence, he said a direct link between wheat consumption and illness was difficult to establish, other than in the two per cent of the population with celiac disease.

Yes, what he said, Lynne, was that this story of yours, and virtually every other story you have ever published on the subject of wheat or gluten, is wrong. You know, like the cover story in August 2011. And all the others.

And you are too stupid and so blinded by your distorting anti-science field that you published the quote anyway.

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