I recently read Wheat Belly by William David MD . I had no idea how far modern wheat has come from its ancestors. I won’t go into detail here, but suffice it to say “VERY FAR INDEED!!” Modern wheat has a protein in its gluten called gliadin. Gliadin acts as an opiate. It is addictive, causes craving for more and more of it, and, it stimulates appetite.
Now I am sceptical about most things I read. In this day and age, you have to be. You can’t believe everything you read. Nor do I. But I have actually experienced this wheat phenomenon myself: I have noticed (and always found it curious) that when I had cereal or toast for breakfast I was starving again within a short amount of time. When I ate food with wheat in it, I craved more and more. All day long. Whereas on days when I didn’t have wheat, I didn’t crave carbs all day – or much of anything else for that matter.
There’s a lot of controversy on Dr Davis’s assessment of wheat (and other grains). But having witnessed first hand – and more importantly having done so before I read (or had even heard of) the book, I am inclined to say that I found much of what he has written regarding wheat being an appetite stimulant, TRUE. A brief synopsis of his opinion on wheat can be found here.
Remember a while back when I did a raw food cleansing diet? Bread, crackers, cereal, etc., aren’t “raw” so I didn’t eat any. Much of my surprise (although I didn’t attribute it to wheat at the time) I had no cravings, no hunger pangs, and I was able to follow the raw food diet with practically no difficulty. I didn’t feel deprived, I didn’t feel hungry and I had only a brief craving for bread!! My body was “withdrawing” from that addiction!
I don’t want (or fortunately need) to live without wheat due to gluten intolerance. I want to eat the occasional slice of bread, pizza, pasta, etc. I started researching and have found einkorn. Woohoo!!! Einkorn is man’s first form of cultivated wheat, grown by farmers more than 10,000 years ago. Compared to modern wheat, it is healthier*, a natural unadulterated product – and very tasty!
Where to Find Einkorn in the UK?
I live in the United Kingdom (England to be exact) and get my einkorn flour from Doves Farm. They also sell kamut and spelt flours (which I bought but haven’t tested on my gut yet!), various gluten free flours, etc. I had never heard of einkorn flour until I read “Wheat Belly”. We have switched to einkorn flour (in lieu of no flour at all as Wheat Belly recommends) as we just can’t live (happily) without bread.
When we eat baked goods (or pizza crust) made with einkorn it has no adverse effects. We don’t feel stuffed and we don’t get bloated and we don’t feel sick! Neither of us is gluten intolerant (celiac disease) – at least not that we know of! But we are both definitely gluten sensitive as after cutting out regular flour and then “slipping” a couple of times when dining out, we both felt very ill and wiped out afterwards. In fact the last time we ate out and indulged in a couple of slices of bread we were both sick for the day – headaches, exhausted, stomach rumblings, just generally feeling bloated and ill all over. It was the only food item we both ate. So don’t go there
We are headed to Italy in September and despite it being the land of pasta, if we can’t find einkorn or emmer pasta, we’ll be ordering pasta free meals: the last regular wheat foray finished us both for good!
Happy Baking everyone! I have just begun to experiment with this lovely product and will be posting recipes as I go!
Where to Find Einkorn in Canada or the USA.
*Einkorn’s Nutritional Value
Einkorn contains higher levels of protein, essential fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, pyridoxine (B6), lutein and beta-carotene (lutein).
The Einkorn flour is characterized by high protein, high ash, a very high carotene content, and small flour particle size when compared to the modern bread wheats.
It also has plenty of carotenoids – the natural red, yellow or orange pigments that are found in many vegetables and fruits, and in a few grains. Carotenoids have the medical properties that help in preventing serious diseases such as cancer.