Wheat is a grain. It is commonly ground to make bread, cereal, pasta and is often used as an ingredient in baking.
Why can wheat be a problem?
- A standard western child’s diet consists of far too much wheats; toast, breakfast cereals, sandwich, muesli bars, biscuits, pasta, pizza, cakes, pancakes, muffins, donuts etc.
- It is highly refined; nutritious parts of the grain have been removed to ensure a longer shelf life.
- It is typically grown in mineral deficient soils.
- It is sprayed with chemicals including herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers.
- It contains phytates which block the absorption and assimilation of minerals into the body.
- It contains a protein called gluten which is not easily digested and over time may cause intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
wheat flour is often bleached.
How does wheat impact body and function?
It is not necessarily bad of us, it’s the fact that it has been so heavily processed and refined which causes most of the problems. Many autism families do experiment with a gluten-free diet to try and reduce inflammation in the body and heal a leaky gut.
The human body can have difficulty trying to digest it because of the processing, refinement, over consumption and gluten content as listed above.
Watch out for hidden sources of wheat
- Gravies, marinades and sauces
- Processed meats, including sausages and meatballs
- Salad dressing