Today, we hear constantly about how bad bread is for your health and how gluten is responsible for virtually every health problem from diabetes to obesity to fatigue and so much more. If grains are so bad then why have they been the staple of our diets for thousands of years and why are grains mentioned so frequently in the old testament?
GRAINS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
During the agricultural times of the Old Testament grains were a common part of the daily diet of citizenry.However, the quality of the grains grown back in those times is NOT the same as the grains grown today.
Back in biblical times there were three basic types of grain — Einkorn, Emmer and Triticum aestivum.These grains were joined by other pure grains such as rye, barley and millet. The grains grown in those times were not processed and were filled with greater amounts of protein and nutritional content than the grains we purchase in store bought bread today.
Today, grains are more laboratory creation that farmer grown product.With thousands of varieties, genetically altered to resist disease, grow faster and heartier, resist insects, and other scientifically engineered outcomes, today’s grain consists of many glutens, lectins and phytates.
Additionally, the grains are filled with pesticides and other chemicals that are known to cause allergic reactions in many humans.These are the parts of the bread we eat today that nutritionists are warning us about.
OUR BIBLICAL ANCESTORS ATE BREAD THAT HAD LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO THE PRODUCT WE EAT TODAY!
In the Old Testament times grains were “whole” in the sense that they were not over-processed into the mush that passes for flour today.Grains in the time of the Old Testament were crushed by hand using stones or other instruments.In addition, the wheat was sprouted which gave it additional healthy properties. Today, wheat is processed down to a overly starchy powder that is converted quickly to sugar once it is digested which has a disastrous affect on blood sugar and insulin production.
Grain in the time of the Old Testament was not turned into sweetened junk food like cookies, donuts or cake.It was not made into salty foods that spike blood pressure like pretzels or chips. Nor was the grain of Biblical times altered with other additives such as oils, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavors, or other additives.
Today, the processed grains in our diet can lead to illness including obesity, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, Diabetes, Heart Disease and even Cancer. Obesity is a problem in our society today and even young children are showing signs of obesity and pre-diabetic conditions.While we cannot blame all of our health problems on today’s processed grains they are a large part of the problem.
It is possible to find grains in healthy food stores that are grown as they were in Old Testament times. Those three original grains, prepared by sprouting, or fermentation can produce healthier varieties of bread products that will not produce the negative health impacts of today’s products.