Paleo is definitely a gluten-free diet. That’s not to say that everything that’s gluten-free is healthy, but if you see anything with wheat, barely, or rye (or any grains) that’s a dead giveaway that it’s not Paleo.
Gluten has become a highly contentious subject in recent years. Many people want to know, if it’s so bad for us, how have we been managing to eat it for thousands of years?
The Price of Dwarf Wheat
First of all, Celiac disease is not new. It’s been around for hundreds of years, but it’s prevalence has rapidly increased lately. This is largely due to the invention of dwarf wheat, a type of wheat that was designed to produce more wheat in less time, thereby solving world hunger. The problem is dwarf wheat is less nutritious than its ancestors and it has more gluten, hence the increase in the number of people realizing they feel better when cutting gluten out of their diet.
Allergy vs. Sensitivity
A common misconception is that you need a doctor’s diagnosis to claim an intolerance to gluten. Most of the tests doctors run only look for specific antibodies, but you can be sensitive to gluten without have an autoimmune reaction to it. If you notice you feel better when you avoid gluten, don’t let anyone tell you you’re imagining things. Only you know what’s best for your body. Mark Sisson and I will back you up.