Katheren posted this interesting observation about her children on the Wheat Belly Facebook page:
“I put my kiddos on the Wheat Belly lifestyle about 3 weeks ago and have discovered the following:
“My daughter (age 6):
-no longer has anger issues (she would get angry quickly and yell, argue, and hit her brother). I could see when school would let her eat wheat because she would go back to that behavior for 24 hrs.
-her belly isn’t extended, bloated
“My son (age 10):
-grades in school improved. He would bring home failing grades and now he’s making 80’s or higher, even on major tests!
“Such a difference it made!”
These sorts of changes in behavior—reduction in anger and irritability, increased capacity to sit quietly and concentrate, improved learning—are actually quite common in children whose parents get them to follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle. It’s not easy, given the opioid addictive properties of wheat and grains, convenience, the push of Big Food marketing of junk food, and peer pressure. But Katheren shows that it can be done with extravagant results. And these are the results in normal kids. Even greater results can be seen in kids with pre-existing issues such as ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder.
Ironically, Katheren had to do the opposite of what the USDA School Lunch Program mandates in order to witness such wonderful behavioral and emotional improvements in her children. Yes: government policy impairs the behavior and learning of many children (not to mention forces the 1% of kids with undiagnosed celiac disease to consume a food highly toxic to them without any mention or requirement for testing). The School Lunch Program may provide food for kids with inadequate caloric intake, but it impairs the learning and behavior of thousands, perhaps millions, of children.
And, if this is how it is expressed in kids, imagine how it might be expressed in adults: road rage, spousal violence, difficulties at work, etc.?
This is yet another facet of the peculiar emotional and mental effects of gliadin-derived opioid peptides on humans, the digestive byproducts of the inefficiently digested gliadin protein of wheat and related grains. Understand this basic fact and you, like Katheren, can discover astounding benefits for you and your family.