Wheat Pasture Bloat Kills Livestock – Is Wheat Gluten Linked To Obesity And The Bloat Epidemic?
WHEAT DIET KILLS CATTLE
Cattle exclusively fed wheat often die from a bloating disorder known as wheat pasture bloat, feedlot bloat, free gas bloat, or frothy bloat. Wheat and barley are fed to livestock because they are a cheap source of protein-rich grains. These grains result in rapid weight gain to finish cattle for slaughter. However, if cattle are fed too much wheat or barley, especially high-gluten wheat, the cattle can die. Therefore, the livestock industry knows how to mix the feed with other cereals.
WHAT IS PASTURE BLOAT AND ARE WE EXPERIENCING SOMETHING SIMILAR?
In swollen pastures, stomach or rumen, as it is called in cattle, excess gas accumulates which puts pressure on the heart and lungs and leads to death. I have patients who tell me that they feel like they are dying because of the pain and swelling they are experiencing. Some have even said that they wish someone could puncture their stomach to let out all the gas. Most no longer feel this way after starting a gluten-free or wheat-free diet. Your swelling is gone.
A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT PASTURE BLOAT
My wife grew up in rural Missouri. His family had cattle. When I asked him if he had ever heard of pasture swelling, he told me a story about helping the local vet save one of his cows that developed pasture swelling. Despite piercing the cow’s stomach to let the gas escape, the cow died anyway.
GASY HORSES FEED WITH BARLEY HOPS
Recently, while riding a horse with my daughter, the guide complained about how the horses stopped for gasoline and released the green stools, saying “we think it’s the hops.” The ranch receives discarded hops from the local brewery that they feed to their horses. Gluten-containing hops are giving horses gas and loose stools!
DIFFICULTY TO LOSE WEIGHT LINKED TO WHEAT GLUTENE IN THE DIET
Many of my patients also complain of not being able to lose weight. However, a diet history reveals that like most Americans now, they get more than 20% of their daily calories from carbohydrates that contain gluten. If the livestock industry knows that wheat and barley grains make cattle fat quickly, we should not be surprised by the obesity epidemic in our diet rich in grains and carbohydrates. In contrast, overweight and obese people who follow a gluten-free diet often lose weight.
CAN YOU BE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE AND HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?
Many people with celiac disease are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, its diagnosis is often overlooked due to the misperception that you cannot have celiac disease if you are overweight. That is false. Many people with undiagnosed celiac disease are overweight and are also constipated. However, they usually have severe symptoms of bloating.
EXPLANATION OF THE MYSTERY OF THE SUCCESS OF THE LOW CARBOHYDRATE OR ATKIN DIET
The low carb diet, by nature a low gluten diet, is so successful because people lose weight and find that their headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, brain fog, and bloating are better. They lose weight and feel better. Therefore, they are motivated to continue. However, the reintroduction of carbohydrates, especially those high in gluten, results in weight gain and a feeling of well-being. However, giving up gluten can be difficult. There are cultural issues, increased costs, and other inconveniences that must be overcome.
THE ADDICTIVE NATURE OF GLUTEN CONTAINING CARBOHYDRATES
Also, gluten has addictive properties. Gluten breaks down into morphine-like proteins called gliadomorphins or gluten exorphins. These well-characterized chemicals have many effects, including addictive properties and functional impairment.
WHY INCREASING FIBER IN THE DIET MAY WORSE YOUR SYMPTOMS, ESPECIALLY GAS AND FLOTATION
My GI training took me for years to counsel people, especially those with irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis, to eat lots of whole grains and to take fiber supplements. This is also the recommendation of the United States government in our Food Pyramid. I eventually stopped consuming whole grains and some fiber supplements because many patients complained of increased bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. As an expert in celiac disease, I realize that the recommendations for whole grains and fiber supplements that contain gluten are not only useless but also harmful for many people.
SLIMY MUCUS ON YOUR STOOLS, DO YOU FEEL BLOCKED? JOIN THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
Feedlot bloat usually results in a slimy, foamy layer of the cattle’s stomach (rumen). I often see this mucus or a slimy layer on the surface of my patients’ small intestine when I do an endoscopy. I suspect this may be due to excess carbohydrates in the diet. The accumulation of intestinal gas in cattle is due to their inability to burp (burp). Some cattle become ill and must be slaughtered early. Increased production of bacteria has been implicated. The fermentation of these grains is also believed to be involved. The excess protein content of some types of wheat, such as winter wheat, which is high in gluten, is also the culprit. Wheat ferments faster and much more than barley, sorghum, or corn.
WHAT THE LIVESTOCK WILL NOT GIVE YOU BUT NOT YOUR DOCTOR
So why are cattle given wheat? It’s economic. It produces a very fast weight gain and more than other cereals. However, great care must be taken when using wheat for cattle fattening. Supplements are required because wheat can only result in low calcium levels that can cause grass tetany, a form of muscle spasms or paralysis. A diet exclusive or very rich in wheat can cause acidosis in ruminants (high acid levels in the blood) that is also fatal for livestock.
Does your diet consist of large amounts of calories derived from wheat and gluten containing carbohydrates? Are you overweight and constantly feeling bloated, experiencing unexplained muscle aches and cramps, headaches, balance difficulties, and abdominal pain? Perhaps you should learn from the livestock industry, as doctors are unlikely to tell you the truth about the dangers of a grain-based diet.