Food Storage Essentials: Storing grains: What about carbs and gluten intolerance?

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  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    9 months ago, after reading Dr. Davis' book "Wheat Belly", I stopped eating wheat products (mainly bread and pasta). For several months, I lost 1 pound a week quite effortlessly, ultimately losing 22 pounds, despite eating all the proteins and fats I wanted. My BMI dropped from 26.5 to 23.3, and I feel much better and snore less. I am quite convinced that most Americans eat far too many carbohydrates, especially wheat and sugar, and that this is the cause of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. The book "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg also makes a very strong case for the connection between wheat and other carbohydrates and Alzheimer's. Despite the references cited in this article, I think the most recent evidence shows that wheat consumption, as well as excessive sugar and other carbohydrate consumption, leads to a wide variety of diseases that are precisely the ones that are rampant in America today.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Its very responsible to have water food and fuel to cook the food that would last at least two months.

  • ra1madden Aurora, IL
    Oct. 12, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Though not mentioned in the article: Obesity has several factors that cause it,
    (1) the amount of food consumed,
    (2) the types of food consumed,
    (3) the amount of physical activity,
    (4) the eating times of day
    (eating late in the evening and going to bed causes food to be stored instead of utilized by the body).

  • ocd4life Tucson, AZ
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Thanks Abbygirl for the truthful reminder that our home storage is to feed our family, but that family is more than just what resides in our home. As for KinCO you ask a valid question, it is hard when one family members diet is different. Remember though that the others aren't and the food you have stored can be made for them. There is a book titled Gluten Free Cooking for Dummies it is wonderful and gives all kinds of more affordable alternatives. Cross contamination of a cooking area can and is serious. But, it can be accomplished so that you can utilize your home storage to everyone's benefit. Find a wholesale feed and seed company in your region and team up with other families with the same circumstances. If 50# of any substitute is to expensive ask another family to spit the cost. Get with your Bishop and ask to use the cannery in your area to package so you can add to your home storage. Make sure you know exactly what grains you are intolerant to don't cut them all out.

  • Abbygirl East Carbon, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    I do not tolerate grains well except rice.. but I store wheat and plenty of it! Why?? Because I plan on feeding those who God directs to us! I have read that there will be people trying to reach the mountains who are going to need all the sustenance we can give them.. its not about just my family.. its a much bigger family we need to feed. I will not watch my neighbors starve.. I will feed them.. in feeding Christ's sheep it doesn't just mean religiously to me.. we all come from the same God and we ARE all brother's and sister's! I will have faith that if I feed others my coffers will never empty and if they do I will die along with them! It is important to store seeds and grains.. to plant gardens to continue feeding the Lord's sheep, I am at times appalled at how many are not prepared.. when the Prophets have prophesied to us for decades to prepare.

  • FractalTheorem West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    IMPORTANT FACTUAL ERROR!!! Spelt is not gluten free! It is a variety of wheat, and contains gluten.

    Aside from the fad dieters, there are quite a few genuine celiacs in our neighborhoods, so getting accurate information out is extremely important.

  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    I realize that the thrust of this article is to discount the current fad of gluten-free diets, but it would have been useful if it had also tackled the problem of what to store for those who are celiac. There are four diagnosed celiacs in my ward (my husband is one of them), and there were several in our previous ward. Suggesting that we replace all those pounds of wheat with quinoa, millet and spelt is not helpful! What on earth would one do with 300 pounds of those grains (assuming you could afford them, which even us, with our 6-figure income would have trouble pulling off)? I have always had a good year's supply for my family, but since my husband was diagnosed 8 years ago, I've pretty much given up. There is nothing practical to store for a celiac--certainly not for a year! One can eat only so much quinoa, and millet and spelt? Yeah, right.