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Einkorn, spelt, emmer, durum, kamut, farro.
Avoid as you would semi-dwarf hybrid.
See on WBB: Upper Crust and Should you eat kamut?
All of the heirlooms are gluten-bearing grains.
Emmer has more gluten than modern wheat. If you
are celiac or in the 5% of acutely reactive non-celiac,
this stuff is a very prompt poison, as it has always been.
All of the heirlooms are high glycemic carbs. If you
are aiming at the WB targets of 15 net grams of carbs
per meal or 6-hour interval, this allows for no
reasonable portion size of these wheats, even if
that's all you eat.
The IBS study referenced by Dr. Davis concluded:
“... significant improvements in both IBS
symptoms and the inflammatory profile were reported
after the ingestion of ancient wheat products.”
Note that the study only tested for IBS, and did not
test a no-wheat cohort, probably due to the reported
funding source, a Kamut advocacy organization.
They got just the result they paid for.
Keep in mind that a major factor in the semi-dwarf
hybrid wheat problem is that it's cheap, and has
become a pervasive filler in most processed foods.
If we were to consume heirloom wheats at the same
level as the modern mutant menace, odds are the
health consequences would be only slightly less severe.
Heirlooms are expensive. Spend your money on foods
with fewer issues (or no issues).
And is the supposed heirloom really as claimed?
Can the seller provide credible genetic analysis,
or does their product merely have the morphology of
(looks like) an heirloom?
Although just one data point (an anecdote), we
have curious case of Ötzi the Iceman, who we've
known for some time was
eating truly ancient grains and had bad teeth
as a likely direct result. We also lately
learned that this post-paleo dude also had
heart disease (and a genetic predisposition for that).
His robust early neolithic lifestyle was not enough
to compensate for those convenient grains.
Eat heirloom grains. Get heirloom ailments.
Often seen: Should I grow heirloom?
Here's what I said on WBB in 2012:
- Heirloom seed is more expensive, often astronomically.
- It's not as disease/pest/drought/wind-resistant.
- Your crop can still get cross-contaminated by
patented horror strains, some with lawyers attached.
- The yields are dramatically lower.
- It's not a commodity (the local elevator
has no storage for it).
- There's no ready commodities trading market.
- The consumers demanding heirloom wheat are
making a mistake, often temporary, as heirloom
is only slightly less toxic than modern techno-wheat.
The market is therefore highly risky.
Those growing and selling heirloom are doing so for
reasons, often laudable, that are other than basic
Speaking as someone who owns what would be wheat ground,
switching to flax or almond makes much more sense,
as does native grass with critters on it.
Our household got distracted by einkorn for about
10 days, before deciding to entirely ditch wheat,
of any vintage, and all related gluten-bearing grains,
in all disguises. This implies that buyers seeking
heirloom are not reliable repeat customers.
Eating wheat, barley and rye (and grains generally, really)
is a 10,000 year-old error. Mutant runt goatgrass (usually
sold as semi-dwarf hybrid wheat) just finally made the
problems more apparent.