No, it's not just a fad - gluten really is a MTHFR. To be more specific, the gluten found in modern wheat is a MTHFR. Regardless, consumption of gluten, which is found in everything from bread to tea bags, is connected to the development of not only celiac disease, but a whole host of autoimmune diseases. Some examples are hashimoto's thyroiditis, grave's disease, scleroderma, and lupus, just to name a few. For someone with the MTHFR genetic mutation, who is already susceptible to the development of such diseases, consuming gluten is antithetical to health.
But people have been eating bread since the Bible days, some say. Why is everyone suddenly causing a ruckus about this gluten stuff? Unfortunately, modern wheat is nearly unrecognizable from the wheat of our ancestors. In fact, modern wheat is a far cry from even the wheat that our grandparents consumed in their youth. What began as a goodwill attempt to feed the poor populations in the 1950s/60s turned ugly. Introducing methods of crop manipulation to yield more food was successful. However, we soon turned to more dangerous methods of engineering that changed wheat on a genetic level. We now have more food, but also more autoimmune and chronic disease.
Did you know that OG wheat is actually called einkorn? Einkorn flour contains 14 chromosomes. Modern wheat, on the other hand, is composed of a whopping 42 chromosomes, as well as dangerous genes that were introduced through genetic engineering! I have not experimented with einkorn flour, but it is said that humans are better able to digest gluten in its original form without toxic effects. I have personally spoken with people who have moved to the United States and suddenly developed gluten intolerance after decades of no issues in their native countries. Coincidence? Not likely.
I strongly recommend anyone with the MTHFR mutation, and especially anyone with an autoimmune disease to cut out gluten. I was diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid that, if left unchecked, can progress to lupus and cancer) several years ago. Once diagnosed, I was told that medication was my only option and that ceasing to produce the antibodies that were attacking my own body would be impossible, even with the meds. I was also struggling with severe food intolerances that were leaving me unable to keep food down. Once I cut gluten from my diet, guess what? My autoimmune antibodies also disappeared! A supposedly impossible feat that was suddenly very real and possible.
There were still many other areas of my life that needed to be addressed, but that was a crucial piece of the puzzle. I really can't understate how important it was for me to say "no" to modern wheat. I encourage you MTHFRs to do the same.
Have you tried a gluten-free diet? Have you enjoyed any positive changes in your health since taking the dive? Have you experimented with any ancient grains, such as einkorn? Tell us about it!