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Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

grandparents-bwI’ve often questioned why I was the first person in my family to have developed a gluten allergy.  My parents and grandparents never even heard of Celiac Disease nor non-Celiac gluten intolerance.

Browsing the Internet as I often do, I came across a blog where the writer actually addressed this growing issue.  I thought you would find it interesting so I am sharing it with you.

The blog is called “Butter Nutrition” and a link to the source page is provided at the end of this article.

December 28, 2013  By

So why didn’t your grandparents have food allergies? It’s really quite simple…

1) They ate seasonal real food.

Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.

For babies, breast milk was valued and it was always in season.

2) They didn’t diet, and play restrictive games with their body and metabolism. They ate food when food was available.

Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism, and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings.

3) They cooked food at home, using traditional preparation methods from scratch.

Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was a rare luxury. Lucky for our grandparents these habits actually increased their health.

4) They didn’t eat GMO’s, food additives, stabilizers and thickeners.

Food was not yet treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help preserve shelf life and pad the pockets of food producers in the early 1900′s at the expense of the consumer’s health.

5) They ate the whole animal that included mineral rich bone broths and organ meats.

Animal bones were saved or bought to make broths and soups, and organ meats always had a special place at the dinner table. These foods were valued for their medicinal properties, and never went to waste.

6) They didn’t go to the doctor when they felt sick or take prescription medications. Doctor visits were saved for accidental injuries and life threatening illness.

When they got a fever, they waited it out. When they felt sick, they ate soups, broths and got lots of rest. They did not have their doctor or nurse on speed dial, and trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not.

7) They spent lots of time outside.

Our grandparents didn’t have the choice to stay inside and play on their phones, computers and gaming systems. They played on the original play-station:  bikes, swing-sets and good ol’ mother nature!

And what do these things have to do with food allergies?

Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues, tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer, thus you may be MORE sensitive to certain foods.

Source: http://butternutrition.com/why-your-grandparents-didnt-have-food-allergies/


18 thoughts on “Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

  1. Gluten intolerance runs in my family and none of them ever ate convenience food. I do think a lot of our problems nowadays are caused by our food being messed with, wheat , corn and potatoes have all be modified over hundreds of years and now we are left with things that grow quicker or bigger than they naturally should or look pleasing to the eye but toxic to our bodies.

    • I have read that Celiac Disease can run in the family and I agree with you. There was a lot of controversy when GMOs were first introduced but somehow they managed to permeate the market. To me there is a direct correlation between engineered foods and the increase in food allergies.

      • I agree and too many hidden nasties in foodstuffs too, I find these big freezer stores that sell gross things like jacket potatoes with the filling on them and frozen omelette beyond crazy as well as vile sounding and it’s unlucky dip as to what rubbish has actually gone into them.

      • It isn’t a mystery how GMOs permeated the market, Monsanto & other corporations made a huge push as soon as they developed ways to splice the genetics in seeds. The benefit of their technology was that they could get a patent on a life form, something previously unheard of. They could now grow money!!!
        There was a huge concern in the scientific community to release manipulated food seeds that contained & replicated toxins, but the public heard little of the controversy as it was deemed “too scientific.” So scientists paid by Monsanto said there was no harm, where as academia was hugely worried about the push to market.
        Now Monsanto, Syngenta & other big agricultural companies have saturated the food market so that everything in processed non-organic foods contains their product. When communities & states have demanded straight forward requests of simply labelling food products containing GMOs, Monsanto & Syngenta have put huge money fighting such laws or even filing lawsuits against Vermont which did pass such a labelling law.
        Why don’t they want labels on their multi-billion product? So they are not held accountable for massive health epidemics, so no one can trace their products to changes. Since Europe has government provided health care they request labelling or deny GMO products– as the government would have to pay the price for it’s damage. Here in the USA it exists and the consumer must pay for the GMO product as well as any associated environmental or human health crisis the product causes.

  2. The wheat problem can be attributed to the Biafran Famine in the late 60’s. Scientist upped the protein content in wheat (American wheat) from 3% to nearly 9% so biscuits could be made and sent efficiently for famines. America then went out and sold this same wheat to the world. In cultures like Mediterranean, Central Asian and Middle-Eastern, that rely on wheat flour for so much of their food products, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease has been rising exponentially because a tolerance level has been breached and people cannot eat the same way, yet continue doing so.

  3. During our grandparents time, there were no treatments for food allergies. That means those who survived to adulthood did not have food allergies, or had mild reactions. I remember my grandmother used to complain about food that did not have preservatives, and were cooked the old fashion way, “repeating,” in her (i.e. digestive problems.) Maybe, she was sensitive or had a mild allergy to those foods? I think it is true that today’s foods contain ingredients that trigger allergy symptoms, but I also think we need to look at the broader picture.

  4. I agree totally. But the truth is what can we do about it NOW? Nothing is completely like it was before. and even those that are trying to do what our grandparents did, will not get the same effects. it is a different world

    • Hi Francine, the post was meant to help people realize why we are having such an explosion in wheat intolerance cases. Of course we cannot go back to the days of our grandparents unless we grow our own food. GMOs are very prevalent these days and organic food is very expensive. Further, we cannot say with certainty that our grand parents did not suffer from food allergies, Celiac Disease was not known back in the day.

  5. That’s a lot of different arguments laid down to support a stance. Some may be right, some not.

    I think a larger issue is the “germ-phobia” of our society. You walk into a grocery store and there are wipes to sanitize your shopping cart. Antibacterial soaps are in many restrooms. Lysol and many other chemical companies sell a thought process that if germs are present you are at risk (hint: you aren’t, they just want to sell more chemicals).

    Several studies have shown that too clean of an environment is partly responsible for developing allergies and asthma. Your body needs regular exposure to germs to maintain the immune system. Rob the body of that exposure and it goes looking for anything to challenge the immune system, hence the allergies and asthma spike in recent years.

    I wholly agree that we need to eat more local, organic and in season foods. Organic does not have to be that much more expensive if you find a farmers market that features organic growers. Organic farmers are finding that they can produce similar harvest volumes without herbicides and pesticides, and their added cost – keeping organic produce within reach of the average family. If you find organics are too expensive at the store – cut out the middleman/the store – and purchase direct from an organic farmer.

    • Hi BK Johnson, thank you for your comment. Unfortunatey, food allergies are not the same as hayfever or other allergies. Food allergies are not brought about by germs but result from how your body reacts to the synthesis of certain proteins.

  6. I am a pastor of a small church first. I am also a small time cattle man second. We ranch at 10,000 ft in the Colorado high country. Our beef is all natural grass feed only, no grains. You just can’t get non gmo grain in america anymore. The cross pollination from a nieghbors field from wind and insects has made contained fields a joke. As hard as we try to keep our products clean and clean it is ahard battle to fight. There are a few of us that try very hard to keep our beef safe by ttoday’s standards. In an area like ours we are isolated by location. Some have clean herds just because it’s how they’ve always done it. After a lot of thought on this matter. And after seeing the effects of this plague on my own people I think it’s not going to get better. Listen, I’m a positive guy about life but in this issue it’s just not going to get better for 95% of america. I mean folks like myself made the choice to live this way. We saw the value of this lifestyle before these issues. So we can somewhat control these matters. But for the people in an urban setting I don’t think they have ever had a choice. At least in the last 50 years they haven’t. I don’t think you can fight the goverment, Monsanto, the drought, the winter, the water restrictions so people down in town can water their yards. Can you see how it’s all up side down now. Just for exsample the yard thing. This last year more water rights where bought up by cities. Those rights were from a farmers kids that cashed in their inheritance. So every ranch and farm down river is effected now. The water up here is used to grow food. Let me say that again, FOOD!. Yet when it gets to town it’s used to water lawns, golf courses, waterparks, car washes. It goes on and in. Our world is up side down. Our grand parents knew what happened up stream mattered. These current generations are so busy being blind they can’t see why their food is poison. They can’t see anything except a possible inconvenience. I think the only think that will help is prayer at this point. I just don’t see america unplugging to get closer to the earth and becoming people in touch with the soil that feeds them. McDonald’s is just down the street.

    • Thank you for your post Clark, it is great to get your perspective on the matter and to share it with those that read my blog. God bless.

  7. Life expectancy in 1930- 59.7
    Life expectancy in 2010 – 78.7
    We are living 20 years longer than our grandparents – they waited the fever out with soup a little too often.

  8. I would like to see a study of increased use of gmos and the accompanying increase of insecticides and herbicides and the increased incidence of autism.

  9. There are no histories of food allergies in my family, however, at the age of 13 I began to have food allergies to fresh fruits. I am allergic to all apples, pears, peaches, cherries, tomatos and watermelon…and who knows what else. These are items I know from being tested. I can however eat strawberries, bananas, pineapple, cantaloupe, and avocado. I also have been suffering from Chronic idiopathic uticaria (unknown chronic hives) for over a year now. No idea why…strangely I can have those items after they have been completely cooked or processed.

  10. I tried to eat correctly while pregnant with my, now 11 year old, son & we found out at the age of 1, that he has a peanut allergy. I’m not sure if I caused it, by eating too many PB&J sandwiches, but wish he didn’t have that problem. My daughter is now 24, & she doesn’t have any food allergies, though.

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