In the last decade or so it seems that more and more people are reporting intolerances to gluten contained in wheat and barley , and the demand for gluten-free foods has increased exponentially. Is it simply that people are no longer happy to put up with the bloating and cramping that gluten has always caused them; or is there something more sinister going on with the grain we consume?

An article posted recently on The Healthy Home Economist blog looked further into the mystery surrounding the recent influx of gluten allergies, and you may be surprised by what you read next…

The writer of the blog, Sarah, had pondered for a while why her husband could eat the wheat that she prepared at home with no problem, but would double up in pain eating a single bread roll in a restaurant.

So what’s going on with our grain?

There will be a host of complex reasons why there is this growing intolerance. When Sarah looked into it she discovered a problem with the way in which the grain is harvested. It seems it is common practice for farmers (other than organic farmers), to spray fields of grain including wheat and barley with a herbicide called Roundup (which contains Glyphosate), 10-14 days before harvesting. Roundup dessicates the grain, making it easier to harvest, particularly in wet summers.

The Food Standards Agency reports that the use of Roundup as a wheat dessicant in UK farming results in glyphosate regularly showing up in bread samples. The practice of using Roundup to dessicate grain may produce an easier and greater yield for the farmer, but many governments are now starting to wake up to the fact that this farming practice has a detrimental effect on the health of consumers.

If you’re concerned about the effects of your own wheat and barley consumption then you may want to consider switching to a gluten free or organic diet (or both). Organic farmers do not use herbicides on their crops. Most supermarkets now stock a fantastic and ever-growing range of gluten free products so it’s easier than ever to switch to bread and sweet treats that won’t irritate your gut.

Go gluten free this Christmas with Peelham Farm

Here at Peelham Farm we pride ourselves on producing the finest quality organic meats from our own farmed livestock. As well as organic cuts of meat, we also supply high quality gluten free sausages and burgers too. Our butchery is actually wheat-free. Our gluten free sausages, sausage meat and burgers are completely grain-free and made only with our meat and herbs and spices to make a delicious range to choose from.

Our Organic Gluten Free Christmas Hamper, pictured above, contains everything you need for an organic conscience-free Christmas that won’t irritate your stomach! The spiced beef joint, dry cured gammon, sausage meat, chipolatas, bacon, salami, and chorizo will provide enough organic, gluten-free meat for up to two meals, depending on how many guests you have on Christmas day of course! Tart up your turkey with our gluten free sausage meat, and enjoy the best pigs in blankets you’ve ever tasted!