Hybridization is the cross breeding of two different species of plants. For many years, scientists manipulated and rearranged the genetic makeup of plants and seeds, trying to create a more tolerant, resistant form of grain. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the modern hybrid crop industry (aka the biotech grain) was born.
Hybridized wheat was developed to create a bigger faster growing crop yield, and to increase the percentage of gluten. Wheat has also been hybridized to make the gluten more glutinous: to make bigger, fluffier, spongier breads that are more profitable to the farmer and baker, but much less healthy for the consumer. The gluten of modern wheat is so sticky and gluey, that our digestive systems have a hard time breaking it down and expelling it from the body. Essentially, it tears apart our gut lining, causing digestive ailments, food allergies, autoimmune diseases and general inflammation. Additionally, when wheat is refined, the bran, which aids in digestion, has been removed. It's not surprising that wheat is causing numerous disorders, rather than promoting health.
Because of the many health problems associated with modern wheat, ancient heirloom grains such as KAMUT and EINKORN should replace modern wheat. Ancient grains are grains that are still in their natural form and have not been touched by modern day science as of yet. . Compared to modern wheat, they have a lower gluten content and are easier and healthier for digestion. They provide a larger array of vitamins and minerals. They have 40% more protein than regular wheat, and up to 65% more amino acids. They have 215% more lutein, They are also higher in micronutrients and antioxidants.
Ancient grains and seeds have retained their nutritional value and rich taste.
For this reason, the ideal bread would contain a combination of different grains and seeds. Emmer, spelt, and kamut each offer their own individual unique set of nutrients. By combining these different grains, each bread loaf would provide a more complete array of vitamins and minerals, necessary to meet our daily nutritional requirements. In addition, with this combination of ancient grains, consumers can enjoy the delicious, unique, flavor, and texture our ancestors used to love.