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Wheat is one of the first cereals known to have been domesticated, and wheat's ability to self-pollinate greatly facilitated the selection of many distinct domesticated varieties. The archaeological record suggests that this first occurred in the regions known as the Fertile Crescent, and the Nile Delta. Recent findings narrow the first domestication of wheat down to a small region of southeastern Turkey, and domesticated Einkorn wheat at Nevalı Çori—40 miles (64 km) northwest of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey—has been dated to 9,000 B.C.E. However evidence for the exploitation of wild barley has been dated to 23,000 B.C.E. and some say this is also true of pre-domesticated wheat. Origin
100 grams of hard red winter wheat contain about 12.6 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of total fat, 71 grams of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 grams of dietary fiber, and 3.2 mg of iron (17% of the daily requirement); the same weight of hard red spring wheat contains about 15.4 grams of protein, 1.9 grams of total fat, 68 grams of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 grams of dietary fiber, and 3.6 mg of iron (20% of the daily requirement). Much of the carbohydrate fraction of wheat is starch. Wheat starch is an important commercial product of wheat, but second in economic value to wheat gluten. The principal parts of wheat flour are gluten and starch. These can be separated in a kind of home experiment, by mixing flour and water to form a small ball of dough, and kneading it gently while rinsing it in a bowl of water. The starch falls out of the dough and sinks to the bottom of the bowl, leaving behind a ball of gluten. In wheat, phenolic compounds are mainly found in the form of insoluble bound ferulic acid and be relevant to resistance to wheat fungal diseases. Alkylresorcinols are phenolic lipids present in high amounts in the bran layer (e.g. pericarp, testa and aleurone layers) of wheat and rye (0.1-0.3 % of dry weight). Nutritional importance of wheat
Originally posted by darkstar226
reply to post by XxNightAngelusxX
I looked into the Paleo diet a couple years ago but didn't go much further because it is very, very restrictive. Unless you are dead set with strong willpower it would be a very difficult diet to follow.
That said, I'm now vegetarian, so it wouldn't work for me now anyway. However, being a vegetarian I've learned that following restrictions in diets isn't really that hard after all.
I still think this is a really interesting diet and I like the idea behind it. I think as long as you make an effort to purchase your meat from local (preferably), ethical, organic/humane and sustainable farms, then you would be doing your body (and the Earth) a great service.