Long ago, before the conveniences we have now, people traveled to different places to find food. They would eat whatever grew wild. When the population began to increase however, and more and more food was harder to find, the travelers had to figure out how to grow the food themselves. So they had to settle down.
Wheat could probably have been one of the first plants to be cultivated, on account of how well it adapts to harsh environments this seems probable. After it was discovered you could grow wheat, considerable changes started taking place. People realized they could grow their own food, so they no longer needed to wander in search of it. The stable food supply caused people to begin settling permanently.
The travelers became farmers, and as the growing of wheat increased, so did the farmer’s knowledge. They began to make the wheat easier to grow, eat, and cook. Gradually they started choosing kernels from their best wheat plants for the next years’ planting. This ultimately ended up delivering better crops and better quality of wheat that was passed down from one generation to the next. Wheat quickly became one of the world’s most essential crops. To this day it is grown on more land area worldwide than any other crop!
It has been said that the first evidence of wheat was discovered in the Middle East. When farmers started yielding enough crops to feed people from other lands, trading between the miscellaneous lands and cultures began. Later on wheat made it’s way from the Middle East to England and other countries, then into the United States with Columbus back in the late 1400s and early 1500s. Over time, the growing of wheat spread to many continents and countries and is still one of the highest producing crops in the world.
All of the wheat grains were eaten or ground whole with the bran, germ, and endosperm parts of the wheat still intact. However, a new way of mass refining and milling took hold in the wheat business when the industrialization wave hit America in the later 1800s. These manufacturers started removing the bran and germ from the wheat, because it meant that the wheat products could sit longer on grocery store shelves without spoiling. However, during this process almost all the essential vitamins and minerals (not to mention the dietary fiber from the bran) were removed. Since that time there have been increasingly more health problems throughout America and other countries.
Whole wheat has the attention of nutrition experts of today. They have seen how the entire kernel contains fiber, healthy phytochemicals and nutrients that are essential for good health. People long before out time used to eat wheat this way, and in most cases they lived longer than we do now! We need to get back to eating wheat in it’s natural form, whole.