12 Photos That Look Like They Were Taken on a Different Planet

The world is full of wonders and amazingly breathtaking places that leave us in utter confusion about whether they even exist or are from some other planet. Here are some pictures of some places which will leave you wonderstruck.

Our first picture is about the sister volcanoes in Oregon, USA. They are known as the South Sister or Charity, Middle Sister or Hope and North Sister or Faith respectively. One can also see a Green Lake and a massive Newberry lava flow, making the place more beautiful.


Now let me tell you that this is one of the coolest attractions which is least known to the Nevada people. It is located in the Nevada’s the Black Rock Desert. The photographer has made this place look like magical locations shown in Disney movies.


Looking at this picture, I have made up my mind to visit Russia soon. This wonder is actually located in Southern Siberia and accounts to be the world’s largest freshwater lake and even the deepest. The photographer has made this lake look like a fairy world. It looks like a paradise!


This Continent is a paradise in itself. With penguins and almost no human civilization, this place is still safe from human barbarism. This picture by Martin Bailey just attracts attention in a go.


This beach buzzes in the month of July and August and remains totally calm with fewer people the whole year. The picture just looks like another wonder from the fairy movies and magical lands.


Have you ever heard about the wonderful artificial lake, Abraham Lake in Canada? Let me tell you it is one of the finest things you will ever see. Hidden amidst the Canadian Rocky Mountains, it is a heaven for all those who want a break from this noisy world and do not like commercial vacations. It is somewhat a soothing place. You may have guessed that from the amazing picture by Emmanuel Coupe Kalomiris. The photographer has just nailed it.


Take your time and savor this picture. Yes! These rainbow colored mountains are not photoshopped and are very much real. These colors are because of the mineral deposits and red sandstone over 24 millions years ago. Apart from a beautiful culture and girls, China seems to win in terms of amazing natural heritage too as these mountains were declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.


If you want to have some real winter fun, visit the ice covered caves in Wisconsin, USA. Otherwise accessible by boats in summer, they become super great ice caves in winter as the lake freezes. You can see streaks of ice hung up from the cave ceilings. And above all, the lake looks just wonderful when you walk above it. And photography level, ten out of ten.


No! It is not at all a painting and nor is it an attention driving photoshopped picture but is a photograph of the desert in Namibia. It has one of the harshest weather conditions.


This lake is an art of nature and looks amazing with its Rose color. No! It is not something artificial and the presence of some algae and high concentration of salt makes it pink. Amazing picture, though.


These waterfalls got their name after Christianity was declared as the official religion of Iceland and the statues of Narse pagan gods were thrown into the waterfalls and hence came to be known as ‘waterfalls of the Gods’. The place looks like a magical wonderland.


This might just look a very unreal photo but trust me, it is as real as it can get. You can witness this piece of beauty at the Faroe Islands.



10 text messages that could only have been sent by parents

Parents are the best thing that has ever happened to us, they sacrifice their dreams to help us achieve ours. They provide us with the best of everything. However, when it comes to technology and adapting to it, they fall short a little. And those instances tend to be hilarious.

Here, we have consolidated a list of messages that only a parent could send.


Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Lessons learned!



The daughter forgot her mom might be old now, but she was once young too. So I guess, she should come up with other alternatives to get what she wants.


If catching the attention of her dad was this hard, how harder would it be to keep him interested in a conversation.


One of the best justifications ever for a messed up room. He is just trying to justify and escape from something he doesn’t want to admit.


It is always a good idea to delete the phone’s history before passing on to someone, else you will just end up in an awkward situation like this dad here.


You don’t have to hover on your children with phone calls, you have text messages to do that now.


Always a good idea to give your parents a complete tutorial of the phone before getting them one.


Be careful as to whom you add in your text groups. Else you might have to pay the ultimate bribe.


Never let anyone get your wife a costlier gift than yours. Else you would have to hear about it for the rest of your life.


I don’t care what you do, as far as you wear that cap!




11 Before and Afters Showing the Power of Makeup

Air, water, shelter, and clothing were the basic necessities of a person.But, now we need to add makeup to that list too. Everyone these days are caught up with the makeup trend. Without any exception, the application of makeup enhances and alters a person’s appearance.

Here we have consolidated a list exclusively for you to show the power of makeup and how its application alters a person’s image.

Although this girl from South Korea is naturally beautiful the application of makeup brings out her features and makes her look beautiful.


Are dark circles bogging you down? Then, just have a look at this picture, not only her dark circles are covered to perfection, with a little help from makeup her eyes are enhanced beautifully too.


Not only does makeup make you look more beautiful, it hides your imperfections as well.


With a little makeup, she has enlarged her eyes beautifully and pumped up the look of lips as well.


This Russian beauty has her eyes all dolled up with makeup which helps bring out the color of her eyes.


With the help of makeup, she looks younger and more youthful.


Her blemishes are swiped away and her eyes look more enhanced. The girl next door look is behind her now.


Makeup is not only making her look sophisticated but more youthful too.



See for yourself to believe how with the power of makeup, you can help someone look younger than their real age.


Makeup has transformed this person from a plain Jane to a more stylish and beautiful person.

Makeup has helped her cover her blemishes and transformed her to an absolute stunner. This is one amazing makeover.




11 Dumbest Statements By Famous Celebrities That Are Hard To Believe

Celebrities are our global style icons and trendsetters. There are lots of us who are crazy about our favorite celebrities and follow their moves with the help of various social medias.However, it is not advisable to follow their leads when it comes to using our brains.

To know why check out this list of dumb and stupid statements made by celebrities which are hard to believe.

“I’m so mature now. I’m a grown-up version of myself.”


“I won’t go into a big spiel about reincarnation, but the first time I was in the Gucci store in Chicago was the closest I’ve ever felt to home.”


“Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!”


“How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real.”


“I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.”


“I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.”

6: Wow, Britney Spears is so lucky


“I spoke to a girl today who had cancer and we were talking about how this is such a hard thing for her, but it taught her a big lesson on who her friends are and so much about life. She’s 18. And I was like, that’s how I feel.”

11: Kim Kardashian is officially the topper of this list


“Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you’d bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I’d be the talk of the day.”

“I think I just love that gay people generally have great taste and are fabulous… and I think I’m the same!”


“I have a nipple obsession and personally love when women show their nipples; perhaps I was a member of a nudist colony in my last life.”


“Twenty-three is old. It’s almost 25, which is like almost mid-20s.”


Restaurant Health Inspectors And Employees Reveal The Worst Health Violations They’ve Ever Witnessed

How many of us really cook at home? It’s either we are busy, lazy or just not knowing how to cook leads us straight to those restaurant doors.But did you know not all your favorite restaurants follow the health and hygienic codes?

Here we have compiled a list of the worst health violations ever witnessed.

“My favorite Chinese restaurant got shut down. My ex-wife worked for the city and I asked her what was the deal. She said the health inspectors found something leaking from the ceiling. They lifted the ceiling tile and shined a flash light and saw multiple eyes staring back at them. Turns out, they were raising chickens in the ceiling and chicken CRAP was dripping in the food that I had been eating at least once a week.”



My friend was inspecting a restaurant – walked out the back to find a man stirring a huge pot of curry. With his arm. No spoon or anything, just up to his hairy elbows in curry.

#9 Never curry...


My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th-century bakery. The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, “Honestly, this never happens.”

They passed the health inspection.

The coffee/ice cream shop next door was shut down out of nowhere and we were all shocked because they were pretty busy. Health inspector came in one day and manager asked why it was shut down. Health inspector proceeded to tell my manager that he walked in unannounced early one morning before the shop opened, only to find the owner jerking off behind the counter by the ice cream.

#7 Can't unsee what I just pictured..


I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant for my first job at 16. One night we were cleaning up after closing as usual. I uncorked my sink just as we wrapped and left to do something else. As I stepped away, the waitress said, “You’re sink’s leaking.”

I turned around to find brown sludge pouring out of the bottom of the sink. Not just that one but also the sink in the food prep area. The whole kitchen flooded with what I soon discovered to be…

Sewage, complete with poopy bits and toilet paper. It rose up so high I was literally ankle deep in CRAP.

The waitress bailed and called her ex-boyfriend, the cooks climbed like spidermen out of the kitchen, and my manager locked herself in her office. I stood alone, 16 years old working my first job, and ankle deep in poop with a squeegee in hand. I mopped that kitchen until past midnight.

When I got home, I walked in like I’d been blasted by napalm. The next morning my boss called me in early. The damn restaurant opened the next day and served food like there wasn’t poop everywhere. Hell, when I showed up there was still solid poop in the drains.

I quit soon after and didn’t return for a long time. When I finally did pass by the place was closed for health violations. I wonder why.

#6 Not a good job memory


When I went to Culinary School one of professors made the statement “If you want to know how clean a restaurant’s kitchen is go to bathroom first before you are seated…if the bathroom is dirty there is a good chance the kitchen is in the same condition.”

#5 A tip to remember


My uncle is a health inspector in rural Australia. He got several complaints about a fish n chips SHOP in a small town in Victoria, with reports of it being a bit grotty and people getting chunks of hair in their hot chips.

So he rocks up one day unannounced on a blazing hot day in the middle of summer, and the owner greets him and shows him around wearing a white singlet top with sweat patches under the arms, short shorts and no SHOES. This guys body was covered in hair. Not just on his arms and chest, but his back and neck were like a werewolf. Clearly, this must be the source of the hair in the chips. My uncle decides to make a tactful comment about having wear appropriate clothes when working, so as to protect against hot oil burns.

#4 Tact

Not a health inspector but my mom used to work at this restaurant where the owner just did not care at all. It was a Mexican restaurant and my mom told me that once a lady came in asking for Caldo de res (beef soup) but they didn’t have anymore meat (at least not the one used for that dish). They were about to let the lady know when the owner stepped up and told the lady that her food would be right out. The server and my mom were both confused as to what she was going to do.

Well this lady goes and literally DIGS THROUGH THE TRASH and pulls out some beef (some still with bone) she then ran it through water, cooked it and served it to that poor lady. My mom says the lady was even sucking the bone and she almost felt sick watching. My mom quit that job soon after.

So, my husband was a health inspector. Here are my two favorite stories:

He once did an inspection in a southern style place. While inspecting the fridge, he noticed they had cat food in there. Whiskas cat food. He was preparing to talk to the owner about not feeding strays, but instead she began talking about how she got a good DEAL on a pallet and no one could tell the difference. Yeah, she was using it in the tuna melt sand which. That place was known for its tuna melt.

Second one: he got a complaint about a pizza delivery place. The complaint was that someone’s acrylic nail was on the pizza when it arrived. The person brought the fingernail to the health dept in a bag. It was ornate, painted with flowers, etc. he goes to the pizza place, begins explaining the situation to the manager. She says “uh huh, ain’t nobody around here lost their nail”. He looks at her hand and sees the other nine matching nails.

He says you should never eat anywhere with less than an A rating.

#2 Nothing is safe...


Not a health inspector, but someone in my city repainted their floor with non slip paint and literally painted over a dead rat, sealing it in there.

And to top it off, it was in the middle of the kitchen, not under a bench or anything similar.

#1 No more take outs!

11 Of The Greatest Photoshop Battles That Will Make You Chuckle

You might have seen several Photoshop Battles on the internet over the years. But this time we have come up with a collection of some best Photoshop Battles.

A few popular Redditors have brought forth their wildest imaginations to come up with 11 amazing pictures along with their hilarious edits.

The original picture showing a cat that looks identical to a pillow looks funny, but Reddit user Jackie_McMackie took things to next level. He transformed it into the cover of a popular book, Animorphs, which anyone from the 90s will easily recall.

The most popular star from Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio might have found a way to hide from paparazzi, but Photoshop Battle has successfully caught him. This is seriously an awesome edit.

Hats off to this lazy cat trying to slide off a couch in the picture on the left, which was brought to an idea of 3D VHS by one Reddit user, RexLeou.

With this dog-friendly gate in the left picture, one can easily get a glimpse of another side, but SkulkiBones has offered some incredible photoshop edits to this picture.

He turned these gawking dogs into gun-wielding bank robbers and won over the competition.


Awesome photoshop hilarity with President Donald Trump when trying to close his pen got swapped into two toy dinosaurs.

A group of squirrel monkeys is trying to prepare Capybara for a big race. Ha! Ha! Ha!

Another Reddit user, DeathSludge, creatively turned this entry of the road’s judgiest alpaca into a funniest television’s courtroom adjudicator Judge Judy.

A wildlife photographer showed his best to transform a picture of guilty leopard into a hungry thief.

This quokka’s snide reaction has set a house on fire.

A little girl appearing to command a fleet of kites seems an epic one without the help of any photoshop edit. But, user chinspire has found a way to take this epic scene to a next level.

The girl seems so scared like the monkey is about to throw her of this large rock.

11 Places On Earth You Are Not Allowed To Visit

This amazing world has wonders unexplored. Many of us want to visit every nook and corner of this world but the sad news is that there a number of places that hit the list of being prohibited to be visited. Let’s have a look at some of them.

This is a super secretive base located in North Yorkshire. Something that catches attention is its domes, also known as golf balls which house electronic equipment to monitor communication between Europe and the Middle East. It is said to be the world’s largest spying and electronic base.


Well! This one’s a bit creepy. The Bohemian club was found in 1872 by some reporters who wanted to build a community of where the art of all types could be appreciated. Today, the elite class of artists meets at the club. No outsiders and women are allowed in the club. What will freak you out are the rituals that were captured by a Texas-based filmmaker, Alex Jones.


Imagine yourself in middle of 4,000 world’s deadliest snakes with venom that could melt your flesh. Yes! The snake island, also known as s what awaits you if you travel to Ilha de Queimada Grande,20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Sao Paolo, Brazil, which is home to the golden lancehead viper. It is so dangerous that the Brazilian government has officially banned visitors from visiting it.


The 125-year-old Coca-Cola has been our all time favorite. The summers are shared with this awesome drink. But the recipe of this drink has been guarded in a vault that is said to be one of the world’s most secured vault and only the sacred ones are allowed to visit it. Now we know why this drink tastes so ultra special.


There is this another place you cannot visit.
US government has a lot of gold which is kept secured in Fort Knox a US Army post that lies on the land of 1,09,000 acres in Northern Kentucky. It has a Gold Vault of 22-ton blast-proof door, granite walls, and bombproof roof. Also, this US Army post is guarded by 30,000 soldiers and flotilla of attack helicopters. So, are you estimating the gold it houses?


This is one of the most important vaults for the future of mankind. This vault lies on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole. It preserves the largest collection of seeds to be used in case of an apocalyptic event or global catastrophe. Countries which have lent seeds are also not allowed to visit it. It is very much guarded.

Vatican secret archives are actually Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, a library where only distinguished and master scholars are allowed to visit. It is said that the authorities fool us by saying that it contains letters of alien contacts, but in reality holds private letters and documents of people like Abraham Lincoln, historic records about the popes of the past four centuries.

Pine Gap in Central Australia is operated by the Australian government and Central Intelligence Agency. It is one of the most important intelligence facility outside the United States. It is in real run by both Australia and the United States and its actual name is Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap and provides information of early warning of ballistic missile launches.

Lascaux Cave is known as “the prehistoric Sistine Chapel.” The caves are just a historic wonder with paintings made by Paleolithic people some 17,000 years ago. It was discovered on September 12, 1940, by a group of friends. By 1948, the site had been opened to visitors and by 1955 the heat, carbon dioxide and other contaminants produced by the public became the reason for the visible damage to the paintings. By 1963, the place was closed for the public to preserve the art. Ever since, no common person is allowed to visit the caves, wonder caves.

Disney Club 33 is an ultra high society, very expensive club and secret club at two of the Disney park. It opened in May 1967 for Disney corporates and now is opened only for the world’s highest elites like the US members, actors, and other industry captains. Okay! So gear up yourself for very much hard work and set yourself to hit the elite list if you want to be there, ever.

Our Google securities are not as simple as you might think. As Area 51 and Pine Gap, the Google Datacenter too hits the list of the most secured and inaccessible areas.

Man Sells Pens On The Streets To Survive. Then A Stranger Snaps This Photo Of His Daughter

Food, clothes, and shelter are the three basic things needed to survive in this harsh world. And sometimes, it feels really disgusting to see a human being running after them. We all are well versed with Syria’s situation these days. Recently, a picture demonstrating Syria’s situation has gone viral and has set a lot of people’s heart on fire.

Abdul Halim al-Attar, a Palestinian from the devastated Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria is the main hero in the viral picture. After being displaced by the conflicting situation around him, he from Syria with his family to start a new life. But, with a difficult phase of transition in life, his wife ended up in the mid-way of their crucial journey.

Despite the fact that Abdul’s wife had left him alone with his 4-year-old daughter, he was fully determined to not to return to Syria. He knew that there was no place for his little kid to grow peacefully.

In an attempt to support his family, Abdul, a single father did something extraordinary for his family. On the streets of Beirut, he was seen holding up pens on a roadside on the southern outskirts of Damascus while holding his sleeping four-year-old daughter, Reem.

While following up his daily routine, one day a stranger, Gissur Simonarson captured a photo of Abdul carrying his daughter, Reem.

That stranger, being the founder of Conflict News posted those pictures on a crowd funding page to help spread the world about the duo with the hope of raising money for them online. And, suddenly the page got flooded with ample of requests to help that man.

One such picture taken by Simonarson ended up changing Abdul and his daughter’s life forever. Simonarson’s fundraising effort successfully ended up raising over $200,000 to help the duo and similar new refugees in Lebanon.

This money changed everything for Abdul and he was able to provide food and shelter for his family.

The Hidden Danger of Glyphosate (Roundup) Sprayed In Our Parks and Playgrounds!

Families flock to parks and playgrounds as a special place to take children–especially in the summertime. Most parents are careful to prevent injuries from the usual risks like falls from swings or ladders. But there is an invisible risk that can have lasting health impact:  many parks, playgrounds, and even schoolyards, have been doused with glyphosate—the herbicide better known as Roundup that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified as probably carcinogenic to humans.

This is all in the quest to control weeds. A generation ago, people pulled unwanted weeds and got exercise while they were at it. Today, we see homeowners, landscaping crews, and grounds workers spraying Roundup everywhere.

Made by Monsanto, it is actually no secret about where Roundup is used. An article in Scientific American quoted Monsanto spokesman, John Combest, as saying, “Roundup has one of the most extensive human health safety and environmental data packages of any pesticide that’s out there. It’s used in public parks, it’s used to protect schools. There’s been a great deal of study on Roundup, and we’re very proud of its performance.”

The problem is, how can you know where Roundup is used? A New York City-based activist performance collective known as Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir has used the Freedom of Information Act to get public records of where Roundup has been sprayed in public areas. They sent 210 FOIA requests to school districts, state, county, and city parks departments across the U.S. They are using this information to compile glyphosate spraying data for areas adjacent to parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards. They have created a U.S. Map of Poisoned Parks and Playgrounds where the toxic spray has been used.  You can zoom in on the map to see where FOIA data has reported spraying. From Harlem Lane Playground in Manhattan to Brookhaven Elementary School in Placentia, California there are hundreds of map markers across the country.

Check out this video by Reverend Billy explaining how they gathered the data and what they went through to get it.

Right now there are city-specific maps for New York, Seattle-Tacoma, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Portland. The project is ongoing and your city might be next so that you can consult a map next time you are planning an outing with your children!

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Why Modern Wheat is Worse Than Older Wheat


Wheat is a highly controversial food these days. On one hand, we’ve got people telling us that it is extremely harmful, with one doctor calling it poison. Then on the other hand, we’ve got dietitians and the government telling us that whole wheat is an essential part of a “balanced” diet.

Well… one inescapable fact is that humans have been consuming wheat, in one form or another, for thousands of years. It is an old food… and most diet-related diseases are relatively new.

Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to blame old wheat for these new health problems. However… it’s important to realize that wheat today is not the same as it was a thousand, one hundred or even 60 years ago.

How Has Wheat Changed?

Wheat today is completely different from the wheat we ate back in the day.

First of all, it is processed differently. New techniques in grain processing in the late 19th century made it possible to create massive amounts of refined wheat for a low cost.

We are now able to separate the nutritious components of the grain (the bran and germ) away from the endosperm, where most of the starchy carbs are contained.

This led to an obvious reduction in nutrient density and gave refined wheat the ability to spike blood sugar very fast.

But we also used to prepare our grains differently. They were soaked, sprouted, fermented and bread was baked using slow rise yeast.

Sprouting and fermenting grains leads to many beneficial effects. It increases the amino acid lysine, reduces anti-nutrients (like phytic acid and lectins), disables enzyme inhibitors and makes nutrients more accessible (12345).

Today, the flour is bleached and the bread is baked with quick rise yeast. The grains certainly aren’t soaked, sprouted or fermented.

Based on these factors alone, it is clear that the bread and pasta we are eating today is very different from the traditionally prepared wheat we have been eating for thousands of years.
Bottom Line: Wheat is processed and prepared differently these days, which makes it less nutritious and more harmful than traditionally prepared wheat.

Today’s Wheat is Genetically and Biologically Different

The plants that wheat is made from are not all the same.

There are different breeds of wheat… just like there are many different breeds of dogs (a Chihuahua is very different from a German Shepherd, for example).

Back in the day, we used to consume ancient varieties like Emmer, Einkorn and Kamut.

However, almost all of the wheat eaten today is high-yield dwarf wheat, which was developed by cross-breeding and crude genetic manipulation around the year 1960.

Dwarf wheat has shorter stems and a much greater yield. Therefore it is much, much cheaper than the older varieties and more economically feasible.

The benefits of a high-yield crop are obvious, but we are now learning that there were some major downsides to this as well.

Specifically, modern wheat has some subtle but important differences in its nutrient and protein composition.
Bottom Line: Modern wheat was introduced around the year 1960. It was developed via cross-breeding and crude genetic manipulation, which changed the nutrient and protein composition of the plant.

Modern Wheat is Less Nutritious

The Broadbalk Wheat Experiment is one of the longest running scientific studies in history.

Since the year 1843, the scientists have grown different strains of wheat and analyzed various factors, including nutrient composition.

From 1843 until about 1960, the nutrients in wheat didn’t change much.

However, from the year 1960, which coincides with the introduction of modern wheat, the nutrient content starts trending downwards.

Concentrations of Zinc, Copper, Iron and Magnesium were 19-28% lower in the years 1968-2005, compared to 1845-1967 (6).

At the same time, there was no evidence that the soil had changed. So it is clearly something about the nature of modern wheat that makes it less nutritious than the older varieties.

Another study that also compared different strains of wheat found that the older varieties contained significantly more Selenium (7).

Given how incredibly widespread wheat consumption really is, it is easy to see how this may have contributed to nutrient deficiencies.
Bottom Line: Modern wheat is less nutritious than old wheat. The amount of minerals like Zinc, Copper, Iron and Magnesium has decreased by 19-28%.

Modern Wheat is Much More Harmful to Celiac Patients

Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance.

When people with this disease eat wheat, the immune system in the gut mistakenly assumes that the gluten proteins are foreign invaders and mounts an attack.

However… the immune system doesn’t only attack the gluten proteins, it also attacks the gut lining itself, leading to degeneration of the intestinal lining, leaky gut, massive inflammation and various harmful effects (8).

Celiac disease is serious business… it has been on the rise for decades, increasing about fourfold in the past 45 years. Right now, about 1% of people have celiac disease (910).

Another condition, called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, is believed to be much more common, perhaps afflicting around 6-8% of people (1112).

Gluten is actually not a single protein, it is a family of different proteins and only some of them are recognized by the immune system of celiac patients.

One of the gluten proteins that seems to be problematic is called Glia-α9. One study found that the amount of this protein is significantly higher in modern wheat (13).

Therefore… many researchers have speculated that modern wheat, due to its higher amount of problematic glutens, may be worse for celiac patients than older varieties of wheat.

Interestingly, this has been tested in several studies.

One study compared the effects of Einkorn (old) and modern wheat on intestinal cells from celiac patients. Compared to modern wheat, Einkorn didn’t have any harmful effects (14).

In another study in 12 celiac patients, gluten from Einkorn caused significantly less adverse reactions than modern gluten and was even better tolerated than rice – a gluten-free grain (15)!

The way wheat is prepared may also be important. In one study, sourdough bread(bread made from fermented wheat) did not cause a reaction in celiac patients in the same way as regular bread (16).

Of course, these studies do not suggest that celiac patients should start buying Einkorn wheat or sourdough bread instead. This needs to be studied a lot more before any recommendations can be made.

But what these studies DO suggest is that modern wheat has a unique ability to trigger an auto-immune reaction in the gut and is probably the main reason why celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are on the rise.
Bottom Line: Modern wheat contains more of the problematic glutens and there are some studies showing that older wheat varieties don’t cause a reaction in celiac patients.

Studies Show That Modern Wheat is More Harmful to Healthy People as Well

Pretty much everyone agrees that wheat can be a problem… for celiac patients.

Awareness and acceptance of non-celiac gluten sensitivity has been increasing as well.

But one thing that most skeptics refuse to accept is the possibility that wheat can be harmful for other people as well. That is, people who don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Well… I also found a couple of studies in healthy people.

One of them was published in early 2013. This study compared Kamut (an older variety of wheat) against modern wheat. It was a randomized controlled cross-over trial with 22 healthy participants (17).

The participants consumed either Kamut or modern wheat, for 8 weeks each.

This is what happened to their cholesterol levels and blood mineral content:

As you can see, Kamut wheat caused a reduction in both Total and LDL cholesterol compared to modern wheat. It also increased blood concentrations of potassium and magnesium, while these minerals decreased with the modern wheat.

Kamut also caused a mild reduction in fasting blood sugars (3 mg/dL), but that isn’t shown on the graph.

Here is what happened to inflammatory markers. Excess inflammation in the body is linked to almost every modern disease, including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and many more.

As you can see, Kamut led to a major decrease in some important inflammatory markers (IL-6, IL-12 and TNF-α), while modern wheat did not. In the case of TNF-α, modern wheat caused an increase, although it was not statistically significant.

What this study implies is that Kamut wheat is, at the very least, much “less bad” than modern wheat.

There was also another study that tested an old Italian variety of wheat and noticed significant improvement in blood cholesterol and inflammatory markers compared to modern wheat (18).
Bottom Line: Relative to older wheat varieties, modern wheat has adverse effects on cholesterol, blood mineral content and inflammatory markers, potentially contributing to disease.

Is There Such a Thing as Healthy Wheat Bread?

If you can get your hands on whole grain bread made with Einkorn or some of the older varieties of wheat, then perhaps it can be a part of a healthy diet.

Another way is to make it yourself.

You can dig around and find someone who sells whole wheat grains of the old breed, then you can grind and ferment the wheat and bake your own healthy bread.

Or you could just save yourself the trouble and skip the wheat altogether. There’s no nutrient in it that you can’t get in greater amounts from other foods.

This article is republished from Authority Nutrition and was written by By Kris Gunnars, BSc. Per their terms of use, we may share links to the home page, internal pages or articles. 

Kris Gunnars is CEO and Founder of Authority Nutrition.  Kris is a nutrition researcher with a Bachelor’s degree in medicine. He has spent years reading books, blogs and scientific studies on nutrition Evidence-based nutrition is his passion and he plans to devote his career to informing people about it. He stays fit by lifting weights, taking walks and eating real food.

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