Short question: Would a beginner understand Robb's chapter on grains and be able to explain why gluten is bad? (Using direct quotes only from the book as a resource.)
I'm specifically questioning the grains chapter because that is the content most contrary to conventional wisdom. I'd like to be able to recommend the book to friends and family but after finishing the chapter I had a "What just happened?" moment. The full chapter is available here: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/09/19/paleo-diet-solution/
I was expecting a clear explanation on the evils of gluten, similar to what Robb delivers in his podcast, but instead I felt like I was reading something that was hacked to pieces by an editor. Can anyone find direct quotes from the chapter explaining why gluten specifically is "evil"? There's plenty of talk about lectins but where does he make the specific gluten/lectin connection? From the chapter I understand why lectins are bad and they need to be avoided in some gluten-free foods as well. But what's the argument against gluten? Or do I have the reading comprehension of a caveman?
Here are some additional quotes that are bugging me:
"Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye oats, and barley." pg 84
What are rye oats? Is there a comma missing? A sidebar mentions that oats don't contain gluten but do contain similar proteins.
"...wheat, rye, barley, and millet, which are the gluten-containing grains..." pg 88 (The version posted online doesn't include "millet" in that sentence. But millet is still included in the online chapter under "Celiac")
"...gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and millet." pg 90
"Millet is similar to oats, in that it contains a protein only a few amino acids different from gliadin (the main problem in gluten)" (I don't see this sentence in the book, it's added to the online version.)
What the what? Gluten is found in "rye oats"? Gluten is not found in oats but oats contain similar proteins? Gluten is found in millet? Or millet just has similar proteins?
"celiac...is an autoimmune disease caused by gluten"
"celiac is an autoimmune disease caused by lectins" pg 90
Huh? If you didn't have a background in the paleo diet would this make sense to you?