I've been eating paleo for the past 6 months or so because I've always wanted to be the most healthy version of myself and I think paleo really helped me achieve that. Paleo gave me a good understanding of what it really means to eat "healthy", something I was very confused about before. Seed oils, excess fructose, all make perfect sense to me, but the one thing I'm not totally sold on is wheat, specifically processed wheat bread which is what I use to consume on a daily basis but don't anymore. Every once in a while I'll have some and handle it just fine, but I've been abstaining from it recently because I really wanted to see if avoiding it does give me any benefits, which it didn't seem to. I don't have any reaction to wheat whatsoever, as far as digestion, mood, or energy levels go. So what the average person would say then is, "well go ahead and have wheat bread if you feel fine after consuming it", which would be an easy solution.
What I've learned though, is that there doesn't necessarily have to be a short term symptom for something to be dangerous to our health and that n=1 doesn't really mean anything in the context of health. I think it was Kurt Harris who explained how a smoker will feel great after a cigarette, but down the line that same cigarette that made them feel great will give them lung cancer.
So I guess what I'm asking is,
1. Is wheat something that has been proven to be detrimental to a person's health, specifically in the long term? In what ways specifially does it cause long term problems?
2. It may sound like a crazy question, but in something like store bought wheat bread, has it been so processed that in fact the toxins that are harmful to humans long term (I agree that any wheat bread will be problematic in someone with gluten allergies or celiac) that were originally present in the wheat have been destroyed? That the bread is somewhat benign when compared to crude wheat? During my bread eating days it seemed I almost felt a bit better after consuming the stuff that was more processed than the "whole grain" breads.
I understand that wheat bread is certainly not a nutritious food, I'm aware of that. This question is in the context of someone who doesn't need to worry about weight gain though, and could even benefit from putting a few pounds on, and wheat bread is an extremely convenient source of carbs for me. That's really the only reason I would care at this point to include it in my diet... convenience. If there is in fact reasonable evidence to exclude processed wheat bread from my diet though, I will just keep avoiding it.