I have had an intolerance to wheat since I was a little girl. My teen girls are now seeing problems with the same. Therefore, we stay away from wheat and gluten.
As a nutritionist, I have studied about wheat and gluten. Since you've done some research, you may have found this already but I'll mention in case you haven't. Since the 1950s, wheat and other grain crops have changed drastically due to being genetically modified. It seemed to be a good thing for farmers and food manufacturers to do at the time as it wasn't long before that the U.S. came out of the depression. Genetically modifying crops helped to sustain them. It was a success and has continued since. It's been over 60 years since modification began, and progression took place more and more (especially over the last 20 years). Our grain crops have changed so much that the gluten in these foods have been altered so much that it's wreaking havoc on the human body. This is why Celiac's disease and gluten intolerance has exponentially multiplied over recent years. It was less than one percent back in the 1950s. Statistics are now showing that the disease and intolerance may be affecting more than 80 percent of the American people. With that being said, we are one of the few first world countries allowing genetically modified foods to be sold. Most other first world countries in Asia, the European Union, and South America won't even allow it; they have placed a ban on these crops/foods.