I know this subject has been covered by writers big and small. You've likely heard arguments for and against eating bread, and maybe you are even still undecided about whether or not you should bother quitting bread and other gluten containing foods.
First, it's not just about the gluten, but also about WGA (wheat germ agglutinin) and opioid peptides.
Opioid peptides have been linked to schizophrenia (although not conclusively). They can also cause an addiction to wheat, as they are a chemical similar to opiate drugs.
WGA (wheat germ agglutinin) is a lectin found in wheat, that can damage the mucus membrane of the gut. It can cause inflammation, premature cell death, leaky gut, and other conditions. It is also believed that WGA could be a contributor to Vitamin D deficiency (bad news for someone like me, living in the Pacific Northwest!).
And finally, our old friend, gluten, causes inflammation in the gut, and our leaky guts will actually let the gluten proteins enter the blood stream, and wreak all kinds of havoc in your body. You could potentially even develop autoimmune diseases, as gliadin (a gluten protein) actually resembles other proteins in your pancreas and thyroid. Antibodies can attack those organs and cause things like hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes.
Now, in Nutritional Therapy we learn that properly prepared grains can still be beneficial to you, and that bioindividuality plays a big role in how you are able to digest certain foods.
What does this mean?
Let's start with bioindividuality. Assuming, your ancestors ate a diet consisting solely of greens, berries, and meat, chances are you will have a higher likelihood of a gluten sensitivity for example. Weston A. Price, a dentist of the 1930s traveled the world and found that tribes not only survived but thrived on varying diets. The tribe in the Swiss alps may have eaten mostly bread from soaked, sprouted, and even fermented grains, cheese, raw milk, and other animal products, whereas a tribe in Africa may have eaten mostly roots, vegetables, and lean meat. All of them were healthy, strong, had great teeth, and did not suffer from the modern Western ailments that people in the United States suffered from even back in the 30s.
Having said that, our grains can no longer be compared to the ancient grains our ancestors ate. So, keep that in mind as you make a decision about what you're about to put into your body.
Secondly, soaking and sprouting. Why is it so important? Soaking and sprouting will make the grains more digestible by removing (or at least decreasing) lectin and other antinutrients. So, if grains and legumes are an important part of your life, then I highly recommend proper preparation of them. Here is a great Guide to Soaking and Sprouting, which will explain everything in great detail. It's really not that difficult. So, don't be scared.
Ultimately, the decision is yours.
I found that gluten (or maybe it's the WGA or the opioid peptides or all three of them) is not my friend. I've recently received a peace offering from someone. "Stollen" bites. Stollen is a German Christmas treat, that I absolutely love and miss dearly. Since it was a peace offering, I decided I needed to at least eat some of it. The reward followed the next morning, when I woke up with severe cramps and bloating, which lasted for 5 days! I felt absolutely miserable, and frankly, it kind of ruined my Christmas.
My truth is, that I cannot eat gluten. And I will not eat gluten ever again. I don't care if it's a peace offering from the Queen of England. It is absolutely not worth it. Not short term (pain and suffering) and certainly not long term (leaky gut and autoimmune diseases).