Is Wheat Bad For You?
Over the years, going gluten free has become more and more popular. With gluten-free cookbooks and gluten-free food products, there have never been so many options.
But the question remains whether wheat, the most common source of gluten, is actually bad for you?
Surprisingly, this so-called healthy staple can be quite unhealthy, turning to sugar in the blood stream and elevating sugar levels and toxins in the body. Even it it’s “whole grain”.
Chances are that you’re having a strong reaction right now, or don’t believe what you’re reading. After all, how can wheat be bad for you if it’s so inexpensive and feeds so many people?
It’s clear to know that even though it’s popular, it doesn’t mean that it’s at all healthy; when you are starving or unable to find sufficient nutrients, you may choose less healthful options.
We are talking about is not whether you should choose to starve to death rather than eat bread, but what foods you should generally eat and what you should avoid eating to have the fit healthy body you want.
Is wheat bad for you? Yes.
Why Is Wheat Hard on the Body
The foods which have gluten in them extend beyond wheat, although wheat is one of the most inflammatory. What is important to understand though is that foods with gluten, particularly wheat, have changed over the years through engineering and transformations to make the wheat produce more.
This has altered the fundamental structure and the way that wheat interacts with the body.
Wheat is filled with amylopectin A which translates into dangerous sugar concentration in the blood stream as Mark Hyman points out. In fact, he goes on to state that two slices of whole wheat bread, yes, even supposedly “healthy” whole wheat bread, can raise your blood sugar to the same level as two whole tablespoons of sugar.
I know, you probably thought that whole wheat bread was healthy for you, but just because a food is branded as a health food doesn’t make it so.
Back on the amylopectin A, it not only turns into higher blood sugar but it triggers formation of LDL particles. These dangerous dense particles are one of the highest causes of heart disease in the United States.Most people wrongly assume that lower fat=less heart disease.
In fact, some doctors even encourage this. Dr. Davis reports that this in turn increases blood pressure and cholesterol as some fats are actually good and should be consumed on a regular basis.
But it’s not just the amylopectin A that causes problems. Wheat also has gliadin protein which triggers appetite stimulation. In other words, the more you eat wheat, the more you want to eat. The weight gain is most typically found around the abdomen, triggering the unpleasant nickname “wheat belly.”
This is visceral fat which is often highly inflamed and adds to already heightened blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides.
So one last time, is wheat bad for you?
As hard as this may be to hear, yes it is. If you are not willing to give up wheat entirely, then at least give yourself a trial run. Take two or three weeks and eat nothing with gluten or wheat. Within that period of time, you’ll likely see a variety of improvements:
- Increased energy
- Clearer skin
- Better sleep
- Increased focus and awareness
- Weight loss
- Stronger immune system
- Less pain if you struggle from inflammatory pain or arthritis
- Decreased blood sugar levels
Having been on this path myself, I can tell you that the benefits do in fact increase as you keep going, and it’s important to not cheat. For the best results, give up wheat for three months, but if that seems too difficult, just take it step by step.
You can still create delicious and healthful meals, and you’ll be able to enjoy lots of other delicious foods like chicken, salad, broccoli, beef, and many more.
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Mark Hyman, “Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/wheat-gluten_b_1274872.html (2012).
William Davis, M.D., Wheat Belly.
Isabelle de Los Rios, “Five Foods You Should Never Eat,” Diet Solutions, http://www.thedietsolutionprogram.com/5-foods-to-never-eat?hop=drtremba (2012).