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Is Wheat Bad for You?

Updated on May 30, 2014

Why is Wheat Bad for You?

Since you hear so much about people switching to a wheat-free, gluten-free diet, you might be wondering: "Is wheat bad for you? I thought it was supposed to be healthy!"

The truth is, a wheat-free, gluten-free diet may help you lose weight, cool your allergies, and halt other autoimmune conditions.

Could it be that this "healthy whole grain" is actually causing your weight gain and allergies?

For a detailed explanation, along with stories of lives that have been transformed after switching to a wheat-free diet, pick up a copy of Dr. William Davis' Wheat Belly. Dr. Davis is a cardiologist who has helped many to lose weight and improve health by switching to a wheat-free diet.

The message is simple: wheat elevates blood glucose (sugar) higher than table sugar, it's the most common source of the allergen gliadin, and it's addictive, causing cravings and binging that lead to weight gain.


Wheat is Worse Than Candy

Health experts encourage people to consume more complex carbohydrates. The carbs found in wheat boost blood glucose levels higher than candy and almost any other food.

For example, two slices of whole wheat bread spike your blood sugar higher and quicker than six teaspoons of table sugar.

Amylopectin A is a complex carbohydrate that is found only in wheat. It is highly digestible, meaning that it quickly changes into glucose and enters the bloodstream. This stimulates the production of the hormone insulin, which stores glucose into fat cells as fatty acids.

Steady blood glucose levels are essential for good health. Patterns of highs and lows cause your body to eventually need greater amounts of insulin to bring high levels down to normal, leading to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. William Davis on Wheat Products

Autoimmune Disorders Are Triggered By Wheat Proteins

Gluten is a combination of proteins contained in wheat, barley, and rye. Wheat is a glutenous grain found in almost all types of diets, and is used in many processed foods.

The toxic protein that makes gluten your enemy is gliadin. As part of the plant's defense system, gliadin causes damage to your intestinal lining.

Your body responds by producing immunoglobulins, or antibodies, to attack this foreign substance. Like your body tissue, the gliadin protein is composed of a sequence of amino acids. Antibodies attack wherever they see this sequence of amino acids, whether it be the gliadin or your thyroid, joints, or brain tissue.

Antibodies can attack any body tissue, and it varies depending upon genetic and environmental factors. This case of mistaken identity leads to adverse health issues that include hypothyroid, arthritis, or chronic migraines.

Is wheat bad for you? Ask those who have taken wheat out of their diets. Many have experienced better digestion, reduced swelling and joint pain, and relief from migraines. Even allergies have been known to disappear after cutting the wheat habit.

This Isn't Your Grandma's Wheat

Decades ago, wheat was found in products that you would expect to find it in. Breads, cakes, and other baked goods were the only sources. Today, wheat is a common ingredient in many processed foods.

Modern wheat is much different from the wheat of the past. Genetic changes made to the plant result in higher yields and strength to withstand harsh weather conditions. The new strain is called dwarf wheat, and it has had a profound effect on health.

The genetic modifications that created dwarf wheat also led to alterations in the wheat's gliadin, one of the proteins found in gluten. This new protein became an appetite stimulant.

By 1985, all wheat-containing foods contained the new dwarf wheat. At the same time, the average caloric intake increased by 400 calories per day.

Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

You will be shocked to read how wheat-free diets healed Dr. Davis' patients of severe health problems.


Wheat Promotes Food Addiction

Wheat's polypeptides cross the blood-brain barrier, a filter that protects the brain from foreign substances. These polypeptides reach the reward centers of the brain--the same ones that are affected by drugs of abuse.

A mild euphoria is produced that promotes addiction. Many who give up wheat find that they experience mild symptoms of withdrawal. Mood swings, sluggishness, and headaches are not uncommon.

This discomfort lasts for only a few days; many find that the benefits of removing wheat from their diets is worth the trouble.

Once you remove wheat from your diet, you shouldn't reintroduce it. Those who go wheat free and later try a wheat product again often find that their reaction is worse than it was before. Health problems can become more intense when wheat is added back into the diet.

High Carbohydrate Foods Can Make it Impossible for Some From Losing Weight

Those who are overweight or insulin resistant may even be sensitive to grains that don't contain gluten.

This means that those who have metabolic syndrome (issues like obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance) may put on weight easily if they reintroduce these and other high-carb foods.

Eating a lot of refined carbs (like wheat and sugar) taxes beta cells that regulate insulin. Once these cells die, it is very difficult for them to regenerate and make new cells. Then, the body can't metabolize carbohydrates efficiently as it once did. This is why cutting out high-carbohydrate foods is especially beneficial for those who struggle with weight loss.

So, is wheat bad for you? Many have discovered for themselves that it is indeed.

Try cutting wheat from your diet for 30 days to see if you notice a positive change in your health. You have nothing to lose but extra pounds and allergies!

© Liz Davis 2012 | Is Wheat Bad for You?

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      AM 3 years ago

      There is a product available that claims to permanently cure gluten intolerance and celiac disease. It's called Gluten Sensitivity and they say it will banish your issues with wheat and gluten permanently.!product/prd14/2728752021/gluten-sensitivity-formula

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I have read all about wheat, and I used to love bread. Now, I seldom eat it, because it is so bad for you. I still eat an oatmeal by Kashi that is GMO and supposed to be bad for you. It scares me about all the bad foods we put in our bodies, and makes you want to eat certified organic. Many folks can't afford organic or don't live near a store that carries those products. Thanks for sharing. Pinning. Blessings, Audrey

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Weird, isn't it? I went gluten free after I learned about what it does, and every so often when I "cheat" with pizza or something like that I get a sore on my tongue! Gross! Crazy stuff. I will check out your hubs--thanks for stopping by!

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      icmn91 5 years ago from Australia

      Interesting information about wheat and it's morphine-like effects. No wonder some people can get sick from it. I've been gluten free, recently had a bad experience at college which I hubbed about (check me out!!) and am so much better now that I'm back at home.


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