Nutrition experts agree that whole grains are a healthier alternative than refined carbs. After all, plant-based foods should form the base of the human diet. Some experts have gone public with claims, backed by their research, that wheat is toxic for the human body. The most commonly consumed grain, these experts say that by eliminating wheat from the diet you will experience remarkable health improvements.
According to cardiologist William Davis, MD, the mass production of today’s wheat has been effective in feeding a larger population of people. However, it is also less healthy than wheat that was produced decades ago. The following are some of his significant research findings:
* Wheat has been genetically modified so that it can produce more per acre
* It has a high glycemic index, meaning it raises blood sugar levels considerably which causes spikes in insulin and leads to accumulated belly fat
* A protein present in modern wheat called gliatin has addictive properties and functions as an appetite stimulant, making you crave more of it
In agreement with Dr. Davis and his anti-wheat campaign is neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. Dr. Perlmutter’s view is slightly different in that he believes all carbs, including whole grains, are harmful to brain health.
Both Dr. Davis and Dr. Perlmutter state that wheat, even whole wheat, can cause inflammatory conditions and other diseases such as
* heart disease
Claims from both of these medical experts are surprising because many studies advocate whole grains (barley, rye, whole wheat, etc.) as important for optimal health. Wheat is a great source of fiber and other nutrients and has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Perhaps other dietary and lifestyle factors come into play to determine overall health status.
Cutting wheat out of the diet can reduce daily caloric intake by about 400 calories. This is significant if your goal is weight loss. There are plenty of other food options:
* Lean grass-fed and free range meats
* Nuts and seeds
* Non-wheat whole grains: oats, brown rice, millet, and quinoa
Much of it comes down to personal preference and making decisions. Consuming wheat in moderation is a good option. Consult with a credentialed dietitian if ever in doubt. Only you can make the best dietary choices for yourself and your health.
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