Is Eating Wheat Healthy?

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The recent news about how eating healthy whole grain such as the wheat can pack on belly fat was quite shocking not to mention that most of us have been looking on the wheat bread as the safest way to maintain weight and health. Guess, things have changed now. Have you heard about the wheat-weight connection? In the past, we were told that including wheat in our diet may keep us slim, healthy, and satisfied. However, the author of the book Wheat Belly argues that wheat is destructive to weight loss and our overall health. Eating wheat, as a means to keep up with your obesity weight management, may practically mess up your weight loss efforts.


Reduction of diabetes

wheat visceral fatIn 1980, the wheat, along with whole grain products, was promoted and backed up by some studies to reduce colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. According to the report of the author of the Wheat Belly, his overweight patients claimed eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. They also reported being disciplined in avoiding sugary soft drinks, junk foods, and fast foods. Most of them were even exercising every day and strictly adhering to dietary guidelines. Still, they were wondering why they continue to grow their belly and gain weight. The author was amazed to witness the wheat belly weight loss effect after these overweight patients cut out the wheat from their diet. They replaced wheat based foods with vegetables, nuts, meat, eggs, avocados, olives, and cheese. The high GI food is still high enough to provoke the growth of visceral fat.



Why wheat belly bulge?

wheat bellyIn any anti aging skin care program, we are always told to prevent too much intake of sugar. Because if there is glucose, the insulin would always get affected. The sugar is likely to enter the cells and convert into fat. Eating wheat provides a good blood sugar spiking carbohydrate called the amylopectin-A. Insulin is being released by the body to move these sugars. The higher the blood sugar you may have after eating wheat, the more fat is likely being deposited in your abdominal area because of the release of the insulin. Years of eating like this and you see a quantified growth of visceral fat called as the modern wheat belly.



Wheat creates cravings

Eating a grain heavy meal would leave you crave for snacks and more food because of the subsequent drop of the blood sugar and surge in the glucose and insulin. Consuming wheat sets you to be hungry approximate every 2 hours. This hunger satiety cycle repeats all day. On the other hand, those who follow a strict wheat free diet consume about 350 to 400 fewer calories without food cravings every 2 hours.


Eating wheat blocks weight loss

The crop isn’t what it used to be. The changes in the composition of the crop made by agricultural scientists to make it easier to bake had overturned its health benefits and converted it into a harmful food stuff for many people especially those who are attempting to lose weight. Gluten free foods are hot these days. This is not a fad, but a real response to the emerging problems related to obesity. Wheat has been considered as one of the major contributor to obesity, dementia, and depression. Chronic lifestyles create dietary driven diseases that could infect and kill many people.



What makes wheat fattening?

  • It contains the super fattening starch amylopectin A.
  • It contains the super inflammatory gluten.
  • It contains the super drug exorphins that are super addictive and make you crave more.


The gliadin in wheat plays a good part promoting weight and insulin secretion. Gluten consists of two families of the prolamins, known as the gliadin and the glutenin. Gliadin is extremely hydrophobic and contain disulfide bonds similar to those found in the human hair and vulcanized rubber. Undigested gliadin fragments can result in autoimmune conditions, inflammatory, and other negative health effects.



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