The Dirty Side of Wheat

Article written by Mike D.

Editor’s Note: Although wheat is a great choice for adding to your preparedness supply, there is a downside to this food source. The GMO wheat that is prevalent in many of the store bought products we purchase in this country has been genetically altered to increase carbohydrates thus leading to increased health issues such as high blood sugar levels.

To ensure your bread choices are the healthiest, make sure you look at the ingredient listings. If the first ingredient is whole grains, then that is a good bread choice option. If you are not allergic to wheat, I would advocate having some whole wheat in your diet as there is nutrition in this grain, but there are alternatives available. Some healthy options are: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice, rye, and sorghum.

Introduction

A month or so back, I went to a local spa to have a back massage; my left shoulder was bothering me.  The therapist, Don, and I talked a bit and he asked what medications I was on; I told him.  I told him that one of my goals was to get off those medicines by diet but I was having a difficult time with it.  He spoke of a book written by Dr. William Davis, Wheat Belly.  Don explained that Dr. Davis, a cardiologist, had found that eliminating wheat from one’s diet could reverse many of today’s medical problems.  He has well over 2,000 patients as proof.

So I bought a copy of the book and read it immediately.  I could not believe what I was reading; I had the solution in my hand.  So I implemented the wheat-free diet about a month ago and can state that this works; I have dropped my blood sugar count by 19 points, some 17% in one month.  I have taken myself off the Metformin that my doctor had prescribed; my blood sugars are now well within the normal ranges.

So how does this work?

Type II diabetes is defined as metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar.  Long term complications that can arise from the disorder can be heart disease, eye sight loss, kidney failure and poor circulation of limbs requiring amputation in extreme cases.

The occurrence of diabetes in the US remained relatively constant until the mid 1980′s.

Then things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

History

Diabetes in the year 2013 is as common as Coca-Cola, which by the way is sweetened with GMO high fructose corn syrup.  If you are not a diabetic you probably know someone that is, or at least pre-diabetic.  Depending on whose definition you read, there are approximately 85 million people with pre-diabetes or Type II diabetics in the US.  That’s more than the entire US population of 1900.

So how did we get here?  In a word, diet.  The explosion of Type II diabetes is paralleled by a huge increase in the number of overweight and obese people.  It might be more appropriate to say that the explosion of diabetes is a cause of overweight and obese people.

A trip to your local doctor and a blood test will confirm high blood sugars or you can by a test kit from most pharmacies.  Modern physicians are mere pawns of the pharmaceutical industry and prescribe a pill for most everything; these doctors have little or no knowledge about diets and natural healing remedies.  Physicians prescribe Metformin in most cases to reduce glucose production by the liver.

So what happens when you run out of medications and cannot get anymore?

Get Rid of The Wheat

A proper diet can and will reduce or eliminate your medication dependency; yes that’s right.  You CAN get off those expensive pills by eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones.  How?  By becoming wheat free.  Yes, you heard me correctly.

Did you know that we Americans consume approximately 133 pounds of wheat per year?  That equals to about 200 loaves of bread per year.  Wheat is in everything processed including breads, bagels, starches, flours, beer, cereals, energy bars, processed meats, and even lipstick.

Wheat is the most consumed grain on earth.  But the wheat you eat today is not the same grain that your grandmother baked with. [Editor's note: Einkorn wheat is the closest wheat variety to heirloom]  Through many years of human engineering, modern wheat has been bred to be a super carbohydrate; full of exorphins that instruct your brain to make you feel hungry.

Consuming 2 slices of bread in a sandwich will give you a spike in your blood sugar equal to 3 tablespoons of sugar, greater than a Snickers bar. This spike in blood sugar follows rapidly by hunger that is often satisfied by more carbohydrates.  So the cycle continues and the person continues to eat more and gain more.

So you eat two biscuits for breakfast, two sandwiches for lunch and 4 slices of pizza for dinner not to count those two granola bars at 2 P.M.  Now that’s a lot of carbohydrates in that wheat you have eaten. Your blood sugar is all over the map.

But going on a wheat free lifestyle breaks the chain.  Avoid the wheat, avoid the weight, and avoid or reverse the Type II diabetes.

I’m Hungry

No wheat, I am going to starve.  What can I eat?

  • Fresh vegetables, lots of them,
  • Good pasture raised meats,
  • Free range poultry,
  • Seafood, wild caught if at all possible,
  • Dairy products,
  • Bread made with almond flour and flaxseed,
  • Cheese, avoid Blue Cheese as its processed with mold from bread.

There are a number of wheat substitutes you can use in your cooking

  • Almond meal – is probably the most versatile.  Almond meal or flour acts almost like wheat flour in any recipe for baking breads.
  • Coconut flour – is used as a thickener or as breading for meats
  • Golden flaxseed – is also excellent for making breads

Basic Bread

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup golden flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 egg whites
  1. Mix together the meal, baking powder and flaxseeds
  2. Cut in the butter
  3. Beat the egg whites until soft and foamy
  4. Fold egg whites into the flour mixture
  5. Spoon the dough into appropriate sized balls and flatten to about 1 inch
  6. Place on parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes at 350F.

News to Live By

Cinnamon has made recent Facebook headlines promoting a reduction in glucose levels by some that take it.  Some research on the American Diabetes Association website did produce evidence of a study completed in 2003 that confirmed it.

The study found that after 40 days, test results found that 6 grams of cinnamon taken daily reduced the fasting glucose levels up to 29%, triglycerides 30%, LDL cholesterol 27% and total cholesterol 26%

The conclusion was that if 6 grams of cinnamon were taken daily in diets of persons with Type II diabetes it would lower the associated risks.

Summary

Get rid of the wheat, eat some cinnamon, lose the weight and get off those medications so you will not need them anymore.

 

Modern Wheat is the Perfect Chronic Poison, Says Expert

Davis, Dr. William, Wheat Belly, First Edition, New York,

Kham Dr. Alam, Safdar Dr. Mahpara,  Ali-Khan, Dr. Mohamad Khattak Dr. Khan, Anderson Dr. Richard ,Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes, American Diabetes Association,

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published May 24th, 2013
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  • greensideup

    I haven’t read the book yet but I’ve read a number of articles about this subject and so I quit eating wheat and anything with wheat in it on 02/20/13.  I have lost 19 pounds, I have more energy, my skin looks markedly better (not puffy, pasty anymore) and my joints don’t ache nearly as much as they did. 
    But there’s more!  The 3 most amazing things to me are: I no longer have chronic heartburn AT ALL, I am NOT hungry 24/7/365 despite doing outdoor physical labor for work most every day, and my menopausal body shape has returned to a more girly shape (muffin-top almost gone!), complete with a much flatter belly.  If I had before pics, I’d share them because it’s a fairly dramatic change in a matter of only a few months, and it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of effort-just some creativity. 

    I am fortunate: I did not have diabetes issues, nor was I severely obese.  I have friends and family who are either or both, and when I tell them what I’m doing, sadly, they are highly resistant to changing their diets. 
     

  • http://www.wallachonline.com Bristle

    So you lost weight by avoiding wheat. You feel better. That’s awesome, but its not just because the wheat is different than what grandma used to make her bread with.

    The gluten in the wheat, barley, rye and oats inflames your small intestine, stopping you from absorbing nutrients. You feel hungry all the time, eating more to try to fulfill your body screaming for the nutrients.

    You stopped eating wheat, your intestines repaired, you started absorbing nutrients from the food you eat, not as hungry, you lowered your calorie intake naturally.  All sorts of wonderful things happened to your body.  healing took place, but you are still deficient, only you don’t know it yet.

    Our soils are completely deficient in minerals. Plants can’t make minerals, only vitamins.  IF the minerals aren’t in the soil, its not in the food you eat, you aren’t getting it in your system.

    Mineral deficiencies are directly responsible for over 900 diseases in humans and animals.

    It’s only a matter of time, some of your health issues will return or you will have new ones if you don’t supplement your food with minerals.

    Why in God’s name would you follow the advice of an MD who has NO NUTRITIONAL TRAINING?  He found this info out by ACCIDENT!  The picture or info he gives is seriously flawed.

    Yes, wheat is only one of the culprits for our obese nation. Mineral deficiencies is the other.  You might want to investigate further.  Go to the website listed and educate yourself more.  There’s a Dr. out there that has been beating the drum of advoiding wheat for a lot longer than the wheat belly doctor.

  • JdL

    Good article, except for the endless gratuitous whining about GMO.  The problem with modern wheat has nothing to do with GMO, but the author can’t seem to stop harping on it.

    • Chris

      The GMO experiment we are embracing is not worth whining about, we should be screaming at the top of our lungs. I just read about the kraft mac & cheese label that had GMO warning (in Europe, of course)

    • Kathy M.

      Nothing to do with GMOs???  That is patently wrong! It has much to do with GMOs. Educate yourself!

  • Bruce Cox

    You editor’s stated the following:
    ingredient listings. If the first ingredient is whole grains, then that is a good bread choice option.

    I checked the ingredients listinging for the bread I usually buy…the first listed is “whole wheat flour”. Is that the same as “whole grains”?

    bruce

  • Linda Schrock Taylor

    Just a reminder that barley and rye have glutin, as well.

  • Rob

    I have been on a wheat free diet for about 3 months now, I eat meat of every kind combined with veggies and fruit, I eat probably twice as much as I did before but with no wheat. I have lost 4 inches off my waist, dropped 15 lbs and feel better than I have in years. Wheat was and is the entire problem in my diet. I will never eat pizza or drink beer again (sad I know) but there is plenty of other ways to eat and a good supply of wine helps me forget the beer.

  • Clell Adams

    It’s not only wheat, but modern day corn. Get wheat and corn out of your diet. And as one person posted above, get “good” minerals into your diet.

  • PAH

    Is this recent form of what found only in the US or is it found worldwide? Thanks.

    • Kathy M.

      Do you mean the GMO wheat that has been found to have permeated our national wheat crop, that Japan and Korea are now canceling their contracts on? Yes that wheat.

  • Sarah y.

    Wheat isn’t all bad for you. You can still buy gluten free. If you’re making cakes, brownies, and or cookies, they sell GF mixes and flour. If you want to still have breads and etc, try Ezekiel bread which they sell in the freezer section in the natural section of your food stores. And if you buy whole wheat bread, it’s also good to look for 100% whole wheat. What I like to do is use only one slice of bread and fold it in half. That’s plenty of bread for a smaller sandwich if you pair it with some fresh veggies or fruits to snack on for lunch. Most people like myself will gorge out on food at lunch and come back to work sleepy. So the portioning really helps combat this. I say, the darker the bread, the more nutritious. Yes you pay a higher dollar for the GF alternative, but you aren’t consuming more than you need. Thanks for the mineral comment, it was an interesting read.

  • JC

    I was a carboholic for years, living on low-fat bread, granola, yogurt, etc, and eventually hit 220lbs.  Six months after quitting wheat and sugar, I’m 175 – with no exercise.  I essentially ate all the no-grain, no-sugar food I wanted, and the weight fell off.  After a week, you may feel some weakness or low energy, but if you stick to the diet, you can power through that in 3 or 4 days.  Your body will begin burning your fat stores as fuel, instead of the poptarts and granola that you used to stuff in your face.  Don’t believe me…try it for yourself.

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