Food Myth #1: Whole Grains

You’ve probably seen the commercials about losing weight eating right with whole grains.  And for a very small portion of the population, that is true.  It is not, however, good for 75% of our people.  It was widely believed that whole grains are essential for your body – and some portion of that is true, however, it has been seriously weighted toward wheat (pun intended).  Wheat is our number 2 crop behind corn.  55 million acres of what is now called wheat is planted each year  This crop is subsidized and fully supported by taxpayer dollars in the form of farm subsidies and nutritional guidelines and recommendations.  YEars ago, the food pyramid showed a diet with a foundation in wheat – bread, pasta, whole grain.  That shift contributed significantly to the obese, sick society we have today.

The truth about wheat is this:

  1. Wheat (specifically gluten protein) contributes more to a rise in blood sugar than a glass of sugar filled soda pop.  That rise in sugar, means a rise in insulin.  The body responds to insulin by creating fat and storing it on the belly and around the waistline.  This is the Wheat Belly.  If you look around at malls, grocery stores, schools and anywhere else, you will see this wheat belly.

  2. Wheat pasta, which is compressed wheat, releases slower in the blood stream.  This should be better, but in fact what this means is that the increase in release of sugar into the bloodstream is longer and ultimately higher than a quick release of sucrose from a candy bar.  That means insulin production is higher and for a longer period of time, which means even more fat production.

  3. Whole wheat bread has a glycemic index of 72, a snickers bar has a glycemic index of 41.  That means for the affect on glucose in your blood, you could eat almost 2 snickers bar for the affect of one piece of whole wheat bread.  Glycemic index is what triggers insulin production.  Too much insulin production means too much fat.  Too much insulin production tires out the pancreas, and creates insulin resistance, which means diabetes.  Diabetes is the precusor for all kinds of illness like neuropathy, cataracts, gout, and kidney failure.

  4. Genetically modified wheat has an unknown impact on the body.  It is known that it’s genetically different from original wheat.  It is known that there is 10x as much gluten in GMO wheat today than existed 50 years ago, and it is known that GMO wheat contains a lot of chemicals – pesticides, herbicides, etc.  It is also known that GMO wheat is nutritionally deficient.  Other potential dangers exist which are being studied currently.

  5. GMO food has never been safety tested.

Source:  Wheat Belly. If you haven’t read this book, you must!