In the US alone, most processed foods contain some kind of wheat or gluten product and the latest research has found that wheat is in fact toxic.
Preventative cardiologist, Dr. William Davis first exposed this information in his critically acclaimed book, The Wheat Belly Diet, however the dangers of wheat is nothing new.
Wheat was once touted for its excellent cooking abilities and it’s nutritional properties however, in the last 50 years the farming of wheat has turned corrupt with many wheat products genetically modified and poorly processed.
According to Davis, wheat farmers sterilize wheat by using gamma radiation or sodium azide, both of which are toxic to humans.
Over the years, the wheat crop has been heavily genetically tampered with and no studies have been done to test its safety. The modification of the humble wheat plant has resulted in a “supercarbohydrate” which is nothing like what our ancestors ate.
Despite the emergence of whole wheat, sprouted wheat and even organic wheat, Dr. Davis states that all wheat is toxic and contains amylopectin which can spike blood sugar levels just like eating a candy bar.
Studies have also found wheat to be responsible for causing chronic inflammation and contributing to visceral fat which is stored around the abdomen. It has also been linked to IBS, heart disease, diabetes, acne, dementia, miscarriages, autism, asthma, dermatitis, constipation, liver issues, ADHD, psoriasis and even lymphomas.
Modern wheat is also highly addictive due to the protein gliatin which has the same effect on the brain as opium. Gliatin has the ability to stimulate the appetite and can also increase your cravings for sugary or carbohydrate rich foods.
When wheat is broken down in the digestive system, it binds to the brains opiate receptors creating a mild sense of euphoria.
While a huge array of gluten free products are available on the market, Dr. Davis cautions that it is not just about taking out gluten and wheat, but all forms of ‘bad starch’. Products like corn are also heavily genetically modified and independent testing has not been conducted on it’s safety. Other ‘bad starches’ include rice starch and potato starch, both of which can spike blood sugar levels. Soy flour is also heavily genetically modified and should be avoided.
By eliminating wheat and bad starches from your diet, Dr. Davis assures that your appetite will be regulated, you will experience a dramatic shift in hunger levels, lose weight and feel better overall.
Our food is not what it was many years ago. Products that were once considered nutritious and healthy have now been ruined with genetic modification, poor farming practices and pesticides.
In order to really become conscious about your food it is important to chose organic, minimally processed foods that are locally farmed.
Looking for some grain alternatives? Try amaranth, millet, kamut, quinoa, buckwheat, rice, sorgum, oats, coconut flour, spelt, barley and teff.