Is Wheat Really Bad for You? As in Toxic?
Despite what the food pyramids of our childhood told us, wheat may not be all it's cracked up to be. In fact, it could be downright toxic.
If you aren't on a gluten-free diet, you almost certainly know people who are. (For those who don't know, gluten is a protein found in high amounts in wheat, barley and rye. Those who are gluten sensitive and Celiacs can't properly digest gluten, which creates LOADS of other problems.)
I know I thought it was just some weird fad at first, like so many other diets. It just didn't make sense to me that so many people could suddenly think bread was bad for them. Gosh, bread has been part of the human diet for millenia, and now, all of a sudden, people are just now realizing it's bad? Seemed kind of fishy to the skeptic in me.
So I did some research, and I became a believer.
One thing I didn't realize is that the wheat we eat today isn't the same wheat our grandparents ate. In the 1950's scientists were thinking about ways to prevent and solve world hunger. Since wheat plays such a major role in the caloric intake of many countries, it seemed like a good crop to "make better."
Scientists cross-bred different varieties of wheat to make it hardier and easier to grow. Norman Borlag even won a Nobel Prize for his work in this area.
Unfortunately, the changes made to wheat aren't friendly to humans. For one thing, hybridized wheat has sodium azide, known to be toxic. Wheat also receives gamma radiation (you know, that stuff that turns Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk, but makes the rest of just feel crappy) as part of its processing.
Further, this new-fangled wheat also contains proteins that aren't native to original wheat plants and some of us have a tough time digesting those proteins.
These kinds of problems are what scientists think is causing this recent wave of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. One authority on the subject is cardiologist Dr. William Davis who has this blog.
Just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by eating wheat:
- abdominal bloating
- abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea
- lethary and tiredness
- tingling in extremities
- joint and bone pain
- attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity (ADHD)
- weight gain, unexplained weight loss
Now you may be thinking, How on earth do you expect to cut wheat out of my diet? What about bread, cereal, pasta, beer, and all those other delicious wheat products I love?
Believe me, I can relate. For me, doing the HCG diet helped with these cravings. The recipes on the HCG diet are all wheat free and delicious. And going through the full process of the diet changes your body. Not only do you safely and quickly shed weight you didn't want, including dangerous belly fat, you also re-set your body's hypothalamus gland which cuts down or eliminates the cravings that haunt us.
If you want to drop those pounds that are weighing you down and are interested in developing healthier life habits, I hope you'll drop me a line.
That's why I'm here.
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