Experts Caution Against Dangers of Wheat

Mar 05, 2012 Published under Introspection

While whole wheat bread is traditionally thought to be very healthy, there are opinions that show whole wheat bread spikes blood glucose even more than sugar.  Additionally, wheat-intense diets have been linked to obesity, diabetes and other diseases. 

Check out this article to learn the various health dangers that wheat based diets can potentially conjure.  KIND Healthy Grains are the perfect solution for anyone who may take heed to these anti-wheat claims; because KIND Healthy Grains wheat free, it is the perfect way to obtain the nutritional benefits from whole grains, while skipping the dangers of wheat that these experts claim.

Spotted by Daniel Lubetzky, by Adeena Schlussel



Put Down That Slice of Bread!


Even “healthy” whole wheat is linked to heart disease, arthritis and dementia

What could be more wholesome than whole-wheat bread? For decades, nutritionists and public health experts have almost begged Americans to eat more whole wheat and other grains.

It’s bad advice.

Most of us know that white bread is bad for us, but even whole-wheat bread is bad, too. In fact, on the Glycemic Index (GI), which compares the blood sugar effects of carbohydrates, both white bread and whole-wheat bread increase blood glucose more than pure sugar. Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole-wheat bread is little different from eating a sugary candy bar.

What’s particularly troubling is that a high-wheat diet has been linked to obesity, digestive diseases, arthritis, diabetes, dementia and heart disease.

Example: When researchers from the Mayo Clinic and University of Iowa put 215 patients on a wheat-free diet, the obese patients lost an average of nearly 30 pounds in just six months. The patients in the study had celiac disease (a form of wheat sensitivity), but I have seen similar results in nearly everyone who is obese and gives up wheat.


How can a supposedly healthy grain be so bad for you? Because the whole wheat that we eat today has little in common with the truly natural grain. Decades of selective breeding and hybridization by the food industry to increase yield and confer certain baking and aesthetic characteristics on flour have created new proteins in wheat that the human body isn’t designed to handle.

The gluten protein in modern wheat is different in structure from the gluten in older forms of wheat. In fact, the structure of modern gluten is something that humans have never before experienced in their 10,000 years of consuming wheat.

Modern wheat also is high in amylopectin A, a carbohydrate that is converted to glucose faster than just about any other carbohydrate. I have found it to be a potent appetite stimulant because the rapid rise and fall in blood sugar causes nearly constant feelings of hunger. The gliadin in wheat, another protein, also stimulates the appetite. When people quit eating wheat and are no longer exposed to gliadin and amylopectin A, they typically consume about 400 fewer calories a day.


Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, is an intense form of wheat sensitivity that damages the small intestine and can lead to chronic diarrhea and cramping, along with impaired absorption of nutrients. But wheat has been linked to dozens of other chronic diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It also has been linked to…

Insulin resistance and diabetes. It’s not a coincidence that the diabetes epidemic (nearly 26 million Americans have it) parallels the increasing consumption of modern wheat (an average of 134 pounds per person per year) in the US. The surge in blood sugar and insulin that occurs when you eat any kind of wheat eventually causes an increase in visceral (internal) fat. This fat makes the body more resistant to insulin and increases the risk for diabetes.

Weaker bones. A wheat-rich diet shifts the body’s chemistry to an acidic (low-pH) state. This condition, known as acidosis, leaches calcium from the bones. Grains—and particularly wheat—account for 38% of the average American’s “acid load.” This probably is the reason that osteoporosis is virtually universal in older adults.

More heart disease. A diet high in carbohydrates causes an increase in small LDL particles, the type of cholesterol that is most likely to lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. Studies at University of California, Berkeley, found that the concentration of these particles increases dramatically with a high-wheat diet. The increase in small-particle LDL, combined with diabetes and visceral fat, increases the risk for heart disease.


People who crave wheat actually are experiencing an addiction. When the gluten in wheat is digested, it releases molecules known as exorphins, morphinelike compounds that produce mild euphoria. About one-third of people who give up wheat will experience some withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, moodiness and insomnia. My advice…

Go cold turkey. It’s the most effective way to break the addiction to wheat. The withdrawal symptoms rarely last more than one week. If you’re really suffering, you might want to taper off. Give up wheat at breakfast for a week, and then at breakfast and lunch for another week. Then give it up altogether.

Beware of gluten-free products. People who give up wheat often are tempted to satisfy their craving by buying gluten-free bread or pasta. Don’t do it. The manufacturers use substitutes such as brown rice, rice bran, rice starch, corn starch and tapioca starch, which also increase blood glucose and cause insulin surges. Even oatmeal can cause blood sugar to skyrocket.

Switch grains. Small supermarkets now stock quite a few nonwheat grains, such as millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. They’re easy to cook, and they taste good—and they don’t have the gluten and other wheat proteins that trigger weight gain, inflammation and insulin resistance.

Helpful: If you aren’t willing to give up wheat altogether, you can substitute an older form of wheat, such as spelt or kamut. These grains haven’t undergone all of the genetic modifications, so they’re somewhat better for you than modern wheat. Any form of wheat can be a problem, however. You’ll want to limit yourself to small servings—say, a few ounces once or twice a week.

Get plenty of protein. Protein satisfies the appetite more effectively than carbohydrates. Eat eggs for breakfast and chicken salad for lunch. For dinner, you can have fish or even steak.

New finding: New research has shown that people who eat a reasonable amount of saturated fat in, say, red meat (about 10% or a little more of your total fat calories) have a reduction in small LDL particles, as well as an increase in protective HDL cholesterol.

Source: William Davis, MD, a preventive cardiologist and medical director of Track Your Plaque, an international heart disease prevention program. Based in Fox Point, Wisconsin, he is author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (Rodale).

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  1. Lulu said:

    Love article thanks, I’ve been on the paleo diet, which is primarily meat, poultry, fish, lots of veggies, fruit and nuts, and I feel great. No wheat for me….


  2. Nalliah Thayabharan said:

    Wheat raises blood sugar higher than most of the other foods. 4 slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar higher than 12 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a simple fact as per the table of glycemic index.
    Almost all wheat in USA is from a dwarf strain, which produces a far greater yield but has contributed to the current obesity epidemic.

  3. Alvaro Bittencourt said:

    All I can say is that after I read Dr Davis article, I who had already lost some wt( and working in my house full time) and a bread lover to the nth degee, resolved give up wheat (well @ 95%). The wt loss and most importantly the improvemnt in my general well being went ballistic. So much so, that the wt loss continued and worried me. So, I went to my general clinitian and “demanded” a general blood test. Well, it was the best ever. As a “life changing event” I consider giving up wheat as equal or better thant giving up smoking i 1981. I am 72 yrs old and before going to a movie theater, after 1.5 hr of seating down, I had problems standing up. No more!!! Give it a try.

  4. Donald said:

    I read Dr. Mike Davis’s book Wheat Belly and ceased eating wheat products — for the most part. I’m still wondering what might have triggered the transformation. I had always exercised and frequently cycle to and from the gym. I’m still wondering if it was my weaning myself off of fruit juice but unexpectedly — that is without trying — I lost 20+ pounds. I noticed some stiffiness in my fingers that I had been complaining about went away too. So it could very well be the discontinuation of the wheat that resulted in my substantial weight loss and improvement in my fingers. Curiously, I’ve not really missed the wheat products — breads, cakes ,etc. I do cheat occassionally but I don’t buy it from the supermarket. I’ve managed to keep the 20+ pounds off for several months now. I highly recommend the book Wheat Belly.

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