6 Convincing Reasons Why Wheat Is Unhealthy

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Last Sunday, I wrote about the reasons why modern wheat is totally different from the one our grandparents ate. I also explained the differences between Celiac disease, wheat allergy, and sensitivity to gluten. However, even if you don’t suffer from any of those, it’s still a good idea to kick “frankenwheat” out of your healthy diet. I’m going to try and convince you right now!  Just read the six reasons why wheat is unhealthy below and then let me know what you think.

This is Part 3 of the Primally Simple Diet series, where I explore everything I have learned in the last 5 months since ditching and coming back to the Paleo diet twice. I will explain why I think a strict Paleo diet is flawed. We will also talk about the Wheat Belly, all the reasons why I failed on the Paleo diet twice, and what my diet is going to be like from now on. I hate labels, so there will be no more Paleo. Nobody really knows what Paleolithic people ate anyway, and there were so many diverse diets all over the world. The world isn’t the same anymore. I have no wish to be a fanatic. So I have created my own version of primal: The Primally Simple Diet.

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1. Wholewheat Bread Raises Blood Glucose More Than White Sugar

I’ve been religiously avoiding sugar for a long time now, but I’ve still been struggling with my blood glucose levels. Could it be that the “healthy” whole grains are messing with my blood sugar? It seems very likely. According to cardiologist MD Davis William, whose book Wheat Belly I mentioned last week, whole wheat bread increases blood sugar to a higher level than sucrose (sugar).

Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different and often worse than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a sugary candy bar. (Wheat Belly)

According to a study conducted by the University of Toronto in 1981, the Glycemic Index (GI) of white bread is 69, whole wheat is 72, and sucrose (sugar) is 59. Mind-blowing!

Could that explain why when I literally lived on chocolate bars, I felt better than when I started eating healthy and started eating lots of whole grain products instead? I thought I was doing myself good, but it seems I wasn’t.

Interestingly, the GI of a Mars bar is 68 and that of a Snickers bar is 41. Ah, that’s why I felt sickened by the Mars bars and I always went for the Snickers bars!

Now, don’t go and get yourself a Snickers bar. 🙂 That’s not what I’m saying. All I’m saying is that it’s easy to get tricked by the industry and the media saying that whole grains are healthy and should be eaten in huge quantities.

I think the numbers speak for themselves. I’m not a doctor, but I’d rather keep my blood sugar low. I don’t want to feed candida, bacteria, cancerous cells, and any other bad guys with it.

2. Wheat Is Very Much Like Crack

It is highly addictive. Just like cheese, sugar, and chocolate – they’re all like crack in a way because they mess with our brain.

I usually try to stick to one rule: if I crave something and if I can’t stop eating it until it’s all gone, it’s not good for my body. Healthy food should not cause this kind of crazy behaviour, and anything that causes me feelings of craving makes me highly suspicious.

For example, I used to crave dark chocolate like crazy. My husband used to buy it occasionally and hide it from me because I couldn’t stop until it was all gone. I had to literally beg him to dispense one piece a day. How humiliating! If I eat more than one piece, I feel bad, I break out, and my mood gets really low.

Often, when people give up wheat, they go through rough withdrawal.

I begin to think that perhaps my monthly pizza was also nothing else but giving in to the withdrawal. If I had given my body 3 months to completely get over it, I would have probably not even thought of a pizza.

3. There Is A Link Between Wheat Consumption and Schizophrenia

Nobody knows if it actually causes it, but scientists seem to agree that wheat consumption seems to worsen the symptoms.

Psychiatrist F. Curtis Dohan observed that during World War II, the men and women of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, and the United States required fewer hospitalizations for schizophrenia when food shortages made bread unavailable, only to require an increased number of hospitalizations when wheat consumption resumed after the war was over. (Wheat Belly)

I guess we could argue that perhaps there were other factors at play. Perhaps people got better simply because they ate less. It is well known that fasting or slight caloric restriction is great for longevity. Perhaps it could improve people’s mental state, too?

But it’s also quite possible that it was indeed caused by the absence of bread. I certainly turn into a moody beast when I eat wheat bread. Ask my husband if you don’t believe me! 🙂

I was so terrible to him during my wholewheat sourdough experiment that I was wondering why he still wasn’t hating me. Poor guy… Don’t worry, I believe I’m a reasonably good wife normally. It’s only wheat (and a few other things) that bring out a little monster in me.

On another note, wheat consumption has also been linked to autism and ADHD.

I’m not autistic, but I do notice how some foods turn me into a pretty unsociable creature. I start feeling very self-conscious, irritable, and it seems as if everything is happening somewhere far away and I am just a distant spectator. Have you ever experienced anything like that? It’s a very odd feeling, and it’s really difficult trying to communicate and live my life on one of those days. I’m not even talking about filming a video feeling like that. It’s impossible!

4. Wheat Makes You Eat More

This is so true! Wheat is a powerful appetite stimulant and will make you go around looking for the next snack all day long. That would explain why most of us are eating more than we need these days. No wonder why excess weight is becoming such an important problem. However, it’s not easy to stop and control yourself when something is making you hungry 24 hours day, even right after a meal.

Since I quit wheat once again, I’ve been slowly regaining my ability to control my appetite and it feels amazing being able to feel when exactly it’s time to leave the table. I fill my belly up around 80% of the way (just like Ayurveda suggests – the other 20% is for air, which is necessary for digestion), and I feel blissfully full.

I don’t think about food 24 hours a day. I don’t have to snack in between my meals to calm my hunger pangs.

And, above all, I don’t have to feel self-conscious bringing bags and bags of food home every single time. Now we eat as much as we need to refuel our bodies and not to satisfy some crazy craving or to satiate our inflated appetite.

By the way, eating slowly and practising awareness while you eat really helps regulate your appetite, too. And if you still feel hungry after eating, wait for 15 minutes before you go for a second helping. You probably won’t need it anymore once your fullness receptors catch up.

5. Wheat Is Bad For Your Skin

I’m not only talking about acne here. Of course, because of the blood glucose spikes and subsequent insulin spikes, skin is one of the first organs to be affected. It gets inflamed, red, itchy, you get cystic acne – everything can be traced back to what you eat. You might say “it’s my hormones”, but in reality hormones depend on what you eat.

Because of all that excess insulin in the blood, you end up with excess adrogens. That’s what makes your sebaceous glands start producing sebum like crazy, so you get oily skin. Another unwelcome guest is the Insulin-Like Growth Hormone (or rather too much of it) – it’s the bad guy that makes your cells grow like crazy. Skin cells that are growing out of control + excess sebum = clogged pores and acne.

It’s just a very primitive explanation of how acne forms in my own words – I tried to make it as understandable as possible.

But it’s not all just about acne. Wheat also causes premature ageing, such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity due a process called advanced glycation. It’s all thanks to elevated blood sugar levels.

6. Wheat Weakens Your Teeth and Bones

The body is meant to keep the blood sugar levels in a very tight range, and, in order to do it, it needs a lot of minerals. Guess where your body gets the minerals from? From your bones and teeth. If you’re constantly keeping your blood sugar high or having highs and lows all the time, your body is constantly stealing the super valuable calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other minerals from you.

Another reason why wheat weakens your teeth and bones is because wheat is extremely acidic. When you think of acidifying foods, you would probably first think of things like meat, cheese or sugar, but wheat might be even more acidic than those, simply because of the huge amount of wheat that most people eat.

If you’re one of those people who have been carefully balancing the pH of their body by eating lots of veggies to counter the animal products, your pH might be thrown off balance easily just by wheat alone.

Since I stopped eating wheat 3 weeks ago, I have noticed improvement in my teeth. I “feel” them much less than before.

As I explained in my previous blog post, I am currently doing a 60-day gluten-free challenge. I’m 3 weeks in, and I can’t wait to see the results at the end of it. I thought I would miss my sourdough bread much more than I actually do, so I guess I could say I’m finding the challenge easier than I thought. My energy is through the roof and my teeth are feeling better. I’ll tell you more when the 60 days are up!

If you’d like to learn more about wheat and gluten, I highly recommend Wheat Belly by MD Davis William. It’s one of the most eye-opening books I’ve ever read. You can get it from Amazon here.

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Now it’s your turn to share something with me: do you eat wheat? Or are you gluten-free as well? Perhaps wheat-free? What has your experience with wheat been so far? Let me know in the comments!  

 Simply yours,

Vita xx

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, dietician or nutritionist. This is what I have learned observing my own body and researching endlessly. So please take my words as ideas, but research, think carefully, and consult your physician before making any decisions for your own health. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. I only recommend things that I absolutely love myself, and they’ve all been bought with my hard-earned cash.

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  1. I am thinking utoh because I just bought some wheat flour for a bread starter. Found a Tuscan bread recipe was going to try.

  2. I eat two servings of wheat monthly maximum, since diagnosed with wheat sensitivity. I can feel the difference when eating more potatos, rice and buckwheat rather than spelt or other gluten containing grains. They are harder on my digestive system. One thing I love at the moment is rye/millet/potato flatbread, risen with some baking powder. I don’t have that much of it, but I can have it even in the most sensitive-belly moments and it won’t disageree in any way with me. That’s my kind of bread! My soon to be husband has moments when he’s very tense and just can’t seem to calm down, we both feel like it’s food related, and I thought it was sugar, but now that you say all this, I realize it most probably is all the bread he eats.

    • Hi Raissomat! You know, it’s interesting because rye also contains gluten, but I find that just like for you rye works wonderfully at any time. I don’t seem to have a problem with spelt either. I simply avoid regular wheat as much as I can, but don’t go overly fanatical about it. It’s also interesting what you said about your fiance. I once watched a lecture about the effects of hypoglycemia and the symptoms were very similar. Could it be that he feels like that because his blood sugar falls too much after consuming sugar or wheat bread? xx

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