It’s probably the most addicting comfort food on the planet for hundreds of thousands of people. Bread. It IS possible to enjoy all your favorite breads as part of a healthy diet WITHOUT storing one single slice around your waistline. You just have to avoid these 5 lies.
The average American consumes 55 pounds of wheat flour in their diet every year, making refined flour the #1 source of calories in the American Diet.
A situation that nutrition expert Chris Kresser describes as, “a public health catastrophe.”
So, what is the truth about bread and wheat?
- Is it the perfect poison… or an essential daily food?
- Is “gluten-free” bread better for you than regular bread?
- And can you still eat bread… while maintaining a lean body and optimal health?
The answers to these questions may surprise you!
Lie Number #1 “Whole Grains are an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet”
The truth is that there is nothing “essential” about whole grains. In fact, they are among the unhealthiest foods you can consume.
One of the most important reasons is that…
Whole Grains Spike Your Blood Sugar and Makes You Look Older
You probably know that high glycemic foods cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin.
This triggers a cascade of inflammation and increases your risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, fatty liver and diabetes.
And it doesn’t make you look very good either…
High insulin levels promote the storage of “visceral” belly fat (), which surrounds your organs and sends metabolic messages that promote disease.
High blood sugar also causes the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).
AGEs are nasty little compounds that speed up the aging process and damage tissues (especially the skin, in the form of wrinkles and lost elasticity).
Here’s another popular bread that is marketed as “HEALTHY” =>[AVOID]
Lie Number #2 “Gluten-Free Bread is Healthier than Bread Made from Wheat”
Most gluten-free breads, cereals, pastas, crackers and cookies use ingredients that are not much better (and in some cases, worse) than those made with wheat!
Like any processed junk food, these products usually contain chemical preservatives, soy protein, dough conditioners, industrial seed oils, corn and rice syrup… and often, GMOs.
And that’s not all, because…
The Ingredients in Most Gluten-Free Products Will Also Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring!
In place of wheat flour, most gluten-free products – and many online recipes for that matter – use flours with glycemic values that are off the charts, including:
- Corn Starch
- Tapioca Starch
- Rice Flour
- Sorghum flour
- Potato Starch
Take a look at how some common gluten-free foods impact your blood sugar…
It should come as no surprise that…
Most people GAIN WEIGHT on a gluten-free diet. In fact, one study showed that 81% of people who adopted a gluten-free diet had gained weight after two years!
Lie Number #3 “If You Don’t Have a Problem with Gluten, You Don’t Have a Problem with Wheat”
Most doctors (mistakenly) believe that any problems with wheat are problems with gluten.
In other words, if you don’t have a problem with gluten… you don’t have a problem.
However, the protein we call “gluten” actually consists of hundreds of smaller compounds. Any ONE of these could trigger an inflammatory or immune response.
And that’s not even a fraction of the whole story, because…
According to a study published in Plant Physiology, modern wheat is capable of producing at least 23,788 unique proteins!
This would explain the studies where people have shown a severe reaction to wheat – and no reaction at all to gluten itself, even in high doses.
The problem is that conventional lab testing looks for just two antibodies related to gluten.
If you test negative for these two, most doctors will give you a clean bill of health – and probably tell you that any symptoms you’re experiencing are “all in your head.”
But science has found numerous compounds in grains – besides gluten – which can cause serious long-term health issues…
Lie #4 “If Wheat Doesn’t Cause You Digestive Distress, then it’s Safe to Eat”
Studies show that even if you are NOT “gluten intolerant” these foods can cause inflammation and perforations in the gut – allowing unwanted substances to “leak” into your bloodstream.
And you might not feel the slightest gurgle in your belly. In fact, almost 50% of newly diagnosed celiac patients have no noticeable abdominal distress.
Yet, with each bite you are causing damage to nearly every tissue, system and organ in your body.
Here are just a few of the symptoms this can cause:
- Headaches and fatigue
- Chronic sinus issues and lowered immunity
- Arthritis, bone and joint pain
- Nutrient deficiencies, and
- A VERY long list of skin conditions, including everything from acne to wrinkles.
And now for the final (and perhaps most surprising) misconception about bread…