Loaf Lie #1: “Whole Grains & Whole Wheat are an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet”
If you’ve set foot in a grocery store or read a newspaper in the last 50 years, you’re familiar with the message that whole grains are healthy… and the more you eat, the better off you’ll be.
This is a LOT more than a “little white lie” invented to sell cheap agricultural products at huge markups… it is the biggest health scam ever perpetrated on the public!
Of course, this message comes to you from the same corporate interests and government health nannies who urged you to replace farm-fresh butter with heart stopping trans-fat (in the form of industrially-manufactured margarine).
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
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 “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) – nasty little compounds that speed up the aging process and damage tissues (especially the skin, in the form of wrinkles and lost elasticity).
And guess what?
And it’s the specific TYPE of carbs in bread that are to blame.
About 75% of the carbohydrates in wheat are in the form of amylopectin A – a compound that is unique in just how rapidly it is transformed into glucose.
This is why wheat spikes your blood sugar higher than almost all foods – even when the same number of carbohydrates is consumed!
And that’s not all this health-harming carb can do…
“Heart Healthy” Whole Wheat… Causes Heart Disease!
The medical establishment has greatly exaggerated the role of cholesterol in heart disease.
But there is one type of cholesterol closely linked to this killer – small dense LDL particles.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people with high levels of small dense LDL have a 300% greater risk of heart attack!
Many doctors believe it is the number one risk factor for heart disease in the U.S.
And guess what triggers these dangerous compounds to form more than any other food?
It is the amylopectin A found in wheat!
Think about that the next time you see the American Heart Association “Seal of Approval” on a package of whole grain bread.
And to think they recommend you eat this food AT LEAST three times per day!
In fact, if you are eating grains this often, it might not be your fault…
Are You High on Bread?
The Addictive Properties of Wheat
You’ve probably heard that sugar triggers the same pleasure centers in the brain as drugs of addiction. That’s why it can be so hard to “just say no” to
But wheat has drug-like properties even more powerful than sugar!
That’s because in addition to the rapid sugar rush wheat provides, it also produces specific compounds that bind to morphine receptors in the brain.
In addition to subtle euphoria, these opiates cause a repetitive cycle of cravings – for more grains!
It’s no wonder a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that people who eat wheat consume an average of 400 calories more per day.
So, next post we’ll look at another dangerous misconception about bread (as well as cookies, crackers, cereal, pasta and cake)…
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