There is an abundance of commercials that tout the benefits of eating whole grain, whole wheat and multi-grain breads, muffins, oats and pizza crust. But the trouble is that wheat and whole grain products can cause side effects that lead to dependency and weight gain – just to mention a couple problems. So seeing as how we’re given hundreds of reasons to eat wheat every day, let’s explore some reasons why you don’t need wheat in your diet.
Reasons for not Eating Wheat
You Could Develop an Addiction
Eating wheat can cause you to develop a dependency on it because of the way wheat gets absorbed into your body. It’s found in a lot of things including beer, bread, pasta, desserts and cereals – just to name a few. Some of these foods are part of a seemingly balanced diet. But what you don’t know is that wheat, whole grain, and multi-grain products all contain a protein called gluten that causes a chemical reaction in your brain; this reaction is similar to an opiate such as heroine, which is one of the most addictive narcotics in the world.
Developing an Intolerance to Gluten
Some people are born with an intolerance to gluten, but it’s also possible to develop an intolerance to this protein found in wheat by overeating whole grains and wheat. You should also understand that the term “intolerance” is often confused with the word “allergy”.
These two words are vastly different in that an allergy is a reaction of the immune system, whereas intolerance is a hypersensitivity to a certain food that results in various symptoms such as the inability to absorb nutrients properly.
Wheat can cause Weight Gain
Wheat contains amylopectin-A, which is converted to blood sugar faster than other forms of sugar – including the traditional table variety! This causes your insulin to increase greatly, and then dip back down so that you’re hungry again not long after you’ve eaten.
You should also be aware that wheat also disrupts the chemical in your body that tells your brain when you’re full. This will cause you to eat more wheat even if you’ve had enough food.
Wheat is known as an acne instigator along with other nasty skin conditions including – but limited to – rosacea and eczema. If you suffer from any form of acne such as chronic or systic acne, it could be due to wheat in your diet.
Wheat can lead to Headaches
Headaches can ruin your whole day and sometimes aspirin just isn’t enough to take care of the problem.
And did you know that headaches and migraines have been linked to the consumption of wheat?
If you find yourself suffering from chronic or mild headaches often, try eliminating wheat from your diet. In some cases there is a noticeable difference within only 3 days of not eating wheat.
Most foods containing wheat are processed so much that there is little-to-no nutritional value present.
Breads, cereals, 100-calorie packs, noodles, frozen pizzas, and the foods that come packaged in a cardboard box all fit into this category. These are all packed full of artificial flavors, colors, chemicals and preservatives.
Speeds up Aging
Wheat will accelerate aging by disrupting your body’s ability to regenerate tissue. It also slows your body’s ability to remove white blood cells that have toxins in them.
As you may know, white blood cells carry all of the harmful pathogens out of your blood and body; otherwise your blood would become toxic.
Restrains your Brain
It should also be mentioned that wheat can hinder serotonin production in your brain, which is associated with your appetite and mood.
If you feel depressed, tired, lethargic, or hungry a lot then try eliminating wheat from your diet.
If you’re worried about developing Alzheimer’s in the future, not eating wheat could lessen your chances of developing the disease.
Also note that ADHD and other brain imbalances have been associated with wheat – thus providing another reason why this nutrient should be avoided.
Wheat is a powerful thing; it can disrupt so many areas of your body, and your digestion isn’t left out of the equation either. Eating a diet full of wheat can cause irritable bowl syndrome, constipation, as well as bloating.
Your intestines are responsible for absorbing nutrients, which can be disrupted by eating wheat because the gluten collects on the fibers in your intestines. This in turn makes it so that your body isn’t getting all of the nutrients you need – even when you’re eating 5 servings of organic fruits and vegetables a day.
What you should be eating
Since wheat is found in nearly everything these days, you may be wondering what there is left that you can eat. Fortunately, there are still some options out there.
For starters, you can switch out all of your daily wheat products for rice substitutes that don’t lack in flavor; these rice products won’t clog your mind or body with gluten. At the local health foods store, you’ll be able to find brown rice, rice bread, rice noodles for pasta, and rice tortillas for tacos or breakfast burritos.
You’ll even find an alternative for oats! It’s usually assumed that oats always contain wheat, but by reading the label carefully, you’ll find oats without wheat.
Because there are so many different side effects to eating wheat, it’s best to just avoid this nutrient altogether if possible.