Wheat is a cereal grain and isn’t exactly a health food to your body and may cause a range of health conditions over time. It’s hard to believe this can be so, due to the wide variety of wheat foods easily available practically anywhere!
Although studies are underway, wheat is known as the “silent killer“ and while it is quite disruptive to the body whenever consumed, it allows for ill health to take place, which may eventually show up as time passes by.
Wheat was once upon a time great bread to consume but that was hundreds of years ago, which was known as fermented wheat or bread that doesn’t exist today!
This type of wheat were appropriate to consume, a long time ago but as wheat has been processed over the years and refined to a type of flour that has no nutritional value, little minerals and vitamins and no living “good” bacteria available in it, it truly is wheat gone bad.
It is best to avoid wheat, find great alternatives or go for gluten free-range to adopt a healthy lifestyle so let’s look at this subject in a bit more detail.
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Why is wheat so bad for you?
Wheat is certainly not natural but is great for a quick snack or some comfort food and when on the go in the form of pastries, sandwiches and pasta that is so versatile that absolutely anything goes with wheat, although when consumed regularly, some health conditions can mount up and cause irritating or devastating effects.
When consuming foods, any foods for that matter, it is important to note the nutritional value and whether or not it provides positive effects to your body. Any food consumed shouldn’t really do the body much harm and certainly not cause health disruptions, so check out the ingredients label for further information.
Wheat has and can pose serious ill effects such as:-
- Disrupts sugar levels – Is there a connection between diabetes and wheat consumption? Research does suggest that gluten, which are the proteins found in wheat, can cause inflammation of the intestine of those who have celiac disease. For this instance, it causes an immune response whenever wheat is consumed and overburdens the body.
- Clogs up arteries – You can have a build up of what is known as plaque( like dirty pipes!) within the arteries which can result when consuming wheat as your body analyses wheat as a foreign substance and works hard at removing from your body with much effort and provides an antibody response.
- Increase in blood pressure – You can have symptoms that occurs as a result of this and allows for low levels of oxygen in the brain or the inflammation of blood vessels. Your diet certainly contributes to your health and an overload of wheat can allow for carbohydrate toxicity which can allow for difficulty in fully digesting wheat.
- Effects your mood and behaviour – Wheat can cause the above symptoms which allows for feeling fatigue with low energy levels, brain fog as oxygen levels can be effected and obesity has been associated to the consumption of wheat due to contributing to digestion problems, therefore feeling down or depressed as a result.
People with celiac disease feels pain and discomfort with the consumption of wheat and it makes you question the food altogether, is it even worth eating and so there are great alternatives available out there, hallelujah!
What foods contains Wheat
When you walk into any local store, supermarket or restaurants, we know that most foods contains gluten and can be hard to avoid. If you follow a diet or plan to avoid gluten foods, then it can be easy to avoid also! Simply make it a habit.
Many snacks and savouries such as crisps, biscuits and cakes contain wheat flour along with artificial ingredients that has no benefits to your body whatsoever. Regular consumption can cause stomach problems and perhaps some skin conditions such as irritated skin or itching.
You can choose healthier alternatives which can be nearby or in the gluten free section. Try swapping wheat products to oat cakes or biscuits, rice crackers which may contain a variety of flavours or gluten free delicious cakes.
Many cereals and rolls contain wheat and usually a huge range available in many food shops. You can look for gluten free cereals and ensure to check the ingredients.
Great replacements can include quinoa, home made gluten free rolls or to use other flours for your baking needs such as coconut flour or buckwheat flour.
Rice pasta or oat pasta are great alternatives to wheat pasta’s and found in many heath alternative stores. Corn snack are good substitutes to snack on and ensure they are GM free. You can also snack seaweed crisps or chickpea savouries that are great alternatives when avoiding wheat for your heath needs.
What Is Gluten?
Consuming this sparingly is ideal or many people have completely eliminated this from their diet for a healthier lifestyle. Gluten is a protein and refers to rye and barley and triggers an immune response (particularly with celiac patients) that causes damage and harm to the lining of the stomach and bowels.
According to Dr Tom O’Bryan who is known as an internationally recognized speaker of gluten sensitivity which describes wheat as:-
“No human has the enzymes to break down wheat, the proteins of wheat, into their individual amino acids. Amino acids are the only molecules of protein that are supposed to get through the intestines into the bloodstream,”
Wheat is a big carbohydrate that is difficult to digest while the body works hard and releases reactions within the body in response to consuming wheat. It seems that the body works ever so hard and at a faster pace than normal to help your body deal with the wheat consumed.
While there is much debate around wheat while it’s the most consumed food worldwide. It is extremely cheap and easily accessible. Consuming less of this grain or eliminating it from your diet can contribute to a healthier lifestyle, however caution is advised for this sudden change to allow your body to adjust to.
Please consult professional medical advice at all times and also finding great replacements and alternatives can help towards eating healthier and for your overall well-being.
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