Wheat: The Silent Killer

wheatThere are certain foods that we eat everyday without even knowing it. Even though you may think what you are consuming is healthy, your meals might contain elements that are actually harmful to your body. There are certain foods that have the most potential for causing havoc on your body and wheat is one of the most harmful. Although it may seem harmless, this ingredient has the ability to cause diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even cancer. It is important to always know what is exactly going into your food and what those foods have the capability of doing to your health once they are consumed, even if it is something as common as wheat.

There are things called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) that are said to accelerate the aging process. They can also harm your organs, joints and cause skin damage. High blood sugar levels are one of the main causes of AGEs occurring in the body. However, don’t think this means diabetics are more susceptible to these glycation causing substances than the rest of us. And, if you eat wheat, you might be promoting AEG growth in your body more than you think. 

Bread is something that almost everyone eats daily. It is easy, filling and tastes good. However, next time you go to make your child a sandwich, think about what kind of bread you are using. Even if you are using a whole wheat loaf, more likely than not, it is going to contain some type of added sweetener like high fructose corn syrup. There is even a more potent sweetener that is specific to wheat products that is called Amylopectin-A which acts like a super sugar of sorts, causing blood sugar to rise more than any other carb. Not only does this encourage AEGs, but it can cause increased insulin, weight gain and put you at risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

Gluten is another aspect of wheat that is cause to ban it from your diet. Even if you don’t have Celiac disease, gluten can have negative affects on your health. It can cause inflammation in the digestive track and cause other stomach issues. It is speculated that wheat didn’t always cause such problems to the digestive system, but since the rise of genetically modified organisms there has been an increase in disease. 

Although it might be difficult, limited the amount of wheat in your diet could be an essential way of living a healthier lifestyle. Take baby steps, maybe only eating whole wheat toast twice a week for breakfast instead of every morning, or only taking a sandwich one day a week to work for lunch. Try getting your fiber from other fruits and vegetables that won’t hurt your digestive system or spike your blood sugar levels. Eventually you won’t have the cravings for wheat products as much as you used to and you might even begin to notice a change in how you feel.

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