Multi-Grain and Wheat Breads
Terms like multi-grain, 7-grain, and wheat sound healthy, but they may NOT actually contain heart-healthy whole grains.
Many breads labeled “multi-grain” and “wheat” are typically made with refined grains, so you’re not getting the full nutritional benefit of the whole grain.
Read nutrition labels carefully. If the first flour in the ingredient list is refined (it will typically say “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour”), then you are not getting a 100% whole-grain bread.
Regardless, breads have high carb numbers. On my plan, you can have one slice of toast per week in place of a fruit–instead of the two small fruit servings per day. However, when I eat wheat, I tend to either get bloated, stuck in my weight or gain weight. Read this book to find out wheat is making you fat. http://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Belly-Lose-Weight-Health/dp/1609611543
Wheat Can Cause Illnesses and Disease
“–Accumumulation of inflammatory visceral fat (a “wheat belly”),
–Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes
–Gastrointestinal disruption–acid reflux/heart burn, esophagitis, esophageal stricture, bowel urgency/irritable bowel syndrome, worsening of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease)
–Neurological impairment–from mind “fog” and behavior outbursts in children with autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD, to paranoia and hallucinations in schizophrenia, to food obsessions in those prone to bulimia and binge eating disorder, to triggering of mania in bipolar illness, to depression in the depression-prone. Also add cerebellar ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, and dementia to the list (“gluten encephalopathy”).
–Joint pain and arthritis–Including both “wear-and-tear” osteoarthritis as well as inflammatory forms like rheumatoid.
–Autoimmune diseases–The peculiar potential for the gliadin protein of wheat to “unlock” the normal intestinal barriers, allowing foreign antigens access into the bloodstream, is the first step in autoimmunity, the immune system’s misguided effort to eliminate the “intruder,” such as your thyroid gland, colon, small intestine, synovial lining of your joints, skin, thymus, liver, pancreas, even brain.
–Skin disorders–Skin rashes and damage from wheat are as varied as they are ubiquitous. There is hardly a skin condition that is not caused by wheat. (Not to say that all skin conditions are caused by wheat–they are not, but that, of all the myriad skin conditions experienced by humans, virtually all have been associated with wheat consumption.) This ranges from the level of nuisance, such as acne, to the level of life-threatening, such as leg gangrene.”
My Advice on Eating Wheat
Don’t do it or make alternative choices and do it minimally.
I had a wheat belly and I had people always asking me when my baby was due. (Never had a baby in there!). I gave up wheat and no one asks anymore.
I know it is hard and you can get used to it. Wheat products are designed to cause your brain to be addicted to them. This is especially true of cereal products. There is just enough designed ingredients to go to the pleasure center of your brain to cause that addiction, making it hard to get clean from its use. It is like heroin, but cheaper and easier to get–and legal too.
There are alternatives that I like.
These 3 alternatives might not be healthy, but you can remain on your diet
1. Find a low carb bread like Ezekiel, Sara Lee’s 90 calorie bread choices, etc. If a slice of bread is more than 15g of net carbs, you might not want to eat it. Imagine. Eating a sandwich that has over 30g of carbs and you don’t want to get more than 50g to 100g of carbs per day to lose weight or maintain. Then, you have to be super careful and picky in your choices the rest of the day.
2. Western Bagel Perfect 10 bagel has only 10g net carbs and is perfect for a make-shift sandwich. I love them, but I limit them. Wheat can bloat you and if you read the Wheat Belly book, you will understand why that is a fact.
3. Low-Carb Tortillas. My favorite ones are at Costco and Trader Joes. Around 4g net carbs. I make a pan-fried turkey tomato, low-fat sour cream and low-fat cheese tortilla and it is delish. Takes only minutes and under 10g of carbs for the whole delicious thing.
I have written blogs on these items in the past and showed recipes and my creations. Any questions, please write.