On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 4 shocking reasons why you should give up wheat.
I’m often asked:
“Brad, why are you telling me not to eat wheat, when the government’s food pyramid says 99.53% of our calories should come from wheat.“
OK, first off, I’m exaggerating a little bit.
The government’s food pyramid, now known as MyPlate, doesn’t recommend 99.53% of your calories from wheat.
It’s probably more like 93% 😂.
I’m not saying everyone should 100% give up wheat, unless you’re suffering from celiac disease.
If you have celiac disease, say bye bye to wheat forever.
All I am saying is wheat should not be a regular ingredient in your everyday diet, if you’re looking to:
In other words, safe your wheat consumption for your pizza cheat meal.
Here are the 4 shocking reasons why you should give up wheat.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat that can be difficult for most people to digest.
I don’t even feed my dog wheat.
If you have a suspicion that you have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, it’s best to avoid it on the daily.
In fact, there may be evidence showing that humans have never had the proper stomach enzymes to break down gluten, and properly digest it.
This leads me into shocking reason #2.
Here’s what I mean by this.
Over the last 100 years or so, wheat has been genetically engineered.
Today’s wheat has over 3-4 times as much gluten when compared to your great grandma Ethel’s wheat.
This is possibly why cases of people with gluten sensitivities has increased dramatically over the years.
Let’s keep moving on to shocking reason #3.
The recommended daily amount of fiber for:
Many people are brainwashed into thinking wheat products, including bread, provide most of this fiber.
However, here’s the thing.
A typical piece of bread contains:
As you can see, when it comes to fiber content, whole wheat bread and white bread are very similar.
Based on this, you’d have to eat a lot of bread to hit the daily fiber goal of 35g.
Oh, you would like that, wouldn’t you.
Let’s compare the fiber content in whole wheat bread to nature’s source of fiber, fruit and vegetables.
In just one cup of raspberries, there’s approximately 8g of fiber.
That’s 8 times more fiber than whole wheat bread.
There’s also 5 times more fiber in one cup of broccoli than whole wheat bread.
If you want to increase your fiber consumption, fruits and vegetables is where it’s at.
Most people think wheat doesn’t affect blood sugar levels as much as white bread, because it’s higher in fiber.
However, as we just saw in the previous example, the difference in fiber is not much at all.
Wheat bread is only slightly lower on the glycemic index compared to white bread.
The glycemic index is just a value assigned to foods based on how quickly they cause increases in your blood sugar levels.
When your blood sugar spikes, the fat storing hormone insulin is secreted to remove the sugar from your blood, and in many cases, store it in your fat cells.
In other words, wheat can have the same effect on blood sugar as table sugar!
Let’s wrap this up.
Once again, this is not to say you should never have wheat again.
I just want to be clear that wheat should not be apart of your everyday healthy diet.
Stick to wheat consumption during your pizza cheat meal.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.