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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

These Five Foods May Cause Problems VERY Similar to Wheat

These Five Foods May Cause Problems VERY Similar to Wheat.  If you have been experiencing serious health issues unrelated to disease, consider this topic of wheat.  Since most of the wheat in this nation, possibly elsewhere, is GMO, the gluten content has been bioengineered to be far higher than gluten once was in grains.  Many, including myself, have developed severe reactions to high gluten, especially wheat, products.  I was forced to eliminate all grains from my diet to get rid of the symptoms that were destroying my health. 

"While eliminating wheat from your diet is an excellent and necessary step for improving health, it may not be alone sufficient, especially in those with serious health challenges.  According to a series of articles on the website Green Med Info, there are other foods in the Western diet that have properties similar to wheat, because they contain "chitin binding lectins", which are similar to wheat lectin (WGA).
Chitins are long polymers of n-acetyl-glucosamine, the primary binding target of wheat lectin. Wheat lectin and chitin-binding lectin are therefore functionally identical. Chitin-binding lectin containing foods include:
  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Rice
"Additionally, sprouted grains, which are typically considered to be healthful fare can also be problematic for a couple of different reasons. Not only do sprouted whole wheat contain the highest amounts of wheat lectin, sprouted grains also contain benzoxazinoids (BAs)—a surprisingly toxic component!
Even a modest reduction in consumption of these types of carbohydrate-rich foods may promote loss of deep belly fat. This could help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease, as excess visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat) raises the risk of these diseases.
According to Eurekalert:
"... [S]ubjects who consumed [a] moderately carb-restricted diet had 11 percent less deep abdominal fat than those who ate the standard diet ... [S]ubjects on both diets lost weight. However, the moderately carb-restricted diet promoted a 4 percent greater loss of total body fat".

Non-Wheat Grains May Be Just as Bad as Wheat..."     If you have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), it's absolutely imperative to avoid all kinds of gluten—primarily wheat. But did you know that other non-wheat grains, and even some vegetables, such as tomato, may be problematic as well? Yes, there are a number of other foods with very similar properties to wheat! The following foods contain "chitin binding lectins", which are similar to wheat lectin (WGA):
"Chitins" are long polymers of n-acetyl-glucosamine, the primary binding target of wheat lectin. Wheat lectin and "chitin-binding lectin" are therefore functionally identical. This is probably news to most people, and could be an important tidbit for anyone struggling with celiac disease, or any other gastrointestinal issues.

Be Careful if You Have Insulin Resistance

About 85 percent of the people in the population have insulin resistance, and eating any grains, even healthy organic unprocessed ones can be a problem. How do you know if you have insulin resistance?
There are two ways.
You can measure your fasting insulin level. It should be under 3. It is relatively inexpensive and I believe most people should have it done The higher it is, the worse your insulin resistance. If you want to forgo the hassle of a blood test then you can use clinical conditions as a gauge. If you have any of the following four conditions you most likely have insulin resistance
  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol 
Bread Consumption and Cancer
"That said, bread (grain) consumption in general has been shown to increase your risk of cancer… For example, an Italian study published in 2007 found "a significant direct trend in risk" between bread consumption and renal cell carcinoma. Compared to those with the lowest consumption, those with the highest bread consumption nearly doubled their risk of this type of kidney cancer.
Pasta and rice consumption increased the risk by almost 30 percent.
Although that study didn't specify the disease mechanism at play, it's a well-known fact that excessive grain consumption leads to insulin resistance—sooner or later—and that insulin resistance is the primary underlying factor of most chronic disease, including cancer. My feeling is that you start to dramatically increase your risk for cancer once your fasting blood sugar rises above 100. The higher your blood sugar level, the higher your risk of cancer. As for your insulin; your fasting insulin level should, ideally, be below 3, as mentioned earlier."
These Five Foods May Cause Problems VERY Similar to Wheat.  Do  yourself a favor and try a wheat free diet for a month or two. See how you feel.  If you find yourself still symptomatic, start eliminating the other foods on this list above and in the article cited here.  Link below:

I will be posting a few articles on lectins and how they wreck your health.  Watch for them.  

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