Wheat and grain-based foods are all around us. We love our bagels, pasta, bread and breakfast cereals. For many, the thought of eliminating these staples from our diets seems wholly unreasonable, if not ludicrous. But a growing number of people are switching to wheat-free diets — and for very good reason. As science is increasingly showing, eating wheat increases the potential for a surprising number of health problems.
As Food Navigator-USA puts it, No, wheat does not make people fat and sick.
Bread lover that I am, I consider recent research to be giving us good news.
Food Navigator is referring to a review of research on whole wheat and health just published in the Journal of Cereal Science of all places. The authors conclude that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, eating whole-wheat foods is good for you.
In fact, foods containing whole-wheat, which have been prepared in customary ways (such as baked or extruded), and eaten in recommended amounts, have been associated with significant reductions in risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a more favourable long term weight management. Nevertheless, individuals that have a genetic predisposition for developing celiac disease, or who are sensitive or allergic to wheat proteins, will benefit from avoiding wheat and other cereals that contain proteins related to gluten, including primitive wheat species (einkorn, emmer, spelt) and varieties, …
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