As a Certified Sport Nutrition Specialist I have a tendance to do a lot of reading. I have numerous reference books on nutrition and exercise. I want to be able to give my clients, in Mission, B.C., the latest news.
Why the conflicting opinions!
There are experts out there that have different points of views. Some say wheat, the whole wheat kind and all the other "wheats" are the best thing since sliced bread! Others will say that wheat is a killer for humans and is one of the main contributing factors for the obesity crisis we now face.
Two books with opposing points of view are: for wheat ... The China Study by T. Collin CAMPBELL, PhD and Thomas M. CAMPBELL, PhD ... this is more about eating your fruits and vegetables and the dangers of animal protein. (Go onto the blog: http://rawfoodsos.com for a review of the work Dr Campbell did and a rebutal on the idea that wheat is good for you)
The other book: against wheat is "Wheat Belly" by Dr William Davis who will show the history of wheat and the damage it can do to the body.
My daughter, who was having dizzy spells which led to nausea, went off wheat after I spoke to her and besides losing weight, has found her symptoms diminished.
Two other clients of mine, who are overweight have been advised to go off wheat for a two week period. One is finally staring to lose weight and the other has just started but will lose weight for sure. Of course the first bit of weight is really water weight as one carbohydrate molecule uses three water molecules!
A carb is just a carb!
All wheats are carbohydrates and carbs have a glycemic index ... which tells how fast they cause an insulin spike ... white bread has a glycemic index of 70, whole wheat 71, cracked wheat 71, rye 58, multigrain 43 .... the higher the number the faster it breaks down into glucose and the faster the insulin spike. White and brown sugar have a glycemic index of 68!
A carb is not a carb .. we want to be eating carbs that are low on the glycemic scale ....
What do we feed our cattle and chickens to get them fat?
Our cattle are no longer grass fed but grain fed, as are our chickens. This is because grain is cheap and fattens them up quickly. It also makes them unhealthy so they need to be injected with antibiotics, which eventually get into our system! If we use grain to make cattle and chickens fat, what do you think it does to us?
What carbs should I eat?
Here is a topic all experts seem to agree on ... the best and the healthiest carbs that we can eat are fruits and vegetables ... with vegetables being the winner.
SO GIVE IT A TRY ... LOWER YOUR CONSUMTION OF GRAINS AND INCREASE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!