June 28, 2011

Gluten-free Foods Will Accelerate Onset of Diabetes

Yes, you are reading this correctly! Why should you not expect this from the US Food Industries? Because they are trying to make America fatter, and they are doing an excellent job of this! Don't blame those who have developed celiac disease as they cannot help it as it is an autoimmune disease like Type 1 diabetes.

When we have called on the US food industries to supply a solution for a problem, they manage to make us pay with more junk food and junk carbohydrates. Per Dr. William Davis in his blog here, saturated fat was replaced with hydrogenated fat and polyunsaturates, sucrose was replaced with high-fructose corn syrup, and now they are replacing wheat gluten-containing foods with junk carbohydrates.

If you don't think so, almost all gluten-free foods now use brown rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, and potato starch. Sometimes they do use amaranth flour, teff flour, or quinoa flour and other less popular, but still gluten-free grains.

The foods prepared with these gluten-free ingredients, which are free of gliadin and gluten, will add weight to you and probably make you diabetic. They do increase visceral fat, cause your blood glucose levels to head for the stratosphere higher and faster than most foods – even wheat, which is notorious by itself. In addition to diabetes, your chances of cardiovascular disease also increases because of the lipoprotein distortions.

As Dr. Davis says, “eliminating all things wheat from the diet is one of the most powerful health strategies I have ever witnessed. But replacing lost wheat with manufactured gluten-free foods is little better than replacing your poppy seed muffin with a bowl of jelly beans”.

What even bothers me is that gluten-free is becoming a fad and therefore the increase of manufactured gluten-free foods that are harmful to your health are proliferating in the market place. They are more expensive and have a higher profit margin thereby exciting the food industry into more production.

When people like Oprah Winfrey promote gluten-free, you know people will try it. There are many pitfalls and health problems that can result from going gluten-free without guidance from a doctor and dietitian.

An article in USA Today dot com from August 17, 2008 about gluten-free is very interesting and surprisingly gives some excellent warnings about doing this yourself. It explains some of the health problems of do-it-yourselfers. Please take time to read it.

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