Today on The Dr. Oz Show, we talk about wheat. Dr. Oz guests Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, who goes as far to describe wheat as “poison”. The “Frankenwheat” of today is not the wheat of our parents and grandparents time. Davis goes on to comment that no one should be eating this “creation of genetics research” and that “nobody escapes the effects of modern wheat,” Dr. William Davis says.
Dr. Oz has been wrong about whole wheat all along, Dr. Davis says. The most startling of findings is that wheat contains a unique protein unique called glyoden [sic] that has the potential to bind to opium receptors in the brain like heroin or morphine. The difference is wheat doesn’t provide euphoria or relief from pain. Rather, glyoden stimulates appetite and this is what makes wheat so addictive as it makes us want to eat more junk carbs like bagels and chips.
In this regard then, whole wheat isn’t the solution. Though better than regular white flour, Dr. Davis comments that we’d just be swapping one bad thing for something less bad, and makes a comparison between smoking filtered and non-filtered cigarettes. Still bad.
Eating non-wheat food, your body will stimulate a little insulin to make that food into energy. When we eat wheat, the body takes that wheat and dramatically increases insulin and it just spills over turning all that excess into fat. In fact, in a Dr. Oz study with 5 women, 3 out of the 5 women had a higher blood sugar spike from eating wheat bread than by eating a candy bar. Ultimately, this results into what is called “wheat belly”.
Luckily, there’s a solution. We can lose 15 pounds in 30 days just by eliminating wheat from our diet. The logic goes that by eliminating wheat, we eliminate those addictive stimulations of wanting to keep eating. Following Dr. Davis’ plan will, on average, lessen our calorie intake by as much as 440 calories per day. Here are the steps:
1. Eliminate wheat – cold turkey even. Watch out for foods that don’t seem like they contain wheat but actually do like tomato soup, licorice, and chewing gum.
2. Eat real food like nuts, beans, olives, fruits, lentils, etc. These are usually the single-ingredient foods. Also, Dr. Davis warns against taking in too many fruits because of their sugar content.
3. Take in wheat-replacements like ground olives, coconut flour, Shirataki noodles, spaghetti squash, etc. to recreate your fave dishes like pancakes, pizza, pastas, and brownies without all the hazards of wheat.
That’s the best of Dr. Oz today on 12/3/12. Tomorrow, we’ll be back with another recap of the best health news from The Dr. Oz Show. Until then please do check out our OZ archives HERE.
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