Do You Know Nutrition: Wheat belly explained

By Phylis Canion
June 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.

Is there such a thing as wheat belly? I caught the tail end of a radio show that said whole-wheat bread increases blood sugar as much, or more than table sugar. Can this be true? I wish I would have heard the entire program, as I am a big bread eater, and I do have a belly. Can you please help me out on this?

I am not sure if it is the same reference, but there is an excellent book, "Wheat Belly," written by cardiologist Dr. William Davis, M.D.

In Davis' book, he refers to amylopectin, a type of sugar that wheat contains that raises blood sugar in an extravagant fashion. Davis states eating just two slices of whole wheat bread, can raise blood sugar more than two tablespoons of pure sugar.

Modern wheat is the altered offspring of genetically modified manipulations that no longer resembles wheat not only externally, because it is dwarfed in height, but biochemical differences as well, since wheat is now a super carbohydrate.

According to Davis, one of the reasons that wheat consuming people are more overweight than those individuals who don't eat wheat is because of the re-engineered protein form of gliadin that acts as a powerful appetite stimulant.

Because there is so much more to write about this subject, I recommend you purchase a copy of "Wheat Belly," which has been on the New York Time's best seller list and is an excellent read.

Is it true that the human body contains enough sulfur to kill all of the fleas on an average dog?

Yes, that is true. And did you know that the human body also contains enough carbon to make 900 lead pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make seven bars of soap, enough phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads and enough water to fill a 10-gallon tank? And you just used 17 muscles to make that smile.

Thought for the week: Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile and a grateful heart.

Next free nutrition class is at 7 p.m. on June 11 at Organic Emporium.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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