The Benefits and Drawbacks of Wheat (and Everything Else in Between)

Weight watchers all over the world have made one food product their best friend: the all-natural and oh-so-healthy wheat. So many scientists and researchers have studied and published their findings on the advantages of wheat and how great this is for one’s health – particularly for those who want to get rid of excess pounds. 

But unknown to wheat lovers all over the world, there are actually a lot of other benefits one may have from including wheat in their diet.

The Benefits of Wheat You Probably Didn’t Know Of 

First of all, wheat is a heart-healthy food option. In fact, all cases of cardio-vascular problems can be diminished and / or prevented if this is included in one’s diet.

Rich in Magnesium, a co-factor to hundreds of enzymes in the body – specifically those which ensures proper glucose and insulin secretion – wheat greatly reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes. An extensive 8-year testing was done on African American women who are at risk to this disease and it has shown very positive results.

Wheat, just like spinach and beets, has Betaine. This nutrient has been proven to decrease chronic inflammation which means that eating wheat could greatly alleviate the symptoms of diseases like Osteoporosis, Heart Disease and even Alzheimer’s, just to name a very few.

Prevention is better than cure, as we all know. Gallstones, female gastro-intestinal problems, breast cancer (pre or post-menopausal), childhood asthma, and so many more conditions can be prevented with regular intake of whole wheat.

The Disadvantages of Whole Wheat – Something You SHOULD Know Of 

There really is only one reason why you should veer away from wheat completely: Celiac Disease.

Also known as Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy, Celiac Disease is basically (in the simplest terms, at least) a condition wherein the lining of the intestines is allergic to anything with gluten. Wheat, as in the case of rye, barley and other grains, contain gluten. If you eat this, you will surely experience bloating, cramps, abdominal pains, diarrhea and so many more.

But there have been other bad PR about whole wheat and you might be wondering – are all those news true?

For instance, they have said that ‘old’ wheat – that which is not too processed, as they have done centuries ago – is good. The new ‘Frankengrain’, that which has been ‘fortified’ with so many nutrients and additives is not.

The idea of food crops undergoing genetic enrichment is scary and there are some food companies which do this. But not all do, so it’s best to read the back labels of your grocery products to be sure.

The Whole Wheat Dilemma – Solved!

There is a wise adage which states that too little or too much of anything is a bad thing. The same is true with whole wheat. Except for those with Celiac Disease, including wheat in your diet is a good thing. But don’t go overboard with this.

Make sure that you get just the right amount of Carbohydrates (wheat is carbs, by the way), Protein, Vitamins and Minerals and Fat. As long as each food group is represented well in your meals, you’ve got nothing to worry about.


Healthy Living Made Easy 

Works Cited:

Health Benefits of Wheat

Celiac Disease: When to Avoid Wheat

Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned Into a Modern Health Nightmare

The Secrets of Healthy Eating and Portion Control

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