First you need to know that wheat is Good For Most People.

This comes from Marion Nestle at http://www.foodpolitics.com and man do I love Dr. Nestle. She is straight, trustworthy and razor sharp.

Here’s what she said in her recent email post:

As Food Navigator-USA puts it, “No, wheat does not make people fat and sick.”

Bread lover that I am, I consider recent research to be giving us good news.

Food Navigator is referring to a review of research on whole wheat and health published in the Journal of Cereal Science.  The authors conclude that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, eating whole-wheat foods is good for you.

In fact, foods containing whole-wheat, which have been prepared in customary ways (such as baked or extruded), and eaten in recommended amounts, have been associated with significant reductions in risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a more favourable long term weight management.

 

Nevertheless, individuals that have a genetic predisposition for developing celiac disease, or who are sensitive or allergic to wheat proteins, will benefit from avoiding wheat and other cereals that contain proteins related to gluten, including primitive wheat species (einkorn, emmer, spelt) and varieties, rye and barley

 

Based on the available evidence, we conclude that whole-wheat consumption cannot be linked to increased prevalence of obesity in the general population.

The authors find little evidence in support of popular myths:

  • Proliferation of wheat products parallels obesity and is causally related.  No, it does not.

  • Wheat starch differs from starches in other foods in especially undesirable ways.  No, it does not.

  • Whole wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than sugar.  No, it does not.

  • Wheat contains opioids that make people addictive. No, they do not.

 

So, wheat is good for most people. Can we stop with the wheat shunning now?

Eat wheat (if you can).

 

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