Why carbohydrates are bad for you

why carbohydrates are bad for you

“The food you eat is making you sick and the agencies that are providing you with guidelines on what to eat are giving dangerous advice with devastating health consequences. You can change that today” says Dr. William Davis, cardiologist, health crusader and author of the book ‘Wheat Belly’.

Dr. Davis has long researched on what kind of food makes us sick, as well as exposing the real agenda of pharmaceutical companies.  

The need to eliminate wheat and grains for improved health

You probably already know that grains and sugar are bad for our health. But according to Dr. William Davis wheat is the most dominant and the worst of all grains in particular. In his book he gives all the reasons why we should start eliminating wheat and other grains from our diet.   

Numerous studies over recent years reveal that LDL-cholesterol is not as bad as people think.  But because pharmaceutical companies rake in so much profits, they make it appear that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and cardiovascular mortality.   

The real truth about wheat

Dr. Davis explains that grains, in particular, exert all sorts of toxic effects in our gastrointestinal tract.  They also get into the blood stream, and “because grains are highly-inflammatory, many people have an adverse reaction to wheat germ and gluten.”

People mistakenly think that gluten is the primary problem, but it is only one factor in a long list of many other toxic components in grains. People will start eliminating wheat and avoid grains altogether, once they understand how toxic they can be.  

Grains cause many chronic diseases. Wheat causes inflammation, which underlies many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, dementia, and heartburn.  

Beware of processed Corn, GMO and HFCS

Unfortunately, GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are produced by companies like Monsanto in order to grow crops in depleted soils that hold less nutrients. Therefore, only buy organic corn and check all labels for GMO when buying corn or any corn-containing products.

The U.S and most other western developed nations are over-consuming highly processed foods that have multiple chemically engineered ingredients derived from corn. Also, all of the corn available in standard American supermarkets today is genetically modified or is unrecognizable due to how much processing it’s gone through.

Corn is one of the cheapest sources of sugar in the United States, thanks to agricultural policies that subsidize corn crops, so food manufacturers often turn to high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a low-cost sweetener for processed foods. HFCS should have no place in a diet. According to research conducted at Princeton University, consuming HFCS makes weight gain and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, more likely.

Always check nutrition labels. HFCS can be found in sweetened cereals, baked goods and in some “health” foods like yogurt and granola.

Sugar and Hyperglycemia

Despite the flawed sugar and cancer theories of the past, recent research reveals a link between excess sugar intake and cancer. It’s well known that people with type II diabetes have an increased risk of several cancers.

There is also a link between elevated blood sugar levels and the formation of cancer cells (oncogenesis), cell death in cancer cells (apoptosis resistance) and tumors resistant to chemotherapy.

Sugar and Proteins Keep Cancer Cells Alive

Cancer cells don’t die off in the orderly way that healthy cells do, and they are believed to be immortal. Scientists have discovered that cancer cells use a combination of sugar and specific proteins to keep growing. These cancer cells appear to use sugar at a high rate, ignoring cellular instructions to die off.

Foods To Avoid  

There is a long list of sugary foods and grains that have proven to be bad for our health, but the main culprits are those that spike blood sugar:

  • cornstarch (the biggest culprit!)
  • refined sugar
  • rice flour
  • tapioca
  • starch
  • potato flour

Cornstarch can cause cataract and hypertension, as well as develop high blood sugar and high insulin. According to research cornstarch triggers the growth of inflammatory fat around our organs, increases heart disease risk, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and cancer.  

Foods you can eat

Eating whole foods is advisable. However, we must avoid eating the seeds of grasses because they are grains. Other recommended foods to include in our diet are:

  • raw nuts
  • healthy oils
  • grass-fed meats
  • real cultured cheeses
  • vegetables, excepting potatoes

Although fruits are healthier than candies, Dr. Davis suggests limiting fruit intake – especially bananas, mangoes, and grapes. 

Why seeds and grasses are bad for us

The reason is mainly genetic: because humans do not have the digestive apparatus to break down the components of grasses.   

Also, the wheat we know today is different from the natural wheat humans originally ate in ancient times. According to Dr. Davis people developing tooth decay in ancient times was very rare despite having no toothpaste. It was only when grain was introduced into the human diet that bone diseases and iron deficiencies became common health complaints – aside from tooth decay. 

In our modern times it is all about modified and processed sugars and grains produced by the big corporations and the profits to be made, as well as by the pharmaceutical companies and their aggressive campaigns for drugs that treat the illnesses caused by sugar and grain products.

How to cope with wheat withdrawal  

Once we are aware that we need to avoid starches and sugars (high carbohydrate foods), and start following a low carbohydrate diet, the next big challenge is coping with the withdrawal symptoms. People often report having little energy, but there are ways to counter the withdrawal symptoms. 

Dr. Davis strongly advises avoiding Statin drugs. Rather take supplements like iodine, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium to help your body to adjust. In addition to that, taking probiotics will help to address constipation, as well as the feeling of being bloated.  

Another useful strategy is to consume salt and lots of water to compensate for the loss of salt when urinating, and dehydration.

Click here for more info on coping with withdrawal symptoms.

For more reading:

Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor, by Dr William Davis

“In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health. This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems”. (Amazon)

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