Is WHEAT, a better alternative?
Wheat is high in amylopectin which is the most common form of starch, is faster releasing and does not have the same positive effect on insulin as beans and oats.
In most homes, especially in the African culture where we have ascribe to wheat as a healthier alternative to other forms of swallow (local mash).
Although substituting white flour for wheat flour for example wholemeal bread is better for you than white bread, but I must say; if you want to remove the weight more quickly, it is better to avoid wheat most of the time and go for breads, swallow (African mash) and pasta made with other grains such as corn. Oats,(contain some gluten, and are therefore usually considered okay for people with a wheat allergy, but are not recommended for a gluten free diet) and rye.
Wheat also contains a protein called gluten, which forms a sticky substance in the digestive system and because gluten is sticky as well as difficult to digest, it encourages the growth of unfriendly bacteria, which can produce toxic substances and gas. Also some individual are gluten intolerant.
Does this mean stop eating wheat and its products ? No, I am only stressing that you cut back on the portion and do not over compensate on wheat as being a healthier option. Especially if weight loss and reducing insulin spike is your goal. The nutrition provided by wheat certainly overshadows the problems with its consumption, except for those who have gluten intolerance.
To achieve a healthy balance diet, one does not need to eliminate wheat from their diet. What is needed is moderation and balance in diet and a lifestyle that incorporates sensible balances of activity, exercise and rest.
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