Sunday, January 22, 2012

Avoiding Gluten for Diabetics Too?

It's no secret that the quality of our food supply these days isn't the greatest. There's a seeming epidemic of diabetes and increasing numbers of people with gluten intolerance. Years ago, I knew very few people with allergies or diabetes, not to mention gluten intolerance. However, these days I continually run into people with at least one of these conditions. I've had allergies myself for years, which didn't develop until I was in my twenties.

Our immune systems have certainly been stressed by the omnipresence of toxic chemicals in our environment -- in our air, water, soil, food, clothing, furniture, toiletries, cosmetics, etc. People who are informed are well aware of this problem, but are toxic chemicals the culprit in higher incidence of diabetes?

I used to read that what was implicated in Type 2 Diabetes was eating too much sugar, along with lack of exercise. Well, I was surprised to read an article also implicating wheat. As it turns out, eating wheat can raise your glycemic index more that eating sugar can. Did you know that? I just read an article, "The Wheat Belly, " at

So wheat is now implicated in gluten intolerance and diabetes, as something to be avoided in one's diet.

The article cites Genetically Modified (GM) wheat as the culprit. However, I suspect that our modern version of wheat, through hybridizing, was already causing the digestibility issue -- and that GM wheat has managed to tip the scales for those sensitive to gluten -- and also for diabetics and those prone to it.

If you suffer from diabetes, it may be helpful for you now to avoid eating wheat. (Rye and barley also contain gluten.)

The good news is that there are other alternatives. For example, spelt is an ancient version of wheat that some people are now turning to. Spelt flour is fairly easy to find, especially on the internet.

Unfortunately, I've learned through the research I've done for my radio show, "Naturally Vibrant Living," that we have a lot of problems in our modern world that can pose a threat to our health. We have to take our health, including diet, into our own hands and sometimes go out of our way to find healthful food. It now looks like wheat falls into that category.

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