You remember wheat and know what it looks like. Would you believe if I said that you have wheat addiction? Until a few years ago, wheat was taller, more majestic. But today, wheat plants are no taller than two feet and are made stockier, in order to support heavier seedbed. This is not the result of natural genetic modification over the years, but the result of years and years of cross-breeding and hybridization in order to make them perform better in bad climates.
Wheat Addiction and its Symptoms
Wheat is used in more products than you can imagine, from whole wheat to wheat grain, from soy sauce to junk food, biscuits and more. Although many people claim that whole wheat is better than refined wheat, the truth is that they are not much different. Regardless of which type of wheat you consume, doing it on a regular basis can make you addicted. So what are the symptoms of wheat addiction?
- The weight around your mid-section does not seem to go away, no matter what you do
- You crave carbs, mostly junk food containing wheat
- You feel like you should cut down on how much you’re eating, but you are constantly hungry
- In men, there is increase in visceral fat, which also produces estrogen, resulting in the growth of breast tissue. The extra estrogen can also lead to stroke, heart disease and even the risk of cancer.
How does the Addiction start?
Back in 1984, it was believed that gluten had addictive compounds in it. Opioids act on opiate receptors in our brains to bring about morphine like effect, which makes it addictive. It was proven that peptides (certain amino acids) derived from gluten also show similar effect on the brain.
It’s hard to feel full after eating wheat, and you begin to seek out something to eat more and more. When you eat, your blood sugar spikes, in a couple of hours it drops and you end up looking for your next wheat fix.
Beyond just addicting you to make you eat more and gain weight, there are many other assumptions when it comes to eating wheat.
Here’s what constant intake of Wheat can do to you
Wheat causes inflammation throughout the body, leading to many other diseases. An average person can suffer from any of the following health problems with continued wheat consumption.
- Low energy
- Full body inflammation
- Autoimmune disease
- Peptic ulcers
- Celiac disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Insulin-dependent diabetes
Ways to cut Wheat Consumption
Regardless of whether you believe you are addicted to wheat or not, it is better for you to avoid it altogether. It is a highly contaminated crop. You can try to quit wheat all at once or remove wheat and gluten from your diet a little by little. But, be advised that the prolonged process will make you crave wheat more, making it harder to quit.
If you plan on quitting wheat, start by limiting your wheat intake to a couple times a week. You can also try to find and alternatives for your snacks that contain wheat ingredients.
Once you start cutting wheat from your diet, you may feel irritability, fatigue, brain fog or even depression, but remember, these withdrawal symptoms are only temporary.
Cutting wheat is like cutting sugar or coffee, which suggests that you CAN get addicted to wheat. While evidence does exist that point to wheat addiction, it is far from conclusive.