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Posted: 3/27/2012 12:00:00 PM
Edited: 4/30/2022 10:30:45 AM (2)
 

Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis, originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-03-27


Let’s get high

Some things in life are best kept to a minimum: war, crime, debt, rap music, and . . . insulin.

High levels of insulin–“hyperinsulinemia”–is among the fundamental steps that lead to so-called resistance to insulin that, in turn, leads to the cascade of events resulting in visceral fat accumulation, i.e., deep abdominal fat that encircles organs and is a virtual factory for inflammatory signals. Foods that trigger insulin to high levels thereby can be expected to contribute most to growing that belly hanging over your belt.

Below is a graph of blood insulin responses after oral glucose, white bread, whole wheat bread, and bread made from a finely-ground flour that the investigators called “ultra-fine-ground whole-grain wheat flour.” This was done by a group at the USDA to study whether the particle size of wheat made any difference on blood sugar, insulin, and other measures, but I think it demonstrates something different.

Here’s the effect of these 4 challenge foods on insulin:

unclear which figure was referenced
(possibly Supplemental Figure S1 or S2,
but paper is now pay-walled,
with Supplements inaccessible)

From Behall et al 1999. Full text [no longer] here (http://www.jacn.org/content/18/6/591.long).
It might have been: The Effect of Particle Size of Whole-Grain Flour on Plasma Glucose, Insulin, Glucagon and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone in Humans
https://doi.org/10.1080/07315724.1999.10718893

Note that all 4 challenge foods increased insulin approximately four-fold–400%. That’s an awful lot. But did you notice what food increased insulin the most? Yup, whole wheat bread, even without the fine-grind.

Eat wheat-containing grains for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and guess what? You’ll have sky-high insulin levels triggered repeatedly throughout the day. Given a few years of day-in, day-out high insulin and you will grow this collection of visceral fat I call a “wheat belly.”


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