We haven’t talked much lately about the “yogi diet,” but I just saw a post at the appropriately named wheatbellyblog that breaks down the various problems with wheat.
Wheat is the perfect obesogen, a food perfectly crafted to cause weight gain. That’s because wheat contains:
Gliadin–Upon digestion, gliadin is reduced to a collection of 5 polypeptides, each 4 or 5 amino acids long, that bind to the opiate receptors of the brain. Unlike opiates such as morphine and heroin, gliadin-derived polypeptides don’t provide pain relief nor euphoria, but only stimulate appetite. The power of the effect varies, but 400 more calories intake per day is common. In people susceptible to binge eating disorder or bulimia, the effect can be much greater, even dominating habit and mind, triggering intake of 1000 or more calories per day.
The appetite stimulation is, for me, the most apparent “side effect” of eating wheat. I know I started eating less when we cut out wheat. It’s the one that makes me think the others might not just be in my head.
And, since I know so many Ashtanga practitioners love talking about their bowels, I’ll point out that there is a discussion of “bowel flora” at the post, as well. So enjoy that!
Posted by Steve