Rice vs. Potato vs. Quinoa vs. Whole Wheat.... which one has the most vitamins????
The original question is Epic Fail.
Pitting one against the other is like watching those NFL replacement games with the substandard players (or referees). They all suck and you should chuck them all out and throw down for the good stuff.
This isn't about wheat vs. rice. This is about wheatORriceORpotatoORquinoaORcorn vs. Vegetables. Vegetables win hands down.
This isn't about wheat vs. potato. This is about wheatORriceORpotatoORquinoaORcorn vs. Meat. Meat wins hands down.
This isn't about wheat vs. quinoa. This is about wheatORriceORpotatoORquinoaORcorn vs. Coconut oil or Butter. Coconut oil and butter win hands down.
But if you insist, why should you avoid whole wheat?
Because it's got antinutrients other than gluten.
Because it jams up your insulin.
Because you're supporting Big Agriculture.
Because whole wheat is usually a main ingredient in some other processed garbage. That means wheat usually comes attached to sugar, high fucktose corn syrup, soy oils, CAFO meat, and GMO up the wazoo.
Because it's got carbs, and your "calories out" half of the equation (i.e. your energy burning hormones) SUCKS for carbs.
Because the modern wheat has gliadin, which is a mildly addictive drug. It attaches to dopamine receptors and makes you eat more.
Because your stomach doesn't understand carbs so you can eat a 800 calorie Cinnabon and not feel full.
And that's if you're gluten tolerant. If you're not, then you get acid reflux, skin rashes, inflamed joints, insulin roller coaster, acne, body fat and who knows what else.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently keeping food tracker.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.