Gluten isn't going to affect your cholesterol numbers. If you're eating the same glycemic load of white potatoes vs wheat (notice I said load, not glycemic index), your trigs should be similar enough to lead to similar ratios. What your wife isn't showing on paper is the effect the gluten has on her gut. Gluten disrupts digestion and gut permeability, so she could have great numbers thanks to fantastic genetic predisposition to handling starch, yet her digestive system could be in disarray.
Tell her to get a c-reactive protein test. That shows systemic inflammation. She could have nice cholesterol numbers and be all inflamed since wheat is highly inflammatory vs potatoes. Personally, I don't give much a damn about cholesterol numbers with a high HDL and a low triglyceride (my HDL is 95 and trigs are 40 last time I checked, I couldn't care less about my total). I care about my body's inflammation, which is why my CRP score of 0.2 looks just dandy to me. And that was only 3 months Primal. Now that I'm 9 months in, I bet it's even better.
Most people aren't all that sensitive to bread, anyway. Yes, we'd ALL be better off never eating any gluten-containing grains, but let's not forget that people eat gluten in this country with every meal, every day of their lives and still live to be 80 regularly. If you are doing all the cooking and your non-gluten-sensitive wife has gone from eating bread with every meal to once or twice a week, she's going to see big health benefits. I used to eat bread every day and I never had an issue. I haven't eaten anything more than a bite or two of bread in over 9 months because I choose to as I'm much better without it, but I could easily get away with it. Especially since I only baked my own and fermented the hell out of it for 3 days. Honestly, I miss baking bread more than eating it. It was fun.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 12-13-2011 at 08:14 AM.
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