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    The Effects of Wheat on Insulin

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    So I've had to go back on insulin thanks to my pregnancy (really, it's a good thing. If I wasn't so insulin resistant it would mean the baby wasn't growing properly). I'm on an insulin pump and have been on a continuous glucose sensor insert for just over a month. You know what's really interesting? Nothing spikes my sugar harder and faster than a baked good (hey, I'm pregnant. I have my moments of weakness, okay? LOL). What's the main ingredient of most baked goods? Wheat/flour. People say the body doesn't recognize the difference between a bag of flour and a bag of sugar. When one stops to think that weight loss is really about controlling insulin, the flour to sugar theory is a real eye opener. Mull it over. Tell me what YOU think!
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    Even more so than, say, chocolate or ice cream? Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeOfRound View Post
    Even more so than, say, chocolate or ice cream? Interesting.
    Yes! I had several pieces of candy on Halloween and my blood sugar did not spike nearly as fast as when I had a slice of bread while on vacation in October. The trend continues today. I can enjoy fruit, dairy, chocolate-- you name it-- and my sugar still does not go as rampant and violent as when I have a baked good (even though that black forest cupcake from Decadence the other day WAS awesome). I did not have as much control over what I ate during vacation last month, because we were staying with relatives. My cgm (continuous glucose monitor) has been a great learning tool.
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    Read Wheat Belly. He explains the ins and outs of why wheat spikes blood sugar more than pure sugar does. I'm not a scientist so either someone else will have to explain it, or you'll have to read the book. Plus my memory is shit unless I really study things in depth and I would need to re-read it to give details. : )
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    There's some evidence out there that diabetes may be an autoimmune condition caused by wheat gluten, at least in some cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    There's some evidence out there that diabetes may be an autoimmune condition caused by wheat gluten, at least in some cases.
    This is interesting, because this actually came up when I tried to have Grace tested for gluten allergies. The pediatric g.i. specialist mentioned the very same thing you did (that gluten sensitivity and diabetes can sometimes go hand in hand). I think she gets a better part of her sensitivity from daddy (he has the same reaction to gluten that she does-- lots of nasal junk and "schwaaking"). Going to have him go grain free next month to see if it's the culprit.
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    Have you ever tested plain wheat vs. a non-glutenous starch like white rice flour?

    It would be interesting to see if there's a difference between, say, wheat pasta vs. rice pasta.

    or wheat baked goods vs. gluten-free baked goods.

    I wonder if it's the wheat by itself that causes such a spike or some combination of things that are in the baked goods.

    I personally don't believe that weight loss in general is about controlling insulin (though it may be true for some people) because anytime I've eaten high fat/low carb, I've gained fat. I'm currently eating high carb/low fat, and am slowly losing the extra fat I gained by going primal (without any purposeful calorie restricting), which is why I don't buy the insulin=instant fat gain theory.

    *But I do think that having instant access to your blood sugar is amazing, i'm kind of a data freak. It would be super cool (and dorky) to make some line graphs correlating your blood sugar with all sorts of different variables, like type of food eaten, length of time between meals...I could go on and on. No wonder I'm a math teacher
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    I will test your question! As I mentioned before, my daughter has a gluten sensitivity, so we have a couple of gluten free items in the house like Udi's bread. Next time I have some carbs to spare, I'll have a slice of bread for ya.

    I believe in the "control your insulin and you control your weight" theory, because that's how I lost my weight pre-primal.
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