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Is Bread Worse Than Sugar?

Journal of Gluten Sensitivity Autumn 2016 Issue


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Celiac.com 10/06/2016 - You do not need to be celiac to need to stay away from gluten. Wheat isn't just harmful to celiac or gluten-sensitive individuals. Did you know that just one slice of wheat bread raises one's blood sugar higher than 3 teaspoons of table sugar? That is equivalent to 12 grams of sugar! Talk about diabetes waiting to happen!

I am very diligent in reading over even the gluten–free ingredients of products to ensure they are indeed gluten-free. I decided to start grabbing items off of the shelf to read the other listed ingredients as well. Wow, was I surprised! Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose etc.! Sweetener and especially sugar are added to so many things; it is really horrible. No wonder Americans are addicted to it. We have many new diagnoses and physical disorders stemming from the standard American Diet, the "improper diet", not to mention a rapid rise in obesity statistics and diagnosed diabetes.

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Americans love bread, gluten-free or not. Go to a restaurant and what is the first thing brought to the table? Bread! Can you imagine being brought some cut up cucumbers and celery instead? Now THAT would be a nice change! I often ask for this by the way and suggest you do as well.

Kids products are the worst! To give a tiny or growing body with a rapidly developing brain that needs proper nutrition all that junk, additives and unhealthy ingredient are a crime. If your child has been having trouble focusing in school, I highly advise you to look at the ingredients list of the food and snacks he or she eats and check out the children's menu at a restaurant. Gluten-free foods as well.

You may not have any issues with gluten and wheat type bread but it is harming your body in one way or another and I strongly advise you to stay away from it and keep your family off of it too. I also highly suggest you start being diligent and read your gluten-free product's ingredients list. Going gluten-free is the first step as a diagnosed celiac or one who is gluten intolerant, but getting healthier or staying healthy is of utmost importance to a long and healthy lifestyle. Your body's future is in your hands.

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Gillian
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11 Oct 2016 3:46:19 AM PDT
A lot of GF food is also high in sugar and additives, when will manufacturers realize that many on GF diets are sensitive to lots of other things too, i.e., MSG, sweeteners, colorants and flavorings even though they are gluten free. I try to eat mostly real food a lot of prepared food has ingredients that aren't healthy.

 
Cheryl
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11 Oct 2016 7:35:56 AM PDT
Beer drinkers are prone to liver disease and also clogged arteries/heart disease. I believe it's because of the increase in blood sugar and that's why it's so addictive. And beer also has gluten.




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If you are worried about your glycemic levels, then you should test with a glucose meter. I have diabetes (insulin resistance/TD2) and rice and potatoes spike me like crazy! I might as well consume ice cream! But if you do not have diabetes, no worries!

Thanks to both of you for your replies. I wasn't so much concerned about the arsenic (although that is an additional consideration) as I was about the glycemic level. I don't bake enough to make blending my own flour blends worthwhile, so I will definitely check out the links you provided, Ennis_TX. So far I'm tolerating oats and my gastro doc says I can keep eating them as long as they're certified GT. I just looked at some crackers I have for hummus and noticed their main ingredient is rice. I should probably just eat the hummus with veggies!

I agree with Ennis. It sounds like she is getting access to gluten way too often to expect healing. I had some pretty severe patches of intestinal damage when I was diagnosed. Anemia was my symptom and I had no gut issues then. So, just because she injests gluten and does not have some major symptoms right away, does not mean she is not building up antibodies. Have those antibodies been re-tested to see if they are in the normal ranges now? Missing patches of damage in the small intestine is possible. Heck, the small intestine is the size of a tennis court (goggle it). So easy to miss. Also, your GI should have taken more than four samples? How many were taken? (Forgive me, if I have forgotten.) Cross contamination in your house is real, especially if you have kids in the house. Member Jebby, a preemie doctor who has celiac disease, was not getting well. Turns out her four small and adorable children were glutening her. She made her house gluten free. Just something to consider. You mentioned she had access to gluten at a party. So, does that mean she caves in and eats it? She needs to become a stakeholder in this diet.

I think that if you soaked in the paddle in vinegar and scrubbed it a few times, you will be fine. But if in doubt, just set the mixer aside for a while until your family's health has improved. In the meantime, use your arm to mix dough! My grandma never had a mixer! I bought a bunch of new stuff because I had been married for 25 years when diagnosed. It was time for new things! Everyone is different in their response to gluten. Science has given us a good estimate, but we know that nothing is "one size fits all". You just have to figure out what is best for you and your family. My anemia resolved within months of being gluten free (ferritin levels). I still have Thalassemia, but it is mild and my body has adapted. It is most likely the one reason that I never made the Olympic team! ? BTW, family and friends are not allowed to bring in gluten into our house with the exception of beer. They can contribute to a potluck by bringing beverages, uncut fruit and veggies, new condiments, tableware, and ice cream ......etc.

Thank you so much. It's so nice to have such friendly and helpful people to talk to while I await my answers. I had an interesting experience yesterday... I ate a bowl of Kraft mac n cheese... then passed out for 4 hours and woke up vomiting. I've had a lot of experiences like that after eating over the past 2 years, but I never put those pieces together because celiac disease was totally off my radar. Just found it very interesting. I've been pushing down lots of gluten-y foods just to make sure my tests will come out right. So tired of waiting! Really, if this isn't the answer to my 40 lb mysterious weight loss, fatigue, and painful gas/bloating... then what's left? Cancer doesn't seem likely in a 33 year old, but I am really scared. Thanks for helping me through this. Anyone who stumbles accross this place is lucky to find such supportive and kind, helpful people! ETA: Another question. I take an antihistamine every day (sometimes twice) for the weird itching I get... will that affect the blood test?