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Are Chapathis Bad?

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by Needtobestrong, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Needtobestrong

    Needtobestrong Gold IL'ite

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    I repeatedly get forwards about the drawbacks of chapathis and wheat based products..
    Below is the link with the contents of the forward..
    *Chappaties will soon become EXTINCT*
    Want to know how far it's true?

    *CHAPPATIES WILL SOON BECOME EXTINCT*

    A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat can IMPROVE your health.
    Cardiologist William Davis, MD, started his career repairing damaged hearts through angioplasty and bypass surgeries.
    “That’s what I was trained to do, and at first, that’s what I wanted to do,” he explains. But when his own mother died of a heart attack in 1995, despite receiving the best cardiac care, he was forced to face nagging concerns about his profession.
    “I’d fix a patient’s heart, only to see him come back with the same problems. It was just a band-aid, with no effort to identify the *cause* of the disease.”
    So he moved his practice toward highly uncharted medical territory

    – prevention – and spent the next 15 years examining the causes of heart disease in his patients.
    The resulting discoveries are revealed in

    “Wheat Belly”, his New York Times best-selling book, which attributes many of our physical problems, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to our consumption of wheat.

    Eliminating wheat can “transform our lives.”
    *What is a “Wheat Belly”?*

    Wheat raises your blood sugar dramatically. In fact, two slices of wheat bread raise your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar.
    “When my patients give up wheat, weight loss was substantial, especially from the abdomen. People can lose several inches in the first month.”

    You make connections between wheat and a host of other health problems.
    Eighty percent of my patients had diabetes or pre-diabetes.
    I knew that wheat spiked blood sugar more than almost anything else, so I said, “Let’s remove wheat from your diet and see what happens to your blood sugar.” They’d come back 3 to 6 months later, and their blood sugar would be dramatically reduced.

    But they also had all these other reactions:

    “I removed wheat and I lost 38 pounds.” Or, “my asthma got so much better, I threw away two of my inhalers.”

    Or “the migraine headaches I’ve had every day for 20 years stopped within three days.” “My acid reflux is now gone.”

    “My IBS is better, my ulcerative colitis, my rheumatoid arthritis, my mood, my sleep . . .” and so on, and so on”.
    When you look at the makeup of wheat, Amylopectin A, a chemical unique to wheat, is an incredible trigger of small LDL particles in the blood – the number one cause of heart disease.
    When wheat is removed from the diet, these small LDL levels plummet by 80 and 90 percent.
    Wheat contains high levels of Gliadin, a protein that actually stimulates appetite. Eating wheat increases the average person’s calorie intake by 400 calories a day.
    Gliadin also has opiate-like properties which makes it “addictive”.

    Food scientists have known this for almost 20 years.
    Is eating a wheat-free diet the same as a gluten-free diet?

    Gluten is just one component of wheat.

    If we took the gluten out of it, wheat will still be bad since it will still have the Gliadin and the Amylopectin A, as well as several other undesirable components.
    Gluten-free products are made with 4 basic ingredients: corn starch, rice starch, tapioca starch or potato starch.

    And those 4 dried, powdered starches are some of the foods that raise blood sugar even higher.
    I encourage people to return to REAL food:

    Fruits

    Vegetables

    and nuts and seeds, Unpasteurized cheese ,

    Eggs and meats
    Wheat really changed in the 70s and 80s due to a series of techniques used to increase yield, including hybridization. It was bred to be shorter and sturdier and also to have more Gliadin, (a potent appetite stimulant)
    The wheat we eat today is not the wheat that was eaten 100 years ago.
    If you stop eating breads/pasta/chapatis every day, and start eating rice with chicken and vegetables, you still lose weight because rice doesn’t raise blood sugar as high as wheat, and it also doesn’t have the aAmylopectin A or the Gliadin that stimulates appetite. You won’t have the same increase in calorie intake that wheat causes.

    That’s part of the reason why foreign cultures that don’t consume wheat tend to be slenderer and healthier.
    Everyone should stop eating wheat. This is the closest I know of to something that will transform your life.”
     
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    Needtobestrong Gold IL'ite

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    I want to know how far this info holds good for us Indians...is chapathis and wheat Products really bad?should people with hypothyroidism avoid wheat?
     
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    OP, I am not a medical doctor or nutritionist. I have read that many autoimmune diseases are gluten sensitive. This include Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vitiligo, Sjogren’s, Multiple Sclerosis, IBD(Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis ), auto immune skin related issue etc..In that case quitting wheat or gluten from one's menu is a good idea. If you google hypothyroid +gluten you will find many articles on that . In case of thyroid, use of cabbage/ cauliflower type vegetables should be reduced as it reduce the effect of thyroid medications.

    If you have Hashimoto (I have this condition, but I have never gained any weight and is on a slimmer side) you need to take thyroid medicine every day in your life. That's what doctors suggest. But if its temporary hypothyroid issue, many be due to some infection, one can stop medicine if TSH and ultrasound looks good. My doctor suggest me to take diary free, gluten free diet & more.. due to my IBD, as much as I can, even though I am not sensitive or allergic to that. It was difficult for me to quit food I like, but now I am used to it.

    If your thyroid issue is not autoimmune, gluten free diet may not create much impact I believe. You can experiment with your food. Make a food diary and that will help you to realize what works for you even to reduce weight. I think food sensitivity tests are available. But I suggest you to do a blood work and assess your TSH and other related markers for thyroid and start from there. But I believe too much of anything is not good. So include variety in your food intake, but go for natural food not processed ones. Wheat is good source of many nutrients and fiber, but its not good for people who are sensitive to gluten or related health issue.
     
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    I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.

    I have my doubts on the quoted part of the statement. One has to check F and PP glucose a few times to arrive at a reasonable conclusion. In my observation, chapati is better at reducing hunger and the sugar rise is marginally lesser when wheat is consumed compared to rice.

    None of the medical consultants or my dietician have said anything remotely negative about wheat consumption to date, to me. Famous nutritionist, Rujuta Divadkar suggests that one should consume what has been hereditarily consumed by your family (reasonable n logical) but many of her other suggestions are shocking and unbelievable. "If one has no proven allergy to wheat components, one can safely consume chapati" was my Gastroenterologist's advice to me.

    I am now convinced that different groups with their own vested interests promote whatever suits them. Medical myths are coming up every day, one disproving the other! Current fad revolves around millets and quinoa!

    At the end of the day, consuming everything in moderation may be the wise thing to do. Depending on your personal interest try different elimination diets and find out what works for you as each of us are unique in our own ways. Share the results if possible!:grinning:
     
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    The doctor in the OP post does not refer to chapati at all.
    :yum:
     
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