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Is wheat healthy?

I am 56 years old. Since March 2009 after a cardiac arrest I have been on a diet where sugar, oil,salt and fat are restricted.I have started eating whole wheat, more vegetable and fruits. Initially I weighed 85 kg. I dropped to 65 kg. But as from the year 2011 I started to put on weight. Actually I am 70 kg. I walk 5 km daily and my diet is the same. Is the WHEAT to be blamed as I read in many articles.

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If you were starving then wheat may be important to keeping you alive.

However, in terms of the Eatwell Plate it is potentially over-emphasised. If you break the green, yellow and purple sections down into their carbohydrate composition, you are told to eat plenty of fruit and veg (fructose and glucose), plenty of starchy foods (glucose), and cut back on sugar (fructose and glucose); make sense?

Wheat (and other grains, cereals and legumes) also contain anti-nutrients and lectins; while we may be able to tolerate them, they weren't an essential part of our evolutionary ancestors' diet.


Hi mkp,

You might have noticed that this low carb or low fat dietry advice gets a lot of discussion on this forum.

About 3 years ago, I lost over 2 stone by just eating sensibly i.e. cutting out junk and not eating between meals plus more exercise. However, recently I have taken a more low carb approach, cutting out breakfast cereals, sandwiches during the week and reducing portions of pasta. I have not been following Atkins or anything prescribed. This has worked for me. I definitely lose a few extra pounds when I do this and my blood glucose is now within normal limits.

This approach has not made an iota of difference to my TC levels which remain steadfastly at 8.3, but I would say that I am not fanatically low fat ,I eat butter, cheese and yoghurt in moderation.


Have you thought of replacing some of your wheat for oats? Have porridge instead of a wheat based cereal for breakfast, that sort of thing. Wheat is OK in itself but it is a carb (so are oats but they do have a affect of helping to reducing the LDL levels in cholesterol) - I agree that reducing the amount of carbs in the diet, including bread, pasta, rice and potatoes and increasing the amount of vegetables but not fruit (too much fruit sugar is another nono) is said to be the way to go. A friend of mine has followed this regime (it is a life change NOT a reducing diet) and with a little leaway at the weekends when she gives herself a treat and eats and drinks what she wishes within moderation of course!) she has lost nearly two stone since February and feels very well. It is not a quick fix but it is a lifechange and she will be able to continue to lose the 7 lbs she needs to reach her ideal weight and feel comfortable but she won't change her ways at the end of it because she feels so healthy ( she has a two course breakfast, lunch and evening meal with little carbs and THAT seems to be the secret!)


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I have just been diagnosed with Angina.It was a shock as I thought my diet very healthy.For breakfast oats, banana with soya milk. Lunch salad including advocado and few olives my own olive oil and balsamic dressing one round of my own wholemeal bread. light evening meal of small piece of chicken or other non fatty meat with veg + small amount of carb. eg couscous,pasta, two small potatoes or brown rice, fruit to follow.

Tea to drink thro the day occasional Small glass red wine


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