Pizza Face: How wheat can ruin an otherwise perfectly fine teenager

Who doesn’t have fond memories of teenage years? Youth, the promise of a bright future, blossoming interest in the opposite sex. But we all know that it was not all a bed of roses, either: Struggles with mom and dad, uncertainty about peers, anxiety over your future.

So what does wheat have to do with it? Well, it makes the everyday struggles of the teenager . . . much worse.

Take, for instance:

Acne–So common, it’s the hallmark of the teenage years. Wheat triggers insulin which, in turn, triggers sebum production and acne formation.
Overweight–Teenagers are highly sensitive to their appearance. Being an overweight teen is a terribly painful situation to be in. If you think overweight adults are often ignored or mistreated, think what it’s like for an overweight teen. High blood sugar, high blood insulin . . . growth of visceral fat.
Sleepiness–Teenagers need a lot of sleep. 10 hours a night is not at all uncommon. More often, teenagers get by with less. Try paying attention to the teacher lecturing on quadratic equations in algebra class after 7-8 hours of sleep and a breakfast of Cookie Crisps cereal. The inevitable low blood sugar that follows the sugar high brings overwhelming sleepiness. Throw in the mind effects of gliadin and gluten, and you’ve got teens head down in their polynomials.
Man breasts–The overweight teenage male with the large tummy of a wheat belly also develops large breasts, the result of excessive estrogen emitting from the visceral fat of the abdomen, as well as the increased secretion of prolactin. Could it get any worse for the appearance-sensitive teen?
Emotionality–We all know about the wide mood swings of the teen years, from elation to despair within minutes, often far out of proportion to reality. What food impacts on mood more than wheat?

Ironically, it’s the wheat foods that are the coolest for teens: pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, cookies and donuts. Go figure: Teenagers doing something that isn’t good for them?

Unfortunately, it’s also the teens who are least likely to heed our advice about the dangers of wheat. Think there’s a way to make eggs and coconut oil cool?

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40 Responses to Pizza Face: How wheat can ruin an otherwise perfectly fine teenager

  1. Joan says:

    I went on the Ideal Protein diet late February 2012 and lost 42 lbs. I started on their maintenance program in July and after a month switched to low carb. I went grain free in early September after reading about the low carb, high fat, moderate protein way of eating, and I found and read the ‘Wheat Belly’ book in late September. In late October a woman who works in our building, who I hadn’t seen in about 6 weeks, asked me if I’d had a face lift. I said “No.” and she then asked if I’d had botox or Restylane injections. I said I hadn’t and she was surprised and said that my skin looked so good. The pharmacy tech who regularly checks me out when I pick up my script asked me what I was doing, that my skin looked so much better. My son-in-law said I look 10 years younger since losing 40 lbs and going grain free. The only change I made was my diet and I believe it’s from giving up the wheat and other grains and eating more real food. My eczema is better this year and I live in a very dry and extremely cold climate. I’m truly enjoying this way of eating and rarely miss those junk carb “foods”. I don’t have the mid afternoon slump and I have great energy at age 58. I take hour long high intensity Zumba classes and can keep up with the 20 yr olds. When my husband and I are at our house in Las Vegas we regularly enjoy 4-5 mile brisk walks. Thank you Dr. Davis!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Ah, wonderful, Joan!

      I would like to use your great comments as a blog post about the anti-aging effects of wheat elimination. Thank you for posting!

  2. Never went through acne in my teenage years as I grew up in the Philippines where rice & veggies are the main carb staples. Then I had a big bout of it after turning 30, and this after living around 5 years in Australia (my family and I migrated in 2002). All I got from doctors was that it was hormonal and it did go away when I accidentally got pregnant a few months later – could have also been due to the fact that I eat more rice when I’m pregnant as that’s usually what I crave for.
    Then early last year, got some ‘allergies’ from a holiday which I attributed more to an overdose of sugar but my solution was to cleanse by eliminating sugar and yeast from my diet, which of course logically included most wheat products. After a couple of weeks, all clear.
    Now I’m able to make the connection via What Belly because I’m trying to lose weight again (for the umpteenth time with my last baby now nearly 6). I’m on my second day and I’m looking forward to letting everyone know in 30 days how much I’ve lost and how much better I feel.
    The best thing is I can still keep my beloved rice in moderation and know I’m doing the right thing by my body and overall health.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!