Take a look at this bread advertised as zero net carbs that is currently the craze in the ketogenic diet community since its release at Aldi’s in September, 2019.
Modified wheat starch
Wheat protein isolate
Chicory vegetable fiber
Yeast, vinegars, salt
Let’s accept the zero carb claim that has many people declaring that it is “keto friendly” and otherwise healthy. But Wheat Belly followers will see the folly in this right away. Because it is made with gluten and wheat proteins, we can expect this “keto friendly” bread to:
- Yield gliadin-derived opioid peptides that stimulate appetite, trigger mental “fog,” provoke behavioral outbursts in kids with ADHD and autism, promote food obsessions in people prone to bulimia and binge eating disorder, provoke dark thoughts in people prone to depression
- Trigger the initiating step of increased intestinal permeability that underlies autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- Disrupt intestinal health since wheat proteins include wheat germ agglutinin. Recall that wheat germ agglutinin is a potent bowel toxin, denuding the intestinal lining of experimental animals when fed in purified form. It is also highly inflammatory when it gains access to the human bloodstream, which it does in small quantities, and blocks the action of the hormone cholecystokinin required for proper gallbladder and pancreatic function.
- Trigger allergic phenomena–as other wheat proteins such as alpha-amylase inhibitors and thioredoxins are common triggers for allergy, typically experienced as asthma, sinus congestion, skin rashes, or gastrointestinal upset.
I see no mention of “organic,” meaning that the bread likely has residues of glyphosate in it, the herbicide used widely in wheat cultivation and harvesting and now known to be an endocrine disrupter and carcinogen.
In other words, this bread is an absolute disaster despite its zero-carb claim. Nobody hoping to maintain the health gains and weight loss they’ve achieved living the Wheat Belly lifestyle should consume this awful product. Run away as fast as you can.
This is a perfect example of the superficial thinking that goes on in diet in many circles. You cannot craft a healthy diet based on macronutrients alone. The proliferation of Akkermansia, for instance, in people who restrict carbs, and thereby prebiotic fibers, too severely that leads to intestinal inflammation, disrupted bowel flora, long-term metabolic distortions, and increases risk for colon cancer is another example of how far wrong diet can go when you fail to consider all important factors.