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Why Is Whole Wheat Flour Bad For Blood Sugar?

I am reading that flour and even whole wheat flour is bad for my blood sugar. I am reading all sorts of stuff on this but still can't quite understand this. I thought bread was a pretty basic thing and as long as I ate it as part of a balanced meal I'd be fine?

Thu. Jan 11, 2:07pm

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here is a link to some information about the glycemic index and how your body reacts to wheat flour.


Thursday, January 11, 2007, 2:14 PM

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That is a pretty spammy page with not a lot of info.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 6:28 PM

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Why is whole wheat flour bad for blood sugar?

Carbohydrates are divided into 2 types. THere are complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains breads, pastas, starchy vegetables, dark leafy green vegetables and some fruits.
Then there are simple carbohydrates which is white sugar/white flour and some fruits.
When you eat simple carbohydrates, the food hits your bloodstream and has to be immediately used for your energy production (ATP) or be stored later. Your body has had this food immediately put in your bloodsteam, so if it cannot be used right then, it gets stored as fat, to be used later on.
When you eat complex carbohydrates, your food takes longer to digest. It gives your body time to decide what the plan of action is. It takes longer to enter the bloodstream, where it can be turned into glucosen for energy production, or it can be stored for later use, or eventually stored as fat, if not needed elsewhere.
100% whole wheat flour is complex carbohydrates and should not have a negative effect on blood sugar. Ask your doctor or herbatologist about using the herb licorice root to help stabilize blood sugar.
I hope this helps.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 10:38 PM

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as far as the link, you will have to click on the key words that interest you within each sentence. for instance, i clicked on the "effect of glucose on blood sugar levels" and it directed me to a page that explained it in detail, mush like what is written above. sorry if the linked to page is confusing. and spam doesn't mean the same thing as advertisements. i guess i didn't notice the ads, i just went after the information i was looking for.

Friday, January 12, 2007, 9:05 AM

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Sometimes wheat flour, even whole wheat flowr, does affect some people badly. I think that wheat may not be the best overall starch food for people, although it is not exactly the worst, either.

It is funny haw we become accustomed to NOT seeing those advertisements in the places we visit on the web. Like on this site. PT is just crommed packed with advertisements that I totally do not see until gerry points something out to me. Then I see it and say "That is not important, it is just an advertisement." My pop up blocker does a fine job with eliminating the popups on this site, too.

Friday, January 12, 2007, 9:33 AM

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In some people (like my mother and I) wheat- whole, white or otherwise, increases insulin resistance. Insulin is what reduces blood sugar- so if your body becomes resistant to the insulin it produces, then it is harder to regulate your sugar.

Saturday, January 13, 2007, 8:04 PM

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