Evidence For The Role of Grains In The Causation And Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes
Fat cells are unlike muscle cells. Since they are primarily used for storage, not activity, they need very little glucose to produce energy to function. They do use some glucose to produce glycerol, the molecule needed to reconstitute triglyceride (fat) from the fatty acids that have entered the cells from the blood.
But when the body’s fat storage capacity is saturated, fat cells can no longer use any glucose or accept any more fatty acids. They are full to capacity. When fat cells are full and do not need any glucose, it stays in the bloodstream, increasing your blood sugar. That is the consequence of having all the fat cells in your body filled to capacity.
What causes your fat cells to become full? It is essentially from overeating carbohydrates, especially grains. The fat that fills your fat cells does not just come from the lipids in meats and dairy. Much of the fat in your fat cells derives from the glucose you consume in carbohydrates. It is the over-consumption of carbohydrates, not fats, that has led to the fastest and largest increase in prediabetes and diabetes among Americans (and people in many other countries).
It is carbohydrates that we must take a new look at.
The reason is, carbs produce a high volume of triglycerides that are broken down into fatty acids. These fatty acids, which would normally enter the fat cells where they would be reconstituted into triglycerides, instead stay in the blood. Muscle cells are similar to the engine of a hybrid car in that they can generate energy from glucose or fatty acids. So the abundance of fatty acids in your blood triggers muscle cells to begin burning fatty acids rather than glucose. Once muscle cells have switched to burning fatty acids, even the presence of insulin cannot force glucose into the cells since they simply don’t need it. As a result, glucose remains in your bloodstream, causing high blood sugar.
Humans survived for tens of thousands of years without grains
It was not until just a few millennia ago that humans cultivated grains and made them the staple of their diet. In the middle ages, many cultures survived on porridge, rice, or potatoes depending on which crops grew in their region. In the late 19th century, industrialized roller mills were invented, making it easy to refine grains into flour and other products made with starches and flours. Because of this, grains have become the major source of carbohydrate in human diets.
Today, modern agricultural practices allow us to cultivate hybridized, drought-resistant crops using irrigation, fertilizer, and machinery to produce an abundance of carbohydrates to feed humanity. The top three crops produced in the world are rice, maize and wheat. Each is cultivated at a level of 600 to 800 million tons per year in order to feed billions of people around the globe and to provide nutrition for the animals we eat.
In general, grains are easy to transport, fast to cook, easy to chew and easily digested and absorbed (except by people with celiac disease or grain allergies). Milling grains to create flour makes them easy to store without refrigeration. Refining produces starches and flours with qualities that chefs can exploit to create a multitude of dishes and products. The variety of edible products that can be made with the carbohydrate from grains is never ending, and these food items throughout the world tempt us. For example, wheat can be refined into flour with a high protein content to make crusty or chewy breads, or a low-protein content suitable for cakes, cookies, and piecrusts. Wheat flour is also used to thicken gravy and sauces.
Experimental proof that grains are bad for you
While it sounds like grains are a vital source of nutrition for humans, I am convinced consuming them in the quantities we now do is the cause of high blood sugar leading to Type 2 diabetes.
Decades ago, an experiment was done with Native Americans as the study subjects. They were transferred to reservations where, instead of their normal diet containing very little complex carbohydrate, they were asked to consume a majority of their energy intake in the form of grain products. Within a short period of time, they experienced the highest incidence of Type 2 diabetes of any other ethnic group in the US.
In another experiment in the 1970’s, researcher Kerin O’Dea persuaded ten (five men and five women) full-blooded diabetic Australian Aborigines to live as hunter-gatherers in their traditional country in northwestern Australia. In the wild, they ate kangaroo meat, fish wild yams and other foods that need to be chewed, like their forefathers. Essentially, they got about one-third of their calories and most of the complex carbohydrate and sugars from plants, nuts and seeds. After 7 weeks, the average weight loss was 8kg and fasting blood sugar dropped to the normal levels.
What explains the shift? The main differences were absence of cultivated grains and grain-based foods along with eating foods almost all of which required chewing. Although the sample group is small, the above examples provide a glimpse into the role of grain in the causation and reversal of Type 2 diabetes.
I have exciting news!! Portland-Today on station KGW8 will be interviewing me Thursday November 3, 2016! The show airs from 11am-12pm and can be watched online at KGW.com. It is time to demand new research into the “insulin resistance theory” and recognize that our over consumption of complex carbs is the actual cause Type 2 diabetes. Thank you for your support!
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