If you look at the diet recommendations by either the Canadian Diabetes Association or the American Diabetes Association you will notice something in common. The official recommendations include reducing total fats and saturated fats in food. The recommendations also include eating carbohydrates up to 300 grams a day. Furthermore, the official recommendations state that this daily carbohydrate consumption can be achieved through eating “Healthy Whole Grains”.
I believe that these two top authorities got it wrong.
I base my beliefs on the personal observations of the countless type 2 diabetes clients that I instructed when I was a diabetes educator. I was trained in the gold standard in school and I practiced teaching these standards as outlined by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). There were many clients that followed the advice I was giving throughout the years. However, there was one troubling trend that I noticed. Despite following the official diet plan and taking their medication as directed, the pancreas of these people living with diabetes continued to fail. First, they started controlling their diabetes with the recommended CDA diet. Eventually these people needed oral medication to control their blood sugar. Finally, the progression in their disease continued so that they ended up requiring insulin.
Something was very wrong.
Through my own experimentation with eating “Healthy Whole Grains” and testing my blood sugars after eating to see what the results were, I had an interesting observation. My blood sugar levels consistently jumped up after I ate healthy whole grains. The blood sugar levels were still within the accepted normal limits but in my view, there was too much of an increase in that short period of time. I am not a diabetic so my pancreas is easily able to handle the temporary spike in the blood sugar but I could see how a person living with diabetes would continue to wear out their pancreas due to the spikes in blood sugar. Especially when these spikes are happening several times a day if they follow the recommended diet put out by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
When I stopped eating “Healthy Whole Grains” and replaced them with food containing protein with fat (such as non lean meat, eggs and cheese), my blood sugar levels remained fairly stable. The added bonus was that I was not hungry in between meals and I did not get that mid-afternoon energy drain.
I am not the only person to have come to this conclusion in regards to diabetes and “Healthy Whole Grains”. John Poothullil MD came to the same conclusion and had written a book called “Eat, Chew, Live”. Emily Murphy wrote a book called “Paleo, Against the Grain”. And of course, Dr. William Davis had written several “Wheat Belly” books that describe how eating healthy whole grains contribute to the development of diabetes as well as a host of other health issues. There are many more authors out there that talk about this very subject.
If you want to further explore how eating healthy whole grains affects you personally, try purchasing a blood sugar monitor and test your blood sugar readings before and after eating grains. I am sure the results will surprise you.