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Maria Rodale: 3 Ways to Make Holiday Treats Healthier


by William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly

Cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, candies…I call a holidays a Annual Wheat and Sugar Frenzy. During these days of holiday get-togethers, treats during a office, means goodies, and overindulgent cooking parties, we can simply benefit around 5 to 10 pounds. And once we start down a holiday goody path, it’s tough to stop. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

What creates those pounds so easy to benefit and a goodies so tough to resist? Is it since a treats are so abundant and available? Is it since they are only so tasty? No, it’s a wheat.

Modern wheat (flours that issue from a high-yield, semi-dwarf strains of wheat that were combined by geneticists in a 1960s and ’70s) contains an ardour opiate called gliadin. While gliadin proteins have always been a member of a wheat plant, they have undergone endless change with a genetics efforts to boost yield. People who devour complicated wheat–and along with it, a ardour stimulant, gliadin–consume an additional 400 to 800 calories per day, each day. And those additional calories don’t come from salmon or olive oil, they come from cookies, candy, pies, cakes, and other goodies. Those are a calories that make us benefit weight, privately swell fat.

For some people, sweetened dishes (even though wheat) also boost ardour and expenditure of goodies, though, in my experience, an increasing enterprise for sweetened snacks is scarcely always triggered by initial immoderate wheat. Nonetheless, be wakeful that sweetened snacks by themselves can supplement to increasing desire.

Is there a approach to suffer a holidays though being unprotected to a appetite-triggering effects of sweetened and wheat-containing snacks? Yes, there is, and it can be finished in ways that your friends and family will frequency notice a difference!

Change your flour. First of all, rather than formulating your holiday treats with wheat flour, use healthy deputy flours such as almond meal/flour, coconut flour, belligerent golden flaxseed, and garbanzo bean flour. These flours, distinct wheat flour, do not trigger appetite, nor do they means blood sugarine to go sky-high a approach wheat flour can. (Two slices of whole wheat bread, for instance, lift blood sugarine some-more than 6 teaspoons of list sugar, a elementary fact many dietitians simply overlook! Wheat flour sugared up, as in cake or cookies, creates it go even higher.) You can emanate ideally pleasing and tasty gingerbread cookies or pumpkin cake regulating almond meal, eggs, and other elementary ingredients.

Steer transparent of gluten free. we disciple that we NEVER use a common gluten-free flours sold; a cornstarch, rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch used in these flours are among a brief list of dishes that lift blood sugarine and trigger expansion of swell fat even some-more than wheat! This also relates to a many gluten-free dishes sold: Yes, it is good to be wheat- and gluten-free, though we don’t wish to reinstate a problem–modern wheat–with another problem–gluten-free junk carbohydrates that make us benefit weight and rise diabetes

Use choice sweeteners. Choose soft sugarine replacements. My favorites: glass stevia, powdered stevia (pure stevia remove or stevia remove with inulin, though not maltodextrin, that is only a form of sugar), Truvía, lo han guo, erythritol, and xylitol. These sweeteners do not lift blood sugarine and do not trigger cravings. It means that we and your family can have cookies, cakes, pies, and even candies that don’t have a inauspicious health effects of customary sugar-sweetened baked products and candies.

Yes, that means anticipating a rather opposite approach of formulating all those pleasing and interesting holiday goodies. But it also means enjoying them though worrying about calories, though worrying about awful health consequences, though worrying about gaining weight, and though dreading a differently unavoidable post-holiday remorse. How good to suffer your holiday dishes and feasts though worries!

For holiday recipes following this new character of baking, go to wheatbellyblog.com, as good as a new Wheat Belly Cookbook, to be expelled Dec 24, 2012.


Renowned cardiologist William Davis, MD, is a author of a New York Times best-seller Wheat Belly: Lose a Wheat, Lose a Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (Rodale, 2011).


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