Wheat — whether refined or whole grain — has one of the highest glycemic indexes of any foods. The higher the GI the greater and faster a food will raise our blood glucose level. In fact, among the foods we commonly eat, only baked potatoes have a significantly higher level. Dr. Davis, a preventative cardiologist who practices in Milwaukee, builds on the glycemic index. He correctly points out that

Wheat and other grains can be addicting to people with diabetes.

The wheat on the shelves of our supermarkets is not the same grain that our grandparents ate. In the past half century our scientists have genetically modified the wheat we eat to greatly increase its yield

If excess weight is contributing to your type 2 diabetes, it is especially important to avoid wheat. Wheat is often present in high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods, as well as processed foods, so avoiding those foods lowers calorie intake, and lowers blood sugar spikes, reducing your body’s need to create and store fat. Typically, people who eliminate wheat from their diet, lose a pound a day for the first 10 days. There is a protein unique to wheat that stimulates appetite. When wheat is eliminated, average daily calorie intake drops 400 calories per day–with less hunger, and less cravings. Wheat also raises blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar and many candy bars.

Totally eliminating wheat can be difficult to adhere to, and it’s almost always a struggle when eating at restaurants. Wheat is hidden in many different food items. The best way to stay true to a the wheat-free diet is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, and to prepare most of your own meals.