Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wheat vs. Meat: Which Promotes Health? The Mediterranean Evidence

According to the anti-wheat doctors, inflammation causes heart disease and dementia, and wheat causes inflammation, so wheat causes heart disease and dementia.  If this is correct, we should find that populations with low rates of heart disease and dementia should have low intakes of wheat, and vice versa. 

Did the famously healthy Cretans of the 1950s eat a low carbohydrate, wheat-free diet in comparison to Americans who had the highest heart disease and overall mortality rates at the time?  On the contrary. 

The Americans ate only about 3 ounces (97 g) of wheat bread per day, while the Cretans ate 4 times more bread: 8-tenths of a pound (380 g) per day.  On the other hand, the Americans ate 8 times as much meat as the Cretans (273 g vs 35 g).  Compared to the Cretans eating the wheat-based diet, the Americans had twice the total mortality rate and about 58 times more coronary heart disease mortality.  The wheat-based diet protected against total and coronary heart disease mortality, and the meat-based, low wheat diet was associated with the greatest risk of mortality. 

1 comment:

Travis HL said...

The Arab Bedouins in southern Israel (technically a Mediterranean country) is another great example. They consumed the great majority of their calories from whole grain wheat and experienced very low rates of heart disease.