Although I have been dedicating most of my time and effort to eliminating wheat from my diet, I get the sneaking suspicion that it’s only part of the problem. That’s why an elimination diet ( wp.me/p1N36Q-d7
) sounds so attractive to me right now – it would help me know for sure what I should and shouldn’t eat. Take nuts and nut butters, for example – although they are often listed as “must haves” for a healthy diet, I am not so sure I can control myself around either ( wp.me/p1N36Q-8X
). I did a quick search to see if there was such a thing as a “nut sensitivity,” and – as it turns out – there’s all kinds of food sensitivities. What’s even more interesting was that I found plausible theories to support why cravings are strong for foods we can’t tolerate:
Do I just have too many large Jif Peanut Butter antibody complexes hanging around?
It’s also pretty clear to me that sugar is on my problem list (based on the number of cookies I’ve consumed in my lifetime). I remembered from reading Wheat Belly that sugar alcohols should be considered as sweeteners in place of sugar, but I couldn’t remember exactly what I read. I just internalized the thought that sugar free is ok – so when I saw sugar free Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, I thought maybe I could try these out and see if they were less binge-able than regular peanut butter cups.
Sugar Free Reeses
The answer was no. Once I started eating these, I had a very hard time stopping at five.
Fast forward to later that evening, when I had my copy of the Wheat Belly Cookbook in hand and happened upon the chapter about sugar. By some cruel twist of fate, the information poised to me in that particular chapter would have been much more helpful a few hours earlier – before purchasing said peanut butter cups – as I learned that all sugar alcohols are NOT created equal. Erythritol and xylitol are the two recommended by Wheat Belly. The others – mannitol, sorbitol, and maltitol, per Dr. Davis – generate “substantial gas, cramps, and diarrhea, not to mention increase blood sugar.”
Huh. So what was in those peanut butter cups?
Maltitol was the number one ingredient. And I paid for it. I’ll spare you the details, but I was in pain for most of the night. Suffice it to say I didn’t get much sleep, and the pain continued well into the middle of the following day. I swore to myself the only sweet treats I’d eat for the rest of my life would be strawberries.
But – with the indulgence of a Gluten Free cupcake ( wp.me/p1N36Q-et
) later that night – that promise didn’t last long.