Inflammation can be mediated by food. As I have stated in previous posts, there is a competition between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 being anti-inflammatory and omega 6 being pro-inflammatory. As you might guess, wheat has excessive omega 6. One ounce of wheat germ contains nearly 1500 mg of omega 6 and only 200 mg of omega 3.
Wheat consumption also promotes visceral fat. That would be fat surrounding the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and so called “love handles” around the abdomen. This particular fat releases pro-inflammatory compounds.
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