Plaque is by far the worst manifestation of a carbohydrate diet. It happens when a sugar molecule combines with any fat, cholesterol or protein molecule and displays the true destructive force of sugar on your body. According to Wikipedia, there are seven different kinds of plaque, Amyloid, Atheroma, Dental plaque, Mucoid plaque, Pleural plaque, Senile plaques, Viral plaque. We’re going to look at only 4 of these though.
By far the worst of the plaques caused by digesting wheat and gluten is amyloid plaque, because of all the diseases it plays a role in. According to Wikipedia;
- “Amyloids are insoluble fibrous protein aggregates sharing specific structural traits. They are insoluble and arise from at least 18 inappropriately folded versions of proteins and polypeptides present naturally in the body. These misfolded structures alter their proper configuration such that they erroneously interact with one another or other cell components forming insoluble fibrils. They have been associated with the pathology of more than 20 serious human diseases in that abnormal accumulation of amyloid fibrils in organs may lead to amyloidosis, and may play a role in variousneurodegenerative disorders.” The list of diseases caused by amyloid plaque is quite extensive, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to Diabetes, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases and more. the list on Wikipedia is 21 diseases and disorders or conditions associated with amyloid plaque. In my opinion, amyloid plaque is caused by the digestion of gluten from any source, whether it be wheat, barley or rye. Wikipedia says; “Studies have shown that amyloid deposition is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and a resulting generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can initiate a signalling pathway leading to apoptosis.” In short amyloid plaque is caused by oxidative stress and cell death, both of which are caused by consumption of gluten and other high starch products.
- Atheromatous Plaques are basically plaques from fats and is the type of plaque that clogs up your artery walls. This is the type of plaque that causes atherosclerosis and leads to heart and cardio vascular disease.
- Dental plaque is caused by the excessive amount of sugar on the teeth, creating bacteria, causing decay. (Remember, carbs = sugar.)
- “Senile plaques (also known as neuritic plaques, senile druse and braindruse) are extracellular deposits of amyloid beta in the grey matter of the brain.” They cause diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and play a role in most every other cognitive disorder due to the way this plaque gums of the neurons in your brain.
With all this plaque caused by gluten, I have to wonder why this food hasn’t been condemned yet?