Who doesn’t have fond memories of teenage years? Youth, the promise of a bright future, blossoming interest in the opposite sex. But we all know that it was not all a bed of roses, either: Struggles with mom and dad, uncertainty about peers, anxiety over your future.

So what does wheat have to do with it? Well, it makes the everyday struggles of the teenager . . . much worse.

Take, for instance:

Acne–So common, it’s the hallmark of the teenage years. Wheat triggers insulin which, in turn, triggers sebum production and acne formation.
Overweight–Teenagers are highly sensitive to their appearance. Being an overweight teen is a terribly painful situation to be in. If you think overweight adults are often ignored or mistreated, think what it’s like for an overweight teen. High blood sugar, high blood insulin . . . growth of visceral fat.
Sleepiness–Teenagers need a lot of sleep. 10 hours a night is not at all uncommon. More often, teenagers get by with less. Try paying attention to the teacher lecturing on quadratic equations in algebra class after 7-8 hours of sleep and a breakfast of Cookie Crisps cereal. The inevitable low blood sugar that follows the sugar high brings overwhelming sleepiness. Throw in the mind effects of gliadin and gluten, and you’ve got teens head down in their polynomials.
Man breasts–The overweight teenage male with the large tummy of a wheat belly also develops large breasts, the result of excessive estrogen emitting from the visceral fat of the abdomen, as well as the increased secretion of prolactin. Could it get any worse for the appearance-sensitive teen?
Emotionality–We all know about the wide mood swings of the teen years, from elation to despair within minutes, often far out of proportion to reality. What food impacts on mood more than wheat?

Ironically, it’s the wheat foods that are the coolest for teens: pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, cookies and donuts. Go figure: Teenagers doing something that isn’t good for them?

Unfortunately, it’s also the teens who are least likely to heed our advice about the dangers of wheat. Think there’s a way to make eggs and coconut oil cool?