Is Pizza Dough Paleo?

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Pizza dough is basically bread, and bread is definitely off the Paleo menu. It’s just flour, water, and a little bit of yeast. It does an excellent job of holding all the pizza toppings, but it does a very poor job of nourishing us.

Paleo and Carbohydrates

Wheat is low in nutrients and high in carbohydrates. The carbs cause a spike in blood sugar and our bodies have to respond by producing enough insulin to deal with all that sugar. This leads to a crash in blood sugar, leaving you feeling tired, cranky, and craving more carbs. It’s a vicious cycle and it eventually leads to insulin resistance because the more insulin your body has to produce over an extended period of time, the more desensitized your cells get to the insulin, and the body has to respond by producing even more insulin. This is a metabolic disorder that is known to precede just about every disease from obesity to Alzheimer’s.

The Anti-Nutrients

Despite containing a few minerals, wheat contains anti-nutrients, such as gluten and phytic acid, that prevent our bodies from being able to use those nutrients. Gluten is known to cause leaky gut, phytic acid interferes with our receptors of certain minerals, causing mineral deficiencies, and both create inflammation (something we all want to avoid to stay healthy).

Mark Sisson has even more reasons we should all stay away from grains.