In America, biscuits refer to a type of quick bread made from flour and either baking powder, or baking soda and buttermilk. In Europe, the term “biscuit” refers to what we call cookies (which aren’t Paleo either), but for now we’re just talking about the quick bread.
Wheat and Inflammation
If you cut just one thing out of your diet, it should probably be flour, and that just happens to be the main ingredient in biscuits. Wheat is full of gluten, which is highly inflammatory, even for those without symptoms of gluten sensitivity. Chronic inflammation has been correlated to everything from heart disease to arthritis.
Paleo and Carbohydrates
Wheat is also very high on the glycemic index. Even whole grains cause a massive spike in blood sugar. That spike inevitably leads to a crash, leaving you feeling drained and craving more carbs to get your blood sugar back up. The result is a vicious cycle that ultimately leads to the cells become desensitized to insulin andthe pancreas has to respond by producing more insulin. This cycle is known as insulin resistance and it’s a precursor for everything from diabetes to cancer.
Mark Sisson has even more reasons we should all be avoiding wheat.
If you still crave a biscuit with your Paleo breakfast or as an occasional snack, you can always make Paleo Biscuits.