Pies can be made from all sorts of things. Most of us probably think of dessert first, but savory pies exist, too (like shepherd’s pie).
Paleo and Sugar
The real danger of pie lies in its signature crust. That flaky, golden-brown, melt-in-your-mouth pastry that surrounds whatever filling you decide to include. Traditional pie crusts are made primarily of wheat and butter. There’s nothing wrong with butter, if you can tolerate dairy, but there are plenty of things wrong with wheat.
The Problems With Gluten
Wheat contains an antinutrient, called gluten, that many people cannot tolerate. Even those who don’t experience any noticeable issues when eating wheat are suffering from inflammation, if nothing else. Inflammation has been linked to a number of dangerous diseases, from arthritis to cancer.
Paleo and Carbohydrates
Aside from gluten, wheat causes problems by being low in nutrients and extremely high in carbohydrates. Refined wheat flour (the type normally used to make pie crust) causes a massive spike in blood sugar. This spike leads to a crash, leaving you feeling tired, hungry, and craving more carbs to get your blood sugar back up. This sets off a cycle in which you become dependent on carbs for energy.
The Dangers of Insulin Resistance
It also leads to insulin resistance. Our bodies use insulin to digest all that sugar, shuttling it off to fat cells to be used later. When we regularly consume loads of carbs and keep our blood sugar high, our cells become desensitized to the insulin and the pancreas has to produce more insulin to get the job done. This is known as insulin resistance and it is a precursor to a number of dangerous health disorders, including diabetes.
Ancient vs. Modern Wheat
As if that weren’t bad enough, modern wheat is even worse than what our grandparents grew up eating.