Daily Archives: July 30, 2012

Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly, by William Davis, MD,  is the name of a book I am currently reading.

The information is rather startling.  You may have guessed by the title that this doctor’s theory is that it is the wheat in our diet that gives us belly fat, not some of the other culprits usually associated with this phenomenon.

This book is about 230 pages of text and then a number of pages containing recipes and some information for navigating through the grocery store.

You might imagine that within 230 pages, there’s more to say than just that ‘wheat contains gluten and this is something that causes belly fat’.  In fact there are some startling claims made by Dr. Davis and he backs up everyone of them with scientific information and studies.

The main concept that he covers early in the book is that our wheat has been grossly, genetically modified in the past 25 years.  Those processes are the root cause of many health problems in all demographics.

To get the reader’s attention, he starts by suggesting we think about pictures of our ancestors.  Any obese people?  Probably not.

Coincidentally, around the time that this new wheat was being grown, we were being told to ‘eat whole grains–bread, pasta;  eat less meat, less fat and concentrate on whole grains‘.  Remember when that started?

If you go online and find a list of foods and their glycemic index, you will see whole grain bread higher than some of the things that we’ve been told to stay away from.  Just know that a high glycemic index is not a good thing.

Astounding!  I’m not too far into this book, but wanted to share this information in case you aren’t aware of it and would like to get it as well.

What are your thoughts on this information?  Is this something that concerns you?