WHEAT BELLY BOOK
“Fascinating, compelling, and more than a little entertaining, Wheat Belly may be the most important health book of the year.” —Dana Carpender, author of Dr. William Davis, cardiologist, author of the New York Times Bestselling Wheat Belly Books, and health crusader for the wheat-free, grain-free lifestyle. The Wheat Belly Day Grain Detox is also the first book in the Wheat Belly series to be accompanied by an app that makes your start to this lifestyle even.
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Wheat Belly” is a best-selling diet book, but is it the right diet for you? WebMD explains what you can eat and what you can expect from this. This online course at RodaleU distills all the wisdom of the original Wheat Belly books and the lessons learned by the millions of people who have adopted this. Wheat Belly book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Renowned cardiologist, William Davis, MD explains how eliminating wh. .
He includes a discussion on things you can do to enhance healthy gut bacteria, with the inclusion of recipes for fermented foods Is This Book for You? If you have a chronic health condition and have not yet found adequate relief from modern medicine, Dr. Davis' book might be of appeal. Hearing his perspective on the contribution of grain consumption to today's systemic and hard-to-treat health problems might resonate with you.
Throughout the book, Dr. Davis speaks extensively about grains and IBS.
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Here is an example, "IBS is so common in people who consume Davis work can be provided without addressing the fact that his work frequently gets challenged by other science writers. Criticisms generally involve a questioning of his interpretation of scientific data or that he overlooks other important studies. If the idea of a grain-free diet is of appeal to you, please speak with your doctor before making such a dietary change. Once the injury is stopped , then healing occurs and the inflammation resolves.
Reversal of coronary heart disease is seen on follow up examinations. Research does not support the theory that carbohydrates from wheat, other grains, or starchy vegetables are the source of injury that leads to chronic inflammation.
In contrast, scientific research does solidly support that the source of injury leading to chronic inflammation is animal foods. Lower inflammatory markers, like CRP, are associated with better health. Greater red meat intake is associated with unfavorable plasma concentrations of inflammatory and glucose metabolic biomarkers in diabetes-free women. There are no comparable studies suggesting meat decreases inflammation or that whole grains, including wheat, increase inflammation.
CRP is a reliable marker of inflammation. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain how animal foods injure our bodies. No debate here. Relevant to the argument that inflammation is not the underlying cause of obesity and disease is the fact that treating inflammation with powerful anti-inflammatory medications does not favorably change the course and progression of the disease.
Making False Associations: The main take-away that readers will get from Wheat Belly is that wheat is the major cause of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and almost all other major health problems that people suffer from. Wheat can be very troublesome for a small percentage of the population. Celiac disease is a condition that affects fewer than one in one hundred people following the Western diet. These people must avoid gluten, found in high concentrations in wheat, barley, and rye.
However, to put this real concern into a global, historical perspective, consider the importance of these three grains: People without celiac disease, or the few other conditions that warrant elimination of these three specific grains, will find them an excellent source of nutrition. Furthermore, there is an inverse relationship between whole grain intake and weight gain. Examples of whole grains included whole wheat, dark bread, oats, brown rice, rye, barley, and bulgur.
Even those few people intolerant of gluten wheat, barley, and rye can healthfully consume non-gluten rice, corn, oats, and other grains.
Low-carbohydrate promoters enthusiastically demonize these grains too. The truth is that people with type-2 diabetes are ill with many disorders of the body and brain.
But grains and other starchy vegetables do not cause type-2 diabetes. The Western diet, loaded with meat , fat , and empty calories, makes people overweight and diabetic. Type-2 diabetes is cured by a starch-based, high-carbohydrate diet. Dietary fat increases blood sugar levels and causes people with type-1 diabetes to require more insulin. I just saved you reading the first pages I have a few friends who have gone wheat free and have experienced some positive health benefits so I thought I'd give this a read.
I just saved you reading the first pages. Near the end of the book he drops the big - "Oh, and by the way" So limit rice, oats More proteins and fats meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds and peanuts. At the end of the day, despite all the history on why wheat is so evil..
Very annoying I wish he'd mention that at the beginning. View all 4 comments. Jan 12, Benjamin Sobieck rated it it was ok. As the husband of a diagnosed celiac not the trendy self-diagnosed kind, the objective and measurable autoimmune reaction to gluten protein kind , I gave this hot book a real chance.
After all, we're living in a virtually wheat-free home already I still eat wheat bread. Bottom line: It takes a decent idea reducing wheat consumption and blows it way out of proportion.
To me, there are five main weaknesses to the author's argument: When the patients eliminate As the husband of a diagnosed celiac not the trendy self-diagnosed kind, the objective and measurable autoimmune reaction to gluten protein kind , I gave this hot book a real chance. When the patients eliminated wheat from their diets, they lost weight. The author may be a doctor, but even he must know this isn't good enough. Clinical studies of the weight-wheat relationship are needed.
This does nothing to support his case. If you're not a celiac, your body is going to react to wheat differently. This cognitive dissonance is glazed over, as is In one passage, the author writes, "Eating a three-egg omelet that triggers no increase in glucose does not add to body fat. The author also states fiber content in wheat products doesn't affect blood sugar.
That doesn't add up. Foods high in fiber digest slowly, which prevents blood sugar from spiking. True, a big load of carbs will spike blood sugar, but fiber can spread that spike into a plateau.
To disregard that seems unusual and suspect to this reader. But that's not nearly as bad as Name the ailment, the author will trace the source back to wheat. Eliminating wheat will solve all your problems. Without the M. If you accept fad diets as sound science, I guess there's no convincing you.
If none of these four points persuade you, the fact remains that For as damning as some of the passages are, he does make some decent points. Modern wheat hybrids designed for yields and commercial consistency, for example, might have sacrifed consumer health along the way. Diets high in wheat also tend to be high in processed foods, which are generally the worst of the food options out there.
But causation and correlation are two different things. Without further study and clinical evidence, this book remains a shaky idea promoted by someone building on refugees from the Aitkins diet craze. Like that wave, this one will pass, too, only to be replaced by something else. If eliminating wheat works for someone, great. But I suspect the majority of this book's readers will eventually move on to the next "poison" in the cupboard.
It's not a question of if, but when. But I will give this book and the accompanying wheat-noia credit: It gave my celiac wife some better options at the grocery store! View all 5 comments. Jun 30, Daniela rated it really liked it. Efforts have been made to explain and counter arguments about toxidity etc. So the word of warning right off: Davis agrees with the low carbs recommendation to the extreme.
He calls his book The Wheat Belly, as wheat is the widest used and most readily available grain product in the world. He does refer to all gluten containing, genetically altered grains by this one term: Through crossbreading it has been turned into a high yield, low growing plant to produce as much grain with as little loss as possible.
Through modern food science it has become possible to alter it to growing specifications that are the most satisfying for the producer.
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At the same time people were advised to eat as much whole grain product as possible as it was advertised as healthy. Unfortunately this development occurred too fast for human digestion to keep up and was done without even checking how the cross breeding affected the consumer. Through the process wheat gained attributes that neither parent plant was known to have on humans.
Chemical processes in the body that affect not only digestion, weight gain and intestinal problems like celiac desease but shockingly were responsible for all sorts of health problems from heart desease brought on by weight gain, to high blood glucose levels and resulting diabetes and effects on the brain that suggest an addiction and contribute to problems like ADHD, dimentia and other brain related health problems.
One of the most convincing points is that despite the fact that people were advised to eat low fat high fiber diets the population has grown more and more overweight and obese.
Davis compares our diets nowadays to that of our ancestors, where the ones of about two generations away still got non genetically altered wheat and those from a few thousand years ago hardly ate grains at all. He argues that if we were to follow the hunter and gatherer diets of our forefathers we would be following what our bodies are still genetically programmed to digest: Meat and fats as well as vegetables and fruit, with very little grain.
And if grain, then because of the adverse effects of gluten on digestion in many people, gluten free grains. This is not a fad diet book, but a scientific text, that states many studies and examples about the facts Davis descibes. A deeper insight into the changes of human physiology over time to see if and how any progress towards better digestion of today's "wheat diet" has been acquired would make this work complete.
Davis does include a small recipe section that is geared towards replacing wheat products in a satisfying way. An eye opener and if even half the facts are true, one would hope that society could adopt eating habits more adapted to our bodies to produce a healthier population.
In Canada the food guide has already been changed away from the largest amount of calories having to come from grains, to the recommendation to eat mostly vegetables and fruit. If meat moved up on the scale and grains moved back into last place, it appears after reading this book, we would be receiving very good advise. Parents of autistic children and children with ADHD might find this very interesting and helpful.
Yet everyone could benefit from following this diet if what it claims is indeed true: Better all over health and a cure to many ailments. Jun 13, Melissa rated it did not like it. Was this ever painful. He should call this the Atkins diet. It's not wheat he has a problem with.
It's carbs. He puts most fruits and beans on his be careful list. That kills his credibility right there. So essentially, based on his theory a vegetarian diet would be bad with all those legumes, whole grains and fruits I guess. Since people following vegetarian diets have much less ri Was this ever painful.
Since people following vegetarian diets have much less risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity, then how does his theory make any sense. I can go on all day, however my last rant will be about his use of the word "genetic". He makes it sound like North American wheat is genetically modified, which it isn't.
Wheat has taken on many hybrid forms over the centuries as has essentially every fruit and vegetable. So should we then put up a fight against all plant based foods. Oh and did I mention that when he gained weight all he ate was processed Wonder bread, Ho Ho's, pasta and no vegetables.
Maybe the problem was way too much processed wheat. You decide for yourself why so many people have weight problems. View 1 comment.
Sep 29, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: Let's be honest--I'm going to be in favor of this book because of my point of view. I'm supporting my own research-free thesis that wheat is bad for you. And this dude's an MD, he backs up his science with footnotes, the subject interests me, and I've had personal experience giving up wheat in my own life although I haven't been able to stick with it for long periods, but I eat way less than I used to and know the positive changes it can have on the body.
I read some reviews have called this Let's be honest--I'm going to be in favor of this book because of my point of view. I read some reviews have called this book junk science, but frankly--I think what's passing for hard cold facts from the USDA and the current medical community is junk science too, and we eat wheat because it's cheap, easy, and tastes relatively good it's hard to screw up pizza.
But there is really compelling research Davis compiles about the negative sometimes deadly effects wheat can have on the body long term and how many different ways it can affect people.
He focuses mostly on giving up wheat in the diet, but he doesn't give corn or rice a pass either in large quantities. And he CERTAINLY doesn't give "gluten free" foods a pass--he thinks they're terrible in general and raise the blood sugar just like wheat does but with less negative effects.
The book made sense to me, and it was relatively easy to read although I skimmed the more science-y parts of the reading. I've been modifying my diet long enough that I wasn't overly impressed by his menu plans in the back he advocates sugar replacements like splenda, and i hate that stuff , but the rest of the book was really interesting. It really does make me look at that bagel more critically I really never felt better and less hungry than when i gave all that stuff up for a month Don't let anyone tell you different.
And if I never hear the phrase "heart-healthy whole grains" again, it will be too soon. Davis uses the term mockingly on every other page View 2 comments. Dec 24, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: I have long suspected that wheat did not like me as much as I liked it - so, I decided to kick it to the curb for an experiment. This book was the first one I found in my search to back up my assertions, and I learned a lot from it.
Davis is a cardiologist, and the book is filled with stories of patients who gave up wheat under his guidance and have seen complete s in their health: The book is not just for celiacs or gluten intolerant individuals - he states clearly that everyone can benefit from getting rid of this grain, which is not what it used to be even a hundred years ago. In several pointed chapters, Davis lays it out about wheat's effect on the brain, the body's pH balance, the skin and aging, and links to obesity and a number of other chronic ailments, chief among them diabetes and arthritis.
Some of the most convincing and telling arguments he makes for getting rid of wheat are the blood sugar tests: I found that information inconsistent with everything else he was trying to prove.
I eat a strict plant-based diet so I have strong ethical feelings about this, but that aside, he doesn't make a case WHY meat should even be included in this plan at all. In many ways this book seems to be a "repackaging" of the popular and ubiquitous PALEO food plan - just in a lighter and more palpable format. He doesn't say to get rid of rice and beans, for instance, but says to limit their consumption.
Agriculture is not painted as the "fall of civilization" here. The book isn't perfect, but it has some good tidbits, and I'm a sucker for testimonials. The fuel to continue comes from the general "good" feelings I have now. Of course, it is the things that only YOU would notice and that are hard to quantify: An added bonus: We'll see how this continues, as I am committed to continuing this "experiment" and possibly making it a lifestyle change.
View all 7 comments. Jan 31, Trish rated it it was ok Shelves: Why not? Maybe it is whole grains. I should check it out. Somehow it seems like a radical fix. Our entire eating regime is centered around whole grains, and Davis, M. Must be because that major food group was supporting every other thing he knew how to cook. Poor guy. Imagine eliminating wheat from breakfast alone, and then go through snack, mains, desserts.
Carrots and celery? Gee, that sounds familiar… My suspicions about wheat being problematic run back, oh, several hundred millennia. Davis suggests, with no data, that it could be genetically-modified wheat. Davis cites the rise of increased instances of celiac disease, IBS, diabetes, and suggests wheat and its gluten has something to do with it. Eliminating wheat means eliminating amylopectin A of wheat, the form of complex carbohydrate that actually increases blood sugar higher than table sugar or candy bars.
A wave of exhaustion comes over me. I have seen plenty of menus by now which concentrate harder on providing gluten-free than they do vegan offerings.
Vegans are not, however, known for slim profiles unless they simply eat nothing , which is also a possibility. Craving protein is common in this group. I tried it.
Wilted kale, mushrooms, onions, and yellow squash in fig balsamic placed in the wrap was delicious, yes. It would work. He suggested it for breakfast. Lunch, maybe. He used sugar substitutes. I thought the latest word was that sugar substitutes were going to kill us. No wonder these folks lost weight. I am probably more likely to blame weight gain on sugar than anything, but in the end it is probably processed foods, which contain both wheat and sugar.
Whatever, we are eating ourselves into early graves. So, stop eating. Go running—or whatever it is that raises your heart rate and floods you with endorphins. And just remember, getting it all isn't really getting it all. Be happy. Don't worry. Too much of anything is still too much. We have an embarrassment of riches. Besides the folks with legitimate allergies and illnesses, we could all probably do with less.
We struggle to get enough and then we discover satiety is probably going to kill us, just like lack of satiety. What a dilemma. Aug 07, Tiana Warner rated it liked it. Call it "The Carnivorous Squirrel Diet. He outlines perhaps in too much detail reasonable, scientific evidence to support why a diet free from genetically modified wheat is better for you in every way. While he states that you should cut wheat altogether, I'm going to argue and say that if you eat wheat that has not been genetically modified, you will not suffer these consequences , since the genetic modification is what causes the problems.
But I digress. When he got to the end, though, he suddenly listed all the other foods you shouldn't eat for similar reasons. He lists every food imaginable except for vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds, cheese, and meat.
He gives you an impossible diet that would leave anyone miserable, especially if you don't like to eat meat. What about quinoa? Wild rice? Stone-ground, unsalted corn chips? Lentils or other legumes?
No, no, and no. He states that you can eat unlimited nuts and cheese, which I believe is flat-out wrong. Nuts and cheese have been shown to be healthy, sure, but only in moderation.
The whole diet he proposes at the end is absurd. Yes he makes a good argument against GMO wheat, but that's as far as it goes for me.
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Jun 10, Yasmeen rated it did not like it. Atkins diet in disguise. Listen, folks, according to this book: You are supposed to cut out all gluten, all gluten-free products with rice, oat, and all grains basically , most fruits, and anything with carbohydrates potatoes, corn, beans. Of course you will lose weight, how much meat and fat can you eat in a day? I rather die prematurely than stop eating fruits and grains just because some author decided it would be cool to go low-carb.
Guess what? No one lives forever. And our ancestors probably died in their 30s and they ate all natural and non-GMO products. So there. That is how it is with people, they like to blame food groups on their health problems.
Give me a person with absolutely no health problems and I can assure you it is not because of their diet ONLY. Stay away from any diet that cuts out a major food group or type. It's most likely because the author is biased and personally hates the taste of that food. Those bagels on the cover do look delicious though. Oct 03, Eric rated it it was ok. View all 3 comments. It's tough for me to decide if this book should get two or three stars.
It does have some useful information, but it's sandwiched in alarmist-style marketing. The useful information could easily be contained in a page booklet without the need for constant reminders that we're all fat, we're killing ourselves with our food, and wheat is the worst thing you can ever consume. The author falls just shy of typing the book in all caps. Here are some neat tidbits from the book: However, the wheat of today is not the same wheat of generations past. Here are some uncool tidbits from the book: Sure, peanuts and shellfish can cause hives.
But what other food can be blamed for such an incredible range of skin diseases, from a common rash all the way to gangrene, disfigurement, and death? Most civilized people will respect your health concern, preferring your deprivation to an embarrassing case of hives that could ruin the festivities. It begins by claiming that wheat is the cause of being overweight, yet near the end of the book shifts to explaining that carbs must be reduced, as well as fruit. For example, if you are going to have strawberries, you should not have more than two.Buy now on Amazon.
I am a vegetarian vegan in fact , am not gluten intolerant, and eat wheat every day. It also demonstrated that common dietary staples at the grocery store, such as seasoning mixes, salad dressings, and mayonnaise, could not be trusted.
Davis does include a small recipe section that is geared towards replacing wheat products in a satisfying way. If you want to eat this diet, throw out everything in your kitchen cupboards, head to the woods and start chasing down rabbits and foraging mushrooms.
Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Enjoy and be well! More proteins and fats meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds and peanuts. In one passage, the author writes, "Eating a three-egg omelet that triggers no increase in glucose does not add to body fat.
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