I finally was able to finish Wheat Belly. I have to say that I was fairly disappointed in this book. Most of you know that I have really cut down on the wheat I consume, so I am not looking at this book from a rah-rah wheat perspective. I am looking at it from the angle that a lot of wheat isn’t the best thing for our bodies.
Things I liked about the book? Probably the best part was the explanation of how today’s wheat is very different from the wheat that was first used in agriculture. It is now bred to have much more gluten than it used to. I personally feel that the modification of wheat and how much we consume on a daily basis is responsible for a lot of the sensitivities to gluten that have increased over the years. It really gives you something to think about.
However, In addition to gluten intolerance issues, Dr. Davis then goes on to talk about how wheat is a cause of schizophrenia, addictions (although I do experience wheat-induced cravings), skin problems, heart disease, faster aging, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, Alzheimer’s, ect.
Better check the Zapruder films because I bet you might find wheat on the grassy knoll… 🙄
It was really starting to become Chicken Little there for a while.
The last section of the book was about how to eat wheat free. But wait – not just wheat free, but low carb! After going on and on (and on and on) about the horrors of wheat, he then says to avoid gluten-free substitutes like tapioca or rice flours because they are just as bad for your insulin levels as wheat. And add to that fruit and potatoes.
So, he should just come out and say it’s carbs and not just wheat. The book could really be called Carb Belly. It sort of undermines the points he was making about just wheat being the villain.
I had to laugh about his comment about if you wanted to eat fruit. He said have 10 blueberries or 2 strawberries or a couple wedges of an apple as a serving of fruit. Is anyone else laughing at this? 10 blueberries??? That is what I pop in my mouth when measuring out a full ‘real’ serving of blueberries (1/2 cup). The fear of fruit is something I just don’t get. Yes, fruit has fructose in it, but is is also wrapped in fiber and other nutrients. It’s not like eating a tablespoon of honey. Just eat the damn fruit, people!!
Anyway, I guess I am on the fence about this book. It certainly has some good science in there and history, which is good, but the alarmist tone is just so unappealing to me.
As far as wheat goes, I think we do consume too much on a daily basis. It’s not just in the bread you eat – it’s in so many other products you don’t expect (sauces, spreads, coatings, etc). I do find I get cravings to keep eating when I have wheat products, which is reason enough for me to limit it. I was saying to John that I would treat it like I do alcohol or red meat. A couple times a week or so for wheat. John said like a social drinker – I will be a social ‘wheater’ LOL!!