Review: Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D.

Friday, March 31

My rating:
2 Stars…

A great book for anyone who loves science and medical facts mixed in with their dietary advice. I am not that person.

Synopsis:

Renowned cardiologist, William Davis, MD explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as "wheat"—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, WheatBelly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

What I loved:

I enjoyed learning more about why our bodies react to certain foods in a certain way. Knowing what wheat actually does to our insides makes it so much easier not to want it, and also to understand where the cravings and reactions to wheat products come from.

Also, I loved that Dr Davis had so many facts to back up his information. He is clearly a super smart guy.

What I didn’t love:

The sheer volume of scientific terms really bogged me down. Like, I don't care what the term "gluten" encompasses - I just want to know what it does to me, and how to avoid it. That is why I bought a book called Wheat Belly with a picture of bagels on the cover, and not a scientific journal. If you want to know about the gliadins and glutenins and all their sub-types, and their protein structures, then this book is going to be like wheat crack to you. For me, it was just too much of something I was never going to retain.

Also, Dr Davis calls everyone fat. Even professional athletes - we are all fat. That was a bit too sensationalist for my liking.

And last but not least, the final nail in the coffin for me. I don't eat a lot of wheat products anyway, so I figured a lot of the data in this book just supported what I already knew: cut out wheat and you feel better. But for anyone looking at making a wheat free diet a part of their life, it turns out that isn't enough. This book isn't just about being wheat-free. After reading past the 70% mark and gearing yourself up to make this commitment, Dr Davis lets us know that you also need to cut out or limit:
Milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, butter, pineapple, papaya, mango, banana, dried fruits, cornmeal, cornstarch, whole corn, quinoa, millet, sorghum, brown rice, oats, buckwheat, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, beans of all types, soy products, corn/sunflower/safflower/grapeseed oils, gluten-free foods, and sugar.

So why call the book Wheat Belly if you have to cut out close to 100 non-wheat products to see results?

Overall…

Over all, I just felt like I wasted a tremendous amount of time reading this book. Coming from someone who reads 100+ romance novels a year, that's saying something.
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