Back in November I posted about my food sensitivity test and followed up with a post about if gluten and weight-gain were associated. In that post I mentioned there was a book called The Wheat Belly that touched on this topic that I had been dying to read. Well, I finally read it over my Christmas break!
Could something that is supposedly so “healthy” be causing so much damage to our bodies? Cardiologist Dr. William Davis seems to think so! He uses the term “wheat belly” to describe the big gut that you see too many people carrying around. This big gut represents the accumulation of fat that results from prolonged consumption of foods that trigger insulin, the hormone of fat storage. The higher the blood glucose after consumption of food, the higher the insulin level and therefore the more fat that is stored.
It has been proven that wheat elevates blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate! If you think about it, we aren’t light wheat-eaters either. Most people have cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, maybe some cheese and crackers as a snack, and then a piece of bread with their dinner. So much bread! After watching over 2,000 of his patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Dr. Davis concluded that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic – yikes!!!
When Dr. Davis asked his patients to give up wheat to improve their heart health, he found astonishing health effects other than what he expected. Patients experienced weight loss, decreased blood sugar, improved energy, deeper sleep, greater concentration, rashes disappeared, improved mood, cases of IBS disappeared, arthritis pain improved or disappeared and asthma symptoms improved or resolved! All of this just from eliminating wheat from their diet! How good can it really be for us if our bodies function so much better without it?!!
In The Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis expands more on why wheat has such negative effects on our bodies, as well as shares stories from patients who have turned their lives around thanks to the elimination of wheat from their diet. If you are interested in learning more about the negative effects of wheat, I would highly recommend you read The Wheat Belly. It is an interesting read and a definite eye-opener into the harmful world of wheat.
Here are a few thought-provoking tidbits from The Wheat Belly:
- “Modern wheat is no more real wheat than a chimpanzee is an approximation of a human”
- “There is hardly an organ that is NOT affected by wheat in some potentially damaging way”
- “Eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different, and often worse than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a candy bar”
- “Wheat is the only common food that has its own measurable mortality rate when observed over years of consumption”
- “The average American consumes 133lbs of wheat per year (133lbs of wheat flour is equal to approximately 200 loaves of bread, or a bit more than ½ a loaf of bread per day)”
Do you have a wheat belly?