I’ve been hearing about this book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, for a few months now. I figured it was probably a good book, but what I didn’t realize was that it would be such a great book! Admittedly, there is a fair amount of science talk in there that is tough to get through. But, there are also some amazing gems of information too. Personally, I think when you feel you might burst if you don’t tell someone about a book…that’s a good indication that it has made an impact on you!
So, what is it about this book that was so impressive? Well, Dr. Davis examines the history of wheat over the past thousand or so years and discusses how the introduction of genetically modified ingredients like gluten have really destroyed the essence of wheat. It’s true, the current wheat available is certainly not the same wheat that your grandparents ate. Now, you may have already discovered that for yourself. But, what he does explain rather thoroughly is how the ingestion of all this gluten-infused wheat is impacting society by causing so much inflammation and impacting diseases, particularly diabetes. Dr. Davis links all this “healthy, whole grains” hype with the intestinal and autoimmune damage that it is doing in all of our bodies. If you have diabetes, you’ll be intrigued to find out that those “healthy, whole grains” have a higher glycemic index than a Snickers bar!
In addition to all the science and background history about wheat/gluten, Dr. Davis talks about how his patients have had dramatic turnarounds in their own health because of eliminating wheat/gluten from their diets. (And, he even mentions that eliminating dairy along with gluten is a good idea too.) This is a great book to give a skeptical family member because Dr. Davis just doesn’t make claims and state his own opinion, he backs it all up with published studies that explain these exact findings about whole grains and autoimmune diseases. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, as soon as you can. I can think of a few family members that might find this under the tree for Christmas this year, too!