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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - I May Not Eat Wheaties Again, August 30, 2011
This review is from: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (Hardcover)
William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist who blames Low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides and small LDL particles for the rise in heart disease. This also leads to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes and pre-diabetes, increased inflammation, increasingly blood clot-prone blood. This is caused by the condition Dr. Davis calls "wheat belly".

Wheat belly is the much like the "beer belly" with the same protruding, sagging abdomen that develops when you overindulge in processed carbohydrates. It represents visceral fat that laces the intestines.

While nearly everyone knows that candy bars and soft drinks aren't good for health, most Americans have allowed processed carbohydrates, but especially wheat products like pretzels, crackers, breads, waffles, pancakes, breakfast cereals and pasta, to dominate diet.

Nutritionists have warned against plain white bread and steered us in another direction. According to the author, today's health-conscious decision to eat more whole grains may be more of the problem than the solution. In his view, it is some grains (like wheat) that are largely behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Grains like oats and flaxseed don't seem to contribute to weight and the associated patterns like small LDL.

Dr. Davis suggests we eliminate all forms of wheat - no breakfast cereals, no breads of any sort, no pasta, crackers, pretzels, etc. Instead, increase your vegetables, healthy oils, lean proteins (lean red meats, chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, yogurt and cottage cheese), raw nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans, and fruit. Of course, avoid fruit drinks, candy, and other garbage foods, even if they're wheat-free.

According to Davis, most people will report that a cloud has been lifted from their brain. Thinking is clearer, they have more energy and they sleep more deeply. Most people lose the insatiable hunger pangs that occur 2-3 hours after a wheat-containing meal. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Why such an impact from a "natural" food source like wheat? Because this is not the same grain your parents ate. Food engineering may create more food but not always better. If you want more information on this, I suggest reading Food, Inc. : Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest. To get a better view of the business of food, you may want to watch the video "Food Inc" and then read The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply. It was interesting to read about the effects on people from a doctor's point of view.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed Dr. Davis' writing style, not like you might expect from a doctor. His experiences with his patients are fascinating. It is evident that he is passionate about this, and not just trying to promote a book.

I agree with Dr. Davis that processed foods are the major cause of obesity in America. This was a fascinating book to read but I also found it alarming that just about everything is made with wheat. Dr. Davis's research has proven that by eliminating wheat from our diets we can eliminate the dreaded fat tire around our midsection. Unfortunately, some people may still have a hard time giving up their favorite foods because wheat is so prevalent.

I have found through muscle testing that a large percentage of people are sensitive to wheat. Could the elimination of wheat from your diet really eliminate the "wheat belly" around your middle? Read this book and find out!
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2011 6:43:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2011 6:44:46 PM PDT
Marielize says:
After listening to the audio book, I don't think Dr Davis is actually supporting a low fat diet
"increase your vegetables, healthy oils, lean proteins (lean red meats, chicken, fish, turkey)" as you suggests. He lets saturated fat of the hook plenty of times during the book.
After all, low carb + low fat = high protein and that is linked to proven problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2011 4:43:29 PM PDT
E. Perrigo says:
From what I've gotten through so far, I'm sure he's NOT supporting a low-fat diet. Saturated fat is actually fairly benign and I'm sure someone as well researched as Dr. Davis has known that for years.
Listening to him as he does the podcast circuit, he's actually a low-carb proponent with wheat being the most vicious of the carbs.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 7:57:56 PM PDT
ReviewMaster says:
Excellent review!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 10:34:14 PM PDT
N. King says:
I've been Gluten free for 2 years (no wheat, rye or barley, & few oats) & regaining my waistline was one of the early results! Another family member (we're both 61) who went GF this summer is down to his college weight, BP & B Sugar have normalized!
I am also not a fan of unsaturated fats, have used olive oil for several years, & coconut oil for the last two - yea, medium chain fats!! I am a proponent of nutrient dense whole foods, local & OG veggies & fruit, with some seeds (amaranth & quinoa) & naturally gluten free meals.
It's nice to see a cardiologist add his voice to our awareness of the danger in grain heavy diets!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 3:16:44 PM PDT
I suggest you listen to the audio again, read his book a few times and, if necessary, go to the Wheat Belly web site and read everything. What you say is not what Davis advocates all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 6:12:43 PM PST
Noel Spanier says:
Dr Davis is not a proponent of a Gluten free diet. He advises against it on an interview I listened to recently.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 2:31:19 PM PST
suzanne says:
When I listened to Dr. Davis speak on the subject of gluten on the Dr. Oz show, it sounded to me like he was not advocating gluten free foods AS THEY ARE CURRENTLY, which are usually empty carbs, and usually not organic, which also might mean they are Genetically Modified, which causes even more problems. From what I understand, wheat sensitivity and allergy, and gluten intolerance may be two different conditions. It can be confusing.
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