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Overview A renowned cardiologist 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, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.
Reviews This books tells the familiar story like new invention (or advancement) --> system (or technology)being abused --> people become the victim. In term of wheat, it helped to start the agricultural revolution. For better yield and other preferred characteristics, wheat is altered genetically drastically. Human evolution can't keep pace with the change of wheat. So is the wheat belly. The book is an interesting read and seems convincing. I am just not sure wheat is the major culprit to blame. If you substitute wheat with soy, you could probably write a book called "Soy Belly". It probably works for "Corn Belly", too. And, don't forget "Dairy Belly". It is maybe a bit of topic. Many of the "REAL" foods we eat today are not the same like those of even 10 years ago. Most of the bananas are of the cavendish variety (Problem: lack of varieties). Do you remember when is your last time you have seed watermelon, oranges, grapes etc? I know, they are all seedless now. We are what we eat, but what we eat have change so much in such a short period of time. Probably these changes all have health implication. we may be able to stay away from processed food. Can you stay away from MODIFIED food? I requested this through inter-library loan, not because I need to lose weight (those who know me will laugh at that statement), but because it pertained to wheat and I was trying to do as much research as possible after my diagnosis of non-celiac gluten intolerance. I was surprised to find that this book was not a book about weight, per se, but about the myriad of effects that wheat has on our health, whether we are gluten-intolerant or not! For example, did you know that whole wheat bread can raise your blood sugar higher than plain table sugar? Or that thanks to industrialization and breeding for efficient yields, the wheat that we consume is a vastly different plant than
what our ancestors consumed up until a mere fifty years ago? How about that wheats produces exorphins which bind with the same receptors in the brain as opiates? And that's just the beginning. This book details the effect wheat has on your intestines, insulin, pH and bone loss, signs of aging, heart disease, the brain, and your skin. Worth the read? Absolutely.
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