Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis MD

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.

Another health book on how a food item we are told all our lives is so good for us really isn't. This book has tons of scientific as well as the doctors own studies inside. I really like that he included real people case studies.
Dr. Davis breaks down the scientific part of the study into very easy, bite size (sorry for the pun) chunks to read and understand. Most of the problem comes from genetically altering of our foods.
He also covers a ton of different health issues that he says would be solved if we went wheatless. In a society that is full of wheat products, this will be difficult. I do have a few friends who have Celiac disease. I can't imagine how hard living in this society is!
This is a great book for those who need a better diet or who have a disease caused by wheat. There are a few recipes as well.

Thanks Netgalley for letting me read this book!

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