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Do You Have Wheat Belly?

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Do You Have Wheat Belly?

Wheat Belly is a new name for beer belly or pot belly… or technically …visceral fat.

It’s also a New York Times best selling book by William Davis, M.D.
You might react to this book in three ways:

1.  Love it since the information can or has already helped you lose weight.
2.  Are sad since you now want to give up wheat but find it difficult.
3.  Hate it for its shaky science.

I was already ‘wheat free’ before reading this book, so I am definitely not in the second category. I loved the information in Wheat Belly but I do have also some major problems with some parts of the book.

First the Pros:

1. Extremely well written and documented.

Davis takes a pretty tough stance against “healthy whole grains,” going against a lot of major health advice without sounding fanatical. He does not mention anything without backing up his statements with published research.

2.  The intense genetic alternation of wheat and its consequences.

The modern wheat of today is perhaps the most genetically altered plant that we eat. It is perhaps even worse than the regular GMO’s we hear about so much. It is no longer the staple of life that our forebears ground into their daily bread or the mainstay of most major cultures and religions.

Instead it has been genetically altered to provide processed food manufactures with the highest yield at the lowest price though monoculture.

No human or animal testing has been done on the new wheat varieties we now use even though they produce radically different proteins.  Some of those new proteins are now discovered to be associated with celiac disease but there may be many other consequences.

3.  The principles with insulin resistance and glycemic index and how they affect your health.

Right on the cover it announces, “Did you know that eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of pure sugar?”

After reading this book you will have a clearer understanding of this statement and its many ramifications. Wheat has a unique kind of carb that quickly raises your blood sugar and thus causes a host of health problems. It’s the dumbest of all dumb carbs.

4. Why you crave wheat so much.

Wheat upon digestion yields ‘unique polypeptides’ that have the unique ability to cross the blood brain barrier and bind to opiate receptors. This is what causes the warm fuzzy feeling when you eat wheat and why people have definite withdraw symptoms when they go off wheat.

5. The principle of Acid/Alkaline balance is clearly explained.

One can then understand how an over acid condition affects your health. Grains such as wheat account for 38% of the normal American’s acid load and wheat comprises the major part of that 38%.

6. Theories on aging and the importance of AGE’s (advanced glycation end-products).

You will probably hear more and more about these AGE’s in the future. As you probably can guess wheat is not your friend here.

7. Health dangers of regular gluten free products.

These products contain too many sugars and simple starches which raise your blood sugars too quickly. Read more about this here: 9  Dangers of Gluten Free Products.

8. How wheat makes you fat.

Davis explains how all of the above categories plus many more contribute to wheat weight gain.

In my own experience, when people stop wheat consumption they often feel better and often lose weight.

Our 10,000 tests with Vital Health Assessment also confirms this .

In two decades of testing we have only come across a handful of individuals that wheat raised their vitality.  For almost everyone else wheat is highly negative.  We normally test 15 different grains including gluten grains and they mostly test positive or neutral but not wheat!

Next page: What is wrong with this book’s approach.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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1:39PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Everything in moderation. I don't think a little wheat now and then can be so bad

9:20AM PST on Feb 1, 2014


6:37PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thank you for this review! Much appreciated:)

12:10AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing!

5:47AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

good article thanks, but have to agree with some of the other comments...if one was to worry too much about what one ate all of the time; then one would simply never eat!!!

10:32AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013


12:58AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

ty for the info

5:09PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

"They" say this and they say that. I just eat what I enjoy and I will have an enjoyable life and hopefully die with few regrets. I place little faith in anyone promoting a diet and selling a book or products. I am sure my diet is not the most healthy.....but at the moment I will enjoy my Bayou Chicken Pasta with cheese, cream and very many noms

6:07PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I definitely have wheat belly and its gets worse every year. I try to control it through exercise and juicing. I find that juicing broccoli is very helpful with the bloating and spinach helps with the cravings. I also try to get my carbs from other sources - esp quinoa but I don't think I will ever give up wheat. I love a good veggie sandwich and I love bread and olive oil - I just try not to over do it and to minimize the consequences if I have too much.

1:42PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for changing the photograph!!!! Huge improvement! And thank you for writing this interesting article.

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