The Cons: Problems With The Research
1. The writing is better than the science.
Wheat Belly is almost certainly ghost written as many best sellers now are.
It follows the basic format: start with a simple and clear health principle and its consequences, back this up with some strong research, and close the deal with personal anecdotes about some character you can’t help but relate to.
Because the writing is so believable and compelling you can easily miss any conclusion or details that are not accurate.
Many doctors and researchers have spoken out against the conclusions in Wheat Belly. They claim the statements and conclusion by Dr. Davis are arbitrary and you can reach completely different conclusions from the same research.
I haven’t studied the research myself. For all I know, these experts speaking against it are spokespersons for the wheat lobby! I do know though, that the trouble with a book like this is that it only gives you one side of the argument, which may be exaggerated or limited.
2. It’s a diet book.
You just have to wonder: Is this is like all the other fad diet books? Diet books receive a lot of attention but a few years later and everyone has moved onto the next “thing.” We will see.
3. It almost dismisses exercise.
Because the book has to makes its point, it downplays exercise and gives many examples of people exercising a lot and still remaining unhealthy or overweight.
If because of this you conclude you can just eat a certain way and not move your body regularly – you will miss a out on a vital element of health.
Exercise is probably the most clearly documented and proven approach to better health in the world and should never be forgotten. Read Walkin Them Blues Away.
4. It leaves vegetarians and vegans wondering what to do.
Because Wheat Belly connects weight gain, aging and a host of other problems so clearly with grains, the average North American is going to end up quitting grains and then looking for an alternative. The only other food category it mentions positively and with scientific reference are meat and other animal products.
Dr. Davis does recommend vegetables but never bothers to explain the published health benefits as he does with meat products. His recipes in the index are often with eggs and meats.
The world cannot possibly sustain its 7 billion inhabitants on a mostly meat diet.
- Already meat production creates more CO2 emissions than all the cars and traffic in the world.
- Each pound of beef requires thousands of gallons of water – a natural resource which is going to become more and more scarce in the near future.
- Meat production’s wastes also have severe environmental impacts. Read: Is Your Diet Destroying the Environment?
Our own testing -once again with Vital Health Assessment- has shown, that beef is very rarely good for a person and pork is never healthy.
What Do You Think?
What are your experiences with this book or approach? I’m interested in both sides.
Many people are getting great results with the Paleo diet and other low grain approaches.
As you can see, I have written more positive points than negative.
My own general response to this information is that I am once more reminded and inspired not to slip back into wheat consumption.
I also think Dr. Davis goes a little too far with the severe reduction of carbohydrates.
In my experience, if you do eliminate wheat, other whole grains eaten in moderation can be healthy. Grains are seeds and all seeds are very powerful. You just have to know when and how to eat them.
Learn To Live and Cook Wheat Free:
Many people learn about health principles or buy books but don’t apply them. They don’t follow through because they don’t have the confidence and skills.
That is why we created our Healthy-At-Home Cooking Classes. People get nutritional knowledge but also get live web classes where they learn how to apply that knowledge.
The next cooking class will focus on weight management through acid/alkaline balance, food combining and gluten free eating. Check it out at Healthy Weight Loss Cooking Class
Wheat and Gluten Free Recipes:
Buckwheat and Sunflower Seeds: This is simple and fast and delicious.
Pear Upside Down Cake: vegan and gluten free.
Deluxe Quinoa Pudding You can even cook this on the top of your stove in a pot!