New book that everyone might be interested in reading:
Read review of book here: http://holdthetoast.com/content/review-wheat-belly-dr-william-davis
Overview from Amazon: 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.
Notes on some of Dr. Davis's interviews:
"Whole wheat products raise blood glucose higher than almost all other foods. Because of this Dr. Davis simply hit on this as the ONE thing his patients should eliminate - voila, lower bg, lower bp, less asthma, less allergies, less edema, lost visceral fat.
Celiac vs. non-celiac: Celiac is an immune response to the gluten proteins in wheat. Celiac has doubled over the last 20 years. Celiac causes desruction of the bowel. He thinks it is the wheat that has changed - the genetic engineering appears to have increase the protein loads of modern wheat. As what was genetically engineered there have never been any studies to PROVE that it is safe.
In the olden days celiac manifested as underweight and wasting. Today it manifests as overweight and edema. He thinks that the engineering of the plant is the cause.
Gliadin protein in wheat converts to a morphine like compound which causes appetite stimulation. He thinks this is the source of our 400 extra calories a day modern people are eating. He thinks that wheat is engineered to be addictive because food industry makes more money. He thinks wheat has been added to MANY foods in order to MAKE them addictive.
It is well documented that wheat effects people with brain disorders badly.
Gliadin can also spark an autoimmune disorder.
There is new information that wheat may block leptin, cause high leptin and leptin resistance. "
From Superhuman Radio:
"Medical education is under the control of big business which makes BIG $ from making grains and other cheap products our primary food. Furthermore, this food is the VERY thing that makes people expensively ill, profitably sick (I made these terms up!). Diet is DIY and doesn't have much money to be made off people who try to change their diets for the better, so there is not a whole lot of support for promoting this.
In the 1950's the USDA was trying to grow high yield foods - wheat and soy. This was probably with good intent. However, this has evolved into creating a wheat plant that could grow fast to feed many - and it did initially.
Today, wheat is modified by forcing a hormetic response which results in a wheat plant that is resistant to pests. It is just ASSUMED that this is okay for human consumption. No one is questioning or testing this new "food".
Dr. Davis is gluten intolerant. He made bread with "heirloom" wheat - blood sugar went 84-110. Made bread with modern wheat and his bs went from 84-167, cramps, gi distress. Ancient grains aren't ideal, but are much more beniign than modern wheat. "
Yes, I did take notes during these podcasts because I have MAJOR NERD problems.
is it real? absolutely. I cut wheat and saw my wheat belly melt away. 10cm drop in waist line. I also cut the bloating and indigestion. I have always eaten pretty healthy and been active, but that layer of midsection fat would not go away,but when the wheat went it went. N=1. Wheat is evil.
"Bread" those little slices of death - how I loathe them. (play on the Edgar Poe "sleep" quote)
100% real - I am living proof. No wheat, lost weight, IBS disappeared, my son's asthma & eczema got better and a host of other positive things.
I'd totally believe "wheat belly" is real. The lack of bloat is the first thing I notice when I stop eating it. The thing that really did me in was "wheat brain" though. Being rendered unable to concentrate well enough to drive to work because I ate a scone or toast just got to be too much.
I went GF a couple years ago and I can't say I noticed much change in my belly. It did help with brainfog and fatigue but not entirely. I was still eating a lot of sugar... Since going paleo in February though, I really lost a lot of abdominal volume (including visceral fat). So wheat may be part of it but probably not the whole story.
My belly was fat - visceral and external. Now only a little external fat remains.
Yes, bloating and gas. I never realized how little gas I make until I gave up gluten.
GF for 8 years and I don't remember how long it took but most of my big health changes occurred in the first 18 months.
Was GF for 6 years but my belly flattened much more when I went grain free 2 yrs ago.
Sugar cravings gone since giving up all grains.
Yes, I do believe wheat belly is very real. Some people will find that they have to be careful of tiny amounts of gluten or symptoms may return. I get bloated if I get the slightest amount of cross contamination.
Interview with Robb Wolf was excellent.
I believe it. I am living it. It is so wonderful to be able to put a pair of jeans on and they fit ALL day long...I am not unbuttoning them half way through the day because of bloating. Also am off all meds...BP, athsma,allergy, gerd,... Just feeling awesome.
Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic
There's simply no way that this is the case. Wheat, especially modern varieties, will definitely damage your health in many ways and should absolutely be avoided like the plague, but its effect on adiposity probably doesn't extend much beyond the reach of its carbohydrate intake. The fact that we pulverize and reconstitute it makes its digestion quite rapid, compared to, say, an amount of sweet potato with an equivalent carbohydrate content. There is also far less bulk/fiber in that amount of wheat, so satiety is decreased, but what's most important ultimately is the insulin AUC, which is going to be the same between the two. It may not be ideal to have BG spike so high because it could glycate proteins (less than fructose of course, but still) for a short space of time, which may have, for example, neuropathic side effects over one's lifetime, but I don't think wheat could ever approach fructose's lipogenic potential.
I can absolutely increase or decrease fat mass by placing sweet potatoes in my diet at different amounts and times of the day. I think a much bigger concern with wheat is the many autoimmune disorders it likely causes (IDDM, Hashimoto's, Crohn's etc.) and the probable decrease in intestinal absorption of nutrients.
That all being said, one could become fatter as a result of eating enough wheat in certain ways and the concomitant bloating could exaggerate this effect and create the phenomenon he's talking about, but I have strong doubts that it could ever contribute all that much to the obesity epidemic.
For those of you who lost a wheat belly:
An idiot at our company picnic handed me a deviled egg yesterday, then told me AFTER I'd eaten it that the filling was too "runny" when he was making them, so he thickened it - with white flour. I spent last night with aching hands and wicked abdominal pains. From one lousy egg half.
Wheat belly? Oh, yeah. Wheat arthritis, too.