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Book Review: Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Cookbook

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health has been causing a storm in the foodie world for a little while now, and it’s not quietening down anytime soon.

We have been having a read of the groundbreaking book recently, and we’re pretty shocked by the facts Davis has unearthed!

Over 200 million Americans (sorry, the book doesn’t state how many of us UK people!) consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative 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 people eat for lunch.

Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist and says he’s a seeker-of-truth in health. His book goes against the grain, literally, by claiming that “healthy whole grains” are in fact destructive genetic monsters!

Davis discovered the destructive qualities of wheat when he asked patients to remove all wheat products from their diet based on the simple fact that, with few exceptions, foods made of wheat flour raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods.

As a result, Dr. William Davis found:

  • people returned several months later and did indeed show lower blood sugars, often sufficient for pre-diabetics to be non-prediabetics
  • weight loss of 25 to 30 lbs over several months
  • marked improvement or total relief from arthritis
  • improvement in asthma sufficient to chuck 2 or 3 inhalers
  • complete relief from acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
  • disappearance of leg swelling and numbness
  • increased mental clarity, deeper sleep, and more stable moods and emotions

Dr. William Davis doesn’t just advocate a gluten free diet for people with celiac disease, he thinks it could help many more people, all because of the other destructive health effects of wheat consumption.

Wheat Belly provides a really interesting take on why a gluten free diet might benefit many more people than those who are celiac or gluten intolerant – which of course is good for us gluten-avoiders, because it can only mean greater choice and the improvement of gluten free foods. It will also inevitably help to bring down the price of free from products, which we can’t wait to see.


The Wheat Belly Cookbook:

In addition, Dr. William Davis has published the Wheat Belly Cookbook, to help out those who have decided to give wheat-avoiding a try. The book is jam-packed full of recipes that are great for celiacs and gluten intolerant folk, there are 150 delicious wheat-free recipes for effortless weight loss and optimum health.

Crammed with recipes for any time of day from easy breakfasts such as Grainless Granola, soups, salads and main courses to tempt your tastebuds and delicious wheat-free baking and desserts to satisfy the most discerning palate, the recipes in this book will help you shed the pounds and boost your vitality. We’ve tried out a few of the recipes already and they’re simple, easy to follow and so tasty – no rabbit food here, folks!


Reviews of Wheat Belly:

‘Fascinating, compelling, and more than a little entertaining, Wheat Belly may be the most important health book of the year.’
Dana Carpender, author of 500 Low-Carb Recipes

‘Comprehensive, readable and witty… Take [Dr Davis’] advice to lose wheat from your diet and you’ll likely be paid back many times over in the form of a slimmer, healthier body and a better functioning brain.’
Dr. John Briffa BSc MB BS nutritional physician and author of Waist Disposal

What do you think? Do you agree with Davis’s claims that wheat should be avoided at all costs? Have a look at the Wheat Belly book and make your mind up!

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