One of the sub-chapter headings of chapter five of Wheat Belly is “WHOLE GRAINS, HALF TRUTHS.” You could have titled the chapter, “UNTRUTHS ABOUT WHOLE GRAINS” and that would have been much more accurate. The book abandons all pretense of actually responding to the scientific literature and just makes up stories. Once again, it leads with the unsurprising fact that Americans are fat, which is not a news flash. But the book is responsible to explain, using the available scient
In the fourth chapter, the book continues its habit of constant conjunction of wheat with dangerous things and obesity. Wheat is “like drinking the Kool-Aid at a Jim Jones revival meeting.” Wheat has a hold on people “not unlike the hold heroin has over a desperate addict.” Wheat is the “Haight-Ashbury of foods, unparalleled for its potential to generate entirely unique effects on the brain and nervous system. There is no doubt: For some people, wheat is addictive.” Addiction
The third chapter of Wheat Belly spends more time on the negative health effects of wheat, but again, the focus is almost entirely on celiac disease. The crux of the book’s argument against wheat is its high glycemic index. Glycemic index is a calculated figure used to determine how much a person’s blood sugar will be affected by eating a given food. But wheat doesn’t cause diabetes or chronically high blood sugars even though its glycemic index is high as we will see. As Dr.
Over and over my patients ask me about the health benefits of coconut oil. I’ve got to tell you, it’s like asking me the health benefits of smoking ten packs a day of Camels, I can’t think of any. When you leave bacon grease out after using it, it congeals into a greasy, flecked whitish-yellow muck that is solid at seventy degrees. This means it’s a saturated fat. Here’s the thing, coconut oil is actually worse for you than bacon grease (and no, bacon grease isn’t good for yo
The second chapter of Wheat Belly talks about the changes in wheat over the years and how common the grain is in the American diet. The book tries to build a case that Americans consume too much wheat by measuring the length of grocery store aisles and listing the names of foods that contain wheat. I could do the same for cheese, but it would tell you nothing about whether cheese is a healthy food or not. The book then claims, “It is, by a long stretch, among the most consume