First a short story about how I came to be in possession of the book . . . my mother in law mailed it to me for my Birthday. I'd never heard of it before, all I saw was "Wheat BELLY, Loose the Weight!!" haha
I had a mild freak out (seriously my mother in law just bought me a weight loss book for my birthday), I then remembered that My Mother in Law definitely doesn't think I'm fat (quite the opposite in fact, she always says I'm too skinny) so I started reading it!! And I'm glad I did!!! It just proves Mothers Know Best!
Half of the book I loved and couldn't put it down and the other half of the book ? ? ? just seemed like a re-packaged Atkins Diet!
The first part of the book spoke about what humans have done to wheat. We have genetically modified it so badly that we've basically ruined it! When I think of wheat I think of 4 foot tall fields of amber colored plants, but currently Wheat has been genetically modified to be much smaller, around 2 feet, and now produces more wheat from a smaller plant. Which sounds great . . . but . . . these new smaller plants only share about 95% of the same genetic makeup as ancient wheat!!! (to put that another way . . . humans and Monkeys share roughly about the same percentage of DNA as these two forms of wheat).
Furthermore, these new hybrids are unable to live in natural conditions and require large amounts of pesticides and chemicals in order to live.
Then the book segways into how wheat affects us . . . Wheat raises your blood sugar more than any other carbohydrate (even more than a candy bar). Dr. Davis Lists off a number of medical disorders and diseases and just plain ailments that can be the result of wheat consumption (number 1 being obesity).
Dr. Davis provides TONS of hard evidence to prove his theories (which really aren't theories because the evidence is very undeniable), but this is where the book looses me.
At this point in the book he moves into diet recommendations . . . most of which seem . . . well. . . . a bit EXTREME. I agree, we (as a society) shouldn't be eating so many wheat products, but then Davis goes on to recommend cutting out all Carbs everything even starchy vegetables like potatoes and Legumes. That seems extreme and un-necessary to me, and the evidence he uses to support this theory is shaky and definitely NOT as concrete as the evidence he used earlier in the book.
Also . . . . Artificial Sweetener goes against everything I believe in . . . you know things like Taste Buds and nature etc . . .
Lastly the book goes into a full blown weight loss program I totally skipped this part, I think that's what my Mother in Law would have wanted! :)
So there's my review. . . The first part of the book was AMAZING! And definitely still worth buying the book for.
On a side note: Does anyone else suffer from FOOD GUILT stemming from all the books and documentaries out there. Thanks to Food Inc. and Forks over Knives (an amazing Documentary by the way, one I might even say changed our lives) I feel awful about eating meat. And now thanks to Wheat Belly I feel bad about eating wheat! I'm glad people are shedding some much need light on these issues but I'm HUNGRY darn it! haha I'm headed to the bookstore to buy a Vegan Cookbook this week!!! Wish me luck!