Recently I got my hands on a copy of Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. After hearing all kinds of reviews about the book I thought it was time to see what was so special about another take on the dangers of wheat. For years I’ve been an activist on the low-grain/wheat/gluten type of eating. Wheat products always come in processed form: breads, wraps, cookies, pastries, crackers, cereal, etc.—all of which increase the fat storage hormone insulin. Wheat and gluten also cause a very large inflammatory response that wreaks havoc on your digestive system, causing a series of stress-related side effects that lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides…to name a few. This is all covered in the book. William Davis’ tagline from the book is, “This is not the same grain your parents ate”. He covers the genetic alterations of the grain over the years to unveil how today’s wheat is unlike any wheat that we used to eat in the past; how it’s much more dangerous and less nutritious than we think. He also gives you plenty of guidance as to how to reduce and remove wheat from your day-to-day life with tasty recipes and even a wheat-free one-week eating plan! I highly recommend picking this book up if you are interested in improving your health and waistline. It would also make a great gift for the health and fitness folk on your Christmas shopping lists. Related reading: Wheat Belly blog Maclean’s interview with William Davis “On the Evils of Wheat” Jade McClure is Precision Athletics’ Holistic Nutritionist, Lifestyle Coach and Fitness Trainer.
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