I recently read Wheat Belly (2011) by William Davis, M.D. This work is, quite simply, one of the most influential books I’ve read in the last two decades. (Those of you who know me best know that I am not one to jump on bandwagons, so that comment is indicative of the impact the book has made on me).
Davis uses much empirical data and references vast amounts of evidence that each of us can easily verify from our own experiences to speak to the negative impact that the version of “wheat” we all eat has had on our society.
Dr. Davis speaks to the biochemistry of wheat’s impact on the body, both physiologically and psychologically, as well as the practical evidence each of us can see in our own body (and the bodies of those we know and love). And, he provides guidance on ways we can replace wheat in our diet by offering concrete suggestions and recipes.
This book has real implications if you are interested in one or more of these outcomes:
- staying healthy into old age
- getting well
- losing weight (without having to carry a calculator or talisman)
- NOT feeling hungry all the time
- raising healthier children/grandchildren
- performing better, mentally and physically
- being able to control your eating habits (without suffering in the process)
This work, in combination with other research Moe and I have been doing over the last few years, substantiates our concerns that what we have been consuming in the way of food over the last several decades has and is compromising the health of our society in significant ways (and the evidence is mounting).
Wheat Belly is a game changer.