This is yet another New York bestseller, that was yet again an eye opener to me. I wrote before that I had a lot of gut problems since childhood and that later I found out that it all was because of the wheat (tarwe – Ned., kviečiai – Lt.). Well this book showed me much more what wheat does to our bodies. William Davis had done an excellent work of gathering the data and reasearch and all the knowledge he gained from his practice as MD. On the other hand I have found his writing style and the way he leads you to his main shattering points was a bit funny, I kept till he starts with the real facts instead of prolonged historical retoric about how wheat came to be what it is now and found the first chapter a bit too long, but that‘s just my 2 cents.
The author starts his book about the creation of wheat and how it has turned into totally something else than it originally was before. It was hybridisized into small dwarf with heavier heads and bigger easy to obtain grains for mass production and turned into this wonderfull substance that can be used to bind your soup or as this light crossaint or bread that you would eat for breakfast. It can be turned into anything you want. It is now literally everywhere too. I already wrote that sugar is very bad for you, but wheat turns out to be even worse, because it raises your blood sugar evels way more than sugar and it‘s a pure carbohydrate, what means that its in general an empty calorie. From my experience I‘d rather have a small amount of sugar as lesser evil than wheat/gluten/grain.
William Davis has gathered research and elaborates in his seconds chapter various deseases that wheat causes or/and is connected to, the list is quite extensive. Wheat is addictive first of all, it makes you want to eat more and still feel hungry afterwords, it gives only a short satisfaction and spike of energy to leave you empy afterwars. Its not all about gluten, but also other substances wheat has that are potentially harmfull to human body. Even the substances that are used to kick off of cocaine or heroin work on wheat addiction the same way in our brain. Furthermore, its closely tied to obesity, it causes celiag desease, irritable bowel syndrome and other intestine and gut problems (which I experienced personally and am very happy to report that since I‘m gluten and grain free I have no problems whatsoever). It is connected to liver desease, autoimmune deseases. Wheat has direct link to diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, it disrupts your body PH, causes cataracts, wrinkles, accelerates aging process and makes bone brake easier, makes your joints hurt or be swollen, gives Dowager‘s humps and various excema or general rashes and pimples. It is also one of the reasons you can get a heart desease, your cholesterol levels are high and quantities of small LDL particles are higher and it even affects our brain by passing through all it‘s protective barriers and influencing how we function. As you can see it sounds like its the worst you can put into your body. You might say that you are perfectly healthy eating whole grain and never had such problems in your life, but you can‘t really know if you don‘t eliminate wheat for one month to really see the difference, then again why would you? But even if it is a whole grain bread it is still a grain, whole or split.
The author is not one of those people who find some bad ingredient in our diet and sais to only eliminate it though. We hear a lot of things nowadays, like its the carbs, oh no its the meat, or no its the sugar, or no its processed food, and I think they all have good arguments, but William Davis does agree on that if you don‘t eliminate other bad stuff like sugar, dye, additives and other grains you still might end up on the less healthy part in the end (think of e-numbers and MSG, Aspartame and etc). He also provides in his 3rd chapter how to give up wheat, gives a lot of examples even from the baker, who‘s work is actually has everything to do with wheat. He includes some awesome recepies and daily tips. Recently he even published a cookbook where he has such great recepies as bread, pizza, cake and muffins. I think this book literally influenced 30% of American population to dump glutens and start a gluten free life, which is a lot! What dumping wheat or gluten and grain gave to those people? Weight loss in first few months, alleviation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, recovery from intestinal woes, like ulcerative colitis and celiac disease, marked improvement in bone density, reversal of osteopenia, cessation of skin conditions to oral ulcers and hair loss, reduction of inflamation and rheumatoid arthritis pain, ditching the many pills that doctors so easily prescribe and many more benefits. The author even dares you to try wheat free life for a month, cause you don‘t really have what to loose and who knows maybe a lot to gain :)
Again this is another brief review of this great book and to understand it all in more depth you would have to read it. For those who know me personally, I‘m happy to lend it to you if you‘re intersted :P it should be really a food for thought book for all of us.