“Wheat Belly” is a book penned by cardiologist William Davis, MD. and published in 2014. In his book, Dr. Davis takes a hard look at our modern day wheat.
Wheat is entrenched in our society’s food supply-as it is in almost all countries around the world. There are in fact very few cultures which do not enjoy some form of wheat products. Think about it: breads, pastas, tortillas, etc. Bread is a daily staple for survival in many parts of the world. In my home country, France, bread is basically a staple for all three meals! Wheat, for many, is seen as the food of life.
Dr. Davis outlines in depth the history of this grain and its many modifications throughout the years. Basically, the wheat your grandma used to bake bread with isn’t the grain we use today. At this point, some may wonder: “what’s the big deal?”
That’s a fair question and one Doctor Davis answers in depth.
Dr. Davis surmises that we have so modified wheat that our bodies can no longer recognize it as food and digest it properly. He goes as far as to say that wheat is the source of many healthy issues which we experience in our modern society. Health issues from skin rashes, weight gain, gluten allergies, high blood sugar levels that running amok, to the unattractive stomach bulge so many experience.
On Amazon, the book has garnered over 5,200 reviews, 75 percent of them four stars or above and that is pretty impressive. Only 5 percent of the readers gave it one star.
Wheat Belly: The Critiques
As with anything, there are the detractors. I did read some of the negative reviews and some were informative.
One person makes a great point. He/she says that Dr. Davis seems to lump all wheat into the same box and does not distinguish between modern day wheat versus older forms of wheat such as Einkorn.
“No Middle Name” said:
The recommendation to eliminate wheat seemed like a sound conclusion to me, and well-supported by scientific evidence. Where I began to have difficulty with the book [and this echoes comments of a few other reviewers] was when the author began to generalize from his well-made case against modern wheat to nearly all other sources of carbohydrates including ancient wheat varieties, gluten-free carbohydrate sources, legumes & fruit. He fails to cite evidence to support the generalization and I think some of his assertions may be wrong. He even provides his own anecdotal evidence in support of what I’m saying: he reports experimenting on himself comparing the impact after consuming bread made with eikhorn [an ancient wheat variety] flour versus bread made with modern wheat flour. The differences were striking, yet he concludes with recommending a diet that would restrict consumption of both and does not justify that conclusion adequately for me.
“Speaker73” also had the same kind of complaint (as did a few others):
The discussion of the genetic changes in wheat was very interesting, but after exclusively discussing wheat the whole time, the recommended changes to diet went well beyond wheat.
Wheat Belly: Conclusion
Wheat Belly is a well-researched book which effectively shows the negative effects of modified wheat on our health. The book is well backed by science as well as with anecdotal evidence when it comes to wheat.
Some may say, that Dr. Davis goes on to make an unsubstantiated leap when he makes the claim that all grains should be avoided. At this point, some will all heartedly agree with him and avoid all grains and others will decided not to take that plunge.
Overall, it is a book which is worth the read.
> Buy the book on Amazon
> Another book by the same author and published in 2015: Wheat Belly: 10-Day Grain Detox: Reprogram Your Body for Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Health