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Book Review: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2011: Paragraphs added (see below).
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, M.D., is an eye-opening and provocative book. Davis examines the history of modern wheat, and the health problems associated with its consumption.

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Dr. Davis describes the evolutionary path from ancient wheat to the human-engineered varieties found in modern products. The bad news is that humans have engaged in genetic engineering of wheat over the last fifty years, much of it done without concern for potential human health impact.

When seeking a likely cause of the recent rise of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems, it seems reasonable to look at what's changed in the typical American diet.

Wheat has come to dominate the typical American meal. Official health guidelines and other authorities tell us to put "healthy grains" at the bottom of the food pyramid, and many if not most people have. A trip through the typical supermarket shows us just how much the American diet is dominated by wheat-based products. Pasta, cereals, breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, snacks... the list seems endless. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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