I read William Davis’s “Wheat Belly” a few months back, and though I’ve all ready been avoiding processed wheat for a few years, it was good to learn some additional information so that I could present nutrition knowledge via another verbal variation. Part of the book talks about how much different the wheat of today is, from what it used to be like a hundred, or a thousand years ago. A thousand years ago there were two types of wheat, a hundred years ago there were a few more, and after world war two, with the advent of mass pesticide use and hybridization, there were hundreds of strains, and since then there has been more and more dilution of what wheat originally used to grow, look, and taste like.
When I finish reading any health book, my next step is always to look to a few reputable resources (or as reputable as can be found on the subject) that criticize or scientifically disagree with what was written, and there wasn’t a lack of information for that. After reading a few criticisms I found most of the disagreement came from the opinion some of Davis’s research was hand picked to fit his theory, and other research was ignored that didn’t fit the theory, but overall I think what he was saying is true for the most part, even if it wasn’t empirical fact for everyone.
Common sense tells you too much of anything isn’t healthy (besides organic vegetables of course) and when you start to read food labels you soon come to find that most everything you consume of the processed variety has a base ingredient of wheat, corn, or soy in some form, accompanied by its best friend (and your health’s worst enemy) sugar, salt and bad fats. None of those foods by themselves could really be considered healthy, yet sadly they make up the majority of most Americans diets, simply because they taste good, are addicting, and most of us don’t know any better-or care to know any better.
The next time you go shopping, you might do yourself a favor and look at the ingredients for every single piece of boxed food you purchase. You’ll see that no matter if it’s cookies, crackers, bread, pasta-most anything packaged, frozen, or microwaveable; it likely shares the same colorless, lifeless, ingredients. And since you are what you wheat, it’s time to reduce it, and venture towards making your diet more complete.