I think this thread properly belongs here in Cafe Society. If not, sorry.
So I read this book, ‘‘Wheat Belly.’’ In it, the author, who is a cardiologist, blames wheat for just about every ailment from obesity to autism to arthritis. The idea, I guess, is that the hybridized dwarf wheat we eat today is nothing like the emmer wheat of our ancestors, and has never been tested for the safety of human consumption. Wheat products (even the whole grain kind) apparently also spike the blood sugar like whoa. Supposedly wheat is responsible for the accumulation of visceral, or belly fat.
There is some interesting science here, but I feel like this guy is completely credulous. He plays fast and lose with the data and it’s hard to tell sometimes whether he is stating fact or opinion. He also too readily dismisses other factors, speaking of the ‘‘miraculous transformation’’ of his clients who cut wheat from their diets, but kind of ignoring the fact that wheat products are generally processed and sugary and calorie-dense. It seems evident to me that if you stop eating doughnuts, pizza and bagels, you’ll lose weight, but not necessarily because of the wheat per se.
That said, I’ve decided to cut wheat from my diet for a month just to see what happens. I used to have severe IBS which seems to have increased along with my recent increase of wheat consumption. I have been biopsied for celiac but tested negative, but according to this guy, you can test negative for celiac and still have a wheat sensitivity. I also have a lot of joint inflammation which is also supposedly caused by wheat. So far it has just been a few days and I’m having what I presume to be significant withdrawal symptoms because I have been tired as all hell, barely keeping my eyes open all day tired. Today is the first day I’ve woken up without immense fatigue.
Anyway, what do you all think? Has anyone here tried cutting out wheat with significant results? Is anyone else skeptical of the science here? Just interested in some feedback on this idea.