(*Note - I have a lot of links to various sources in this post, but I don't like the way I have to do links here on Spark. Breaks up the flow. So if you'd like to get the videos, visit the sites, etc, I would recommend reading on my blog clone here: wheatontrial.wordpress.c
Even though the calendar tells me it’s spring, the thermometer is telling me it’s still winter.
29 degrees. Sigh.
Perhaps that’s why a Gulf Cruise specifically dedicated to the Low Carb Lifestyle sounds so appealing to me right now. www.lowcarbcruiseinfo.co
I actually found out about it while looking up more info on Wheat Belly, and it appears Dr. Davis was a speaker on the cruise last year. I watched the videos Livin La Vida Low Carb posted of his lecture, which was chock full of info I’m sure I will read more about when I finally get the book from the library (still #5 in the queue!)
If you don’t have time to watch all of the videos, you can read through the highlights posted on the LLVLC blog. If you have time for only one, I thought the third video was particularly interesting – apparently, the problem with wheat isn’t gluten, but gliadin. It’s an opiate (Hello, food addiction!).
Although Dr. Davis references the “bum advice” we’ve been given by the USDA Plate in this video, what’s lacking here is an explanation of why grains are the cornerstone of the American diet when carbs, fiber, and other vitamins can be obtained through fruits and vegetables – less calories, higher volume. What does the USDA stand to gain?
If you didn’t know, the Secretary of Agriculture is Tom Vilsack – an advocate for biotech and genetically modified food. Of course, he’s only been secretary a few years – and grains have always formed the foundation of the food pyramid – so I did a quick search to go back further:
1991: Top scientist of Monsanto (synonymous with GMO) becomes Deputy Director of FDA. Monsanto ties continue within government to this day.
1992: Food Pyramid with Grains as a Base Appears. Prior to this, guidelines for nutrition put fruits and vegetables on par with grains.
I promise that’s the end of any political brouhaha I’ll stir up. After all, grains do feature prominently on the new USDA Plate, but fruits and vegetables get a larger share.
Another point of note: Dr. Davis suggests in one of the videos that wheat raises blood sugar higher than table sugar. I was skeptical – are we talking like a loaf of wheat bread vs. a teaspoon of sugar? He doesn’t really go into quantity – but then I found this video from the Dr. Oz show (if you haven’t had enough of Dr. Davis videos just yet, I recommend watching the full Dr. Oz appearance). Dr. Oz tested the blood sugar theory in this video – two slices of bread vs. a candy bar – and found it to be plausible, with blood sugar spikes twice as high after eating wheat vs. eating the candy bar.
I’m thinking if I want to be in bikini-ready shape to go on a cruise (low-carb or not), I’ll be extra careful not to fall off my current wheat-free streak.