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Wheat belly? How can you know what is true?

Monday, January 07, 2013

So today on the morning news show, they were talking about the Doctor who wrote the wheat belly diet. He was saying that wheat was genetically altered over time and isn't nutritious anymore. He was advocating giving up all wheat and gluten products. One of the newscasters questioned him about perhaps there should be moderation and not complete elimination. He argued that it had to be complete because he has seen it work and help people get rid of bellies, health problems etc.

Well what about all the other foods that are allowed. I would think a lot of vegetables, nuts, and fruit have been modified, sprayed with chemicals, etc. and what about the meat? Aren't livestock eating more genetically modified corn, oats, hay, etc? I have to agree with the newscaster that moderation is the key.

As a long term dieter, it hasn't worked for me or other dieters i know to completely give up a food group long term. There are always social situations that come up where it isn't practical to eat so strictly. I am not going to bring my own special food to a wedding, picnic, after work party, business conference, etc. perhaps limiting wheat and gluten products might be wise, be total elimination is not practical.

That is why i love It isn't a diet. It is really a principle that you need to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight. And the guidelines for protein, fat, carbs and fiber help me choose the foods that allow me to steadily lose weight without feeling hungry all the time!
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    I've done a pretty good bit of research into what I think of as the "wheat question," and would like to add one thing to this discussion: There is NO GMO wheat in the food stream. They are testing it, but as of now, wheat is not genetically modified.

    What Dr. Davis (I think that's his name) talks about is hybridized wheat. The difference is pretty significant. To genetically modify something, you'd need to be a scientist and have a lab. Gardeners have been hybridizing plants forever. If it weren't for hybridizing, we wouldn't have the modern, wonderful, delicious apple. Or corn. Or all sorts of other foods.

    All that said, I eliminated wheat for 30 days, just to see what would happen. And it made a difference. I lost four pounds (which is a big deal, I'm a very slow loser) and a full size (must have been some bloating going on).

    It makes sense to experiment and see what works for YOU. As lots of others have said, we are each individuals, so no one thing will work for everyone the same. To me, it's entirely worth fiddling around and trying different things nutritionally to see what feels best.
    1929 days ago
    Like a lot of commenters have already said, any book diet needs to be taken with a grain of salt - the autors tend to have an agenda, be it selling subscriptions to their weight loss plan or whatever.

    However, having read Wheat Belly and being someone with a string of allergies, I think that if you believe removing something from your diet will make you feel better by all means try it out! And only by eliminating something completely from your diet, then slowly reintroducing it so you can gauge your physical reactions to it is a good way to find out exactly which food is causing your problems, if you have any.

    But I am not going on a low carb diet, especially when all the author's recipes in the book called for the use of artificial sweeteners (something I know my body cannot handle).
    1929 days ago
  • SARAL72
    I did read that book on my kinddle a few months ago because a friend was trying this diet and felt much better, she has multiple health issues, and apparently she felt better without wheat, even if she doesn't have celiac.
    Eating mostly organic, I do believe that genetically modified food is different in taste, and might not be so good for people.
    But it might take a while before science gives us proofs for those assumptions. And organic doesn't erase all chemicals and it's risks anyway, since it's in the water, and all main streams are connected...

    Since I started my diet in August, I did notice that my IBS is almost gone, I only had two bad episodes in six months, when before it was two per week. So I do think that reducing my wheat eating could be a reason, but the body is so complex, who knows...losing more than 10% of my weight could have been the trigger, eating more veggies and less cheese could also be the reason, hard to know....
    1930 days ago
    Take the information in the book with a grain of salt. What he is saying about the "genetic engineering" of the wheat is absolutely true. I have seen the changes in wheat in the past 30 years visually! It is much shorter and more full of grain than it used to be. (My grandfather is a wheat farmer).

    But you have to remember that researchers can make their results mean anything they want them to. In Wheat Belly he talks a lot about the longer life spans of people in the Palaeolithic era and that is a load of bull! People are living much longer now than they ever have. (Although with the obesity epidemic that is sure to change).

    I have gone gluten free because of the book, but I have not gone low carb like he recommends. I personally do not feel well on a low carb diet. I do notice that after I have something with wheat in it I am much "snackier" than usual.

    Remember to use common sense while reading these diet books. There may be pieces of good advice in all of the books but the authors have put a lot of personal opinions in.

    1930 days ago
    I don't do book diets, personally. Well, I've been on a LOT of them in the past but the only thing I lost long term with them was the money I spent on the books.

    Broad brush statements about things like wheat bug me. Same claims were made about fat and carbs and meat and eggs and sugar and what time of day to eat fruit... hmm... there will likely be another book in a few years about something else. Always is.

    Moderation and variety are probably better. If you have celiac, well that is different but the vast majority of folks don't.

    I like my pizza and pasta. Don't plan on giving it up - just being mindful of the portions I eat.

    Make it a great day!
    1930 days ago
    emoticon It's all about balance. It is a good idea to stay away from something you can't tolerate, but we all have unique needs. SP has taught me that. Great observation!
    1931 days ago
    I fail right away as soon as you tell me I can't have particular foods or food groups. If you quit eating everything you're told is bad for you, you wouldn't be eating at all. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I guess you eliminate the health triggers for you and use moderation for the rest.

    Stay Strong!

    1931 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I agree with you, this is just another fad like low fat, low carb, cabbage diet and so on. I believe in a balanced diet unless you are dealing with health issues that restrict you from eating certain foods. When will we ever learn!
    1931 days ago
    What works for one person won't work for another.

    Much of the food system is genetically modified, but has no labeling on them, no government forced labeling required. Some of the problem is that we keep cross breeding things faster than humans are modifying their systems.
    1931 days ago
    Agree with everyone that wheat should be avoided for those with celiac disease, but this doctor was saying everyone should avoid wheat and gluten.

    1931 days ago
    Since going to nutrition school, I have learned a lot about the possible sensitivities of people to wheat and gluten and they are definitely rising. I have also learned about bioindividuality, where every person is different and what is one person's food, is another person's poison. If wheat works for you, then great! That's why there are so many different diets out there - because there are so many different people. Great job for doing what works for you! :)
    1931 days ago
    We have a bakery here in Ottawa that bakes wheat bread from scratch without all the fact, the wheat they use, they grow themselves or through a friends farm I is very pure......Yet really, after eating it for 1 year, the differences are minimal......and bread is the biggest source of wheat that I eat......

    Who knows? I agree with NANCYPAT1 -- I believe it is for a very small percentage of the population whom have a gluten intolerence
    1931 days ago
    I KNOW of people for whom it works - unfortunately there are only about 3% or some SMALL number of people in the populations who HAVE Celiac disease or some form of GLUTEN intolerance. It would be a lot like saying NOBODY could eat strawberries because SOME are allergic to them. I agree with you. I think HEALTHY, BALANCED eating of NORMAL wholesome foods is more sensible - UNLESS you are allergic or have food sensitivities.
    1931 days ago
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