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Gluten Good or Bad?

Updated on August 19, 2013

Do you have a Wheat Belly?

After eating my typically 4th of July grilled meat smorgasbord with fruit, and the over abundance of carb high dishes. I want to write a post about a book that I have been reading. The book is called, "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD. Dr. Davis is a cardiologist in Milwaukee that has been prescribing a gluten free diet for his patients for years.

The book proceeds to go into the history of wheat and how the our need to increase crop yield lead to the genetic alteration and need to crave more and more wheat. If you were to two slices of whole wheat bread your blood sugar would raise higher than if you were to eat 2 tablespoons of sugar.

That alone got my attention.

The book goes on to explain how the obesity epidemic in this country is not based on sugary drinks and potato chips. The tire around everyones' middle section is because of the overconsumption of wheat ie --> Gluten

When Gluten Issues Hit Home You'd Better Make A Change

I have had my share of instances where I have been in search of a large bush on my longer runs. This got me to read more and more about the effects of diet for runners. I went on and off carbs and gluten for 2 years. Reading this book has helped to reconstitute all the reason why I can stem my running aches and pains to after I ate a wheat packed meal.

A family friend of ours, a couple of years ago, after her son had been diagnosed with celiacs disease. Decided that the whole family would go off gluten with there 7 year old son. I got to see first hand the power of dropping gluten out of your diet had. Her husband and her would often go running with us I was amazed how their chronic aches and pains just disappear after they removed gluten. She said the hardest part was giving up her deserts. After about a month of no gluten she found a gluten free desert cookbook and order it online. She bought one and gave my wife a copy about a year ago.

Besides the really bad deserts at family picnic this year I asked my wife if she could make several gluten free deserts this year due to the fact that I have been reading this book for the better part of a week. She did so and wouldn't you know it the first deserts gone were the gluten free ones. They all were really good. We didn't specify that they were a healthy alternative. Wish we would have. I could have had some for later :-).

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    • Judy Filarecki profile image

      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I've followed Dr Davis' recommendations for a year and am in the best health I have ever been in, and it is measurable. My doctors are amazed and some are even starting to believe. I'll never go back to wheat again and rejoice in that decision.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. We found out last year that one of a family member is gluten intolerant - so this lens is helpful.

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I'm trying to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet due to endometriosis. Nice to see people writing about the topic of gluten free.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great lens! Sundae ;-)