Monday, February 06, 2012
At first glance this book appears to be another fad diet book and that is unfortunate. The book is much more than your average diet book. The title does grab your attention, and perhaps there will be many who will read it just because of the title.
This is the book that I wish had been available when I was researching the gluten-free diet. I wanted something that explained why eating wheat was making me sick. I had read other good, general overviews about being gluten free, but I wanted the science. Dr. William Davis takes the time to explain in an easy to read way how and why wheat is so bad. There may be skeptics who believe that avoiding "healthy" whole grains is dangerous. But there is now enough evidence to show, at least for some people, that wheat is indeed not healthy at all. He delves into the chemical makeup of wheat and how it acts on the body in a way that doesn't overwhelm you. He explains how wheat has been changed over time to increase yields without consideration of whether it is safe. He provides some words of caution about how to structure a gluten free diet so that it provides proper nutrients. Finally, he has some simple recipes.
I really liked this book. If I had read this book 2 years ago, I would not have been as hesitant to go on a gluten free diet. If you read this book and try a 30 day gluten free challenge, it may change your life.
There were a few things that William Davis mentions in his book but doesn't really explore. The first is that more women than men appear to be affected by celiac disease and gluten intolerance. I have always wondered why. He also can't explain why some people have no problem with wheat. They maintain a healthy, slim figure and can eat wheat with no reactions. It is not a negative against Dr. Davis, but I think there is plenty of room for additional research.
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