This is the very first "Shortcut Summaries" book I have ever read. I was impressed by how thorough and informative this summary of "Wheat Belly" was. Like most Americans, I have been taught that wheat, especially whole wheat, is one of the healthiest foods to consume. This summary really opened my eyes. I know so many people who have been diagnosed with a whole host of health problems due to being intolerant of wheat gluten, but I had no idea why. As the book explains,the wheat that we now eat is not the same kind that humans and animals have consumed for thousands of years. Wheat has been genetically modified, starting in the 1950's, to make it more resistant to insects, fungi and other profit draining occurrences. At that time, nobody thought to research and test the effects of this modified wheat on the bodies of humans or animals. Apparently, many people are now paying the price for this with failing health. Weight gain, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, intestinal diseases, allergies, neurological problems, heart disease, arthritis, skin problems, etc. can many times be traced back to sensitivity to this modified wheat. The book states "Wheat is so harmful because of it's effects on blood sugar" and "two slices of whole wheat bread is the same, in terms of increased blood sugar, as drinking a can of sugary soda". "In numerous studies, patients dropped amazing amounts of weight on a wheat free diet". I found it very interesting that many people trying to avoid wheat will purchase "Gluten-free" foods which are also typically unhealthy due to high glycemic additives and they are junk foods. Sounds like an advertising gimmick to sell junk food, if you ask me. Also, the book claims that wheat shows the very same addictive properties as illicit drugs, including cravings and withdrawal! I know many people who are addicted to "carbs", specifically bread products made with wheat, so this makes sense to me now. The author of the book, Dr. Davis, explains how to eliminate wheat and other carbs from your diet and what foods to replace them with. When you eliminate wheat and other unhealthy carbs from your diet, you can expect withdrawal symptoms and if you ingest them again after your body has adjusted, you can experience some negative reactions. Wheat is an ingredient in so many of the packaged food products that we buy and consume, it can be very difficult to avoid completely, but not impossible.
The summary of this book was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea that our wheat was genetically altered but I can't say that I am surprised.
After reading this summary,I most definitely will buy the Wheat Belly cookbook by Dr. William Davis and give it a try.