I have been reading from a book called Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. He says the culprit is wheat. He says the wheat we eat now is not the same as wheat that people ate as little as one hundred years ago. In fact the shift accelerated around 1950 and since through hybridization and gene manipulation it has been changed in many ways to make it resistant to weeds, insects, fungus, herbicides and have shortened it to make it easier to harvest. It has also been changed internally to make it more palatable to us and make it easier for the food industry to work with it. Who knows what unforeseen other changes were inadvertently made and what their consequences will be. He does believe that to at least some of us it can be addictive and there will be withdrawal symptoms if we quit eating it.
The fattening of America started in 1985 when the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute through it’s National Cholesterol Education Program gave it’s advice to cut fats and cholesterol from our diet and to replace the calories with whole grains. The expansion of our midsections parallels perfectly the proliferation of wheat products in our diets. The same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) started tracking body weight statistics documenting the increase in obesity and diabetes that started that year.
Something to think about. The book is available on Amazon along with reviews and a book excerpt you can read. Please let me know what you think.
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