Can too much wheat really make you fat?
Stephanie Graham, Courtny Gerrish
Courtny Gerrish reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - '100% whole grain"... 'All-Natural'...
Both popular catch phrases at your local grocer. But Milwaukee cardiologist William Davis says don't believe what you read!
"Because what you're being sold, I think is not wheat. It's is a short, 2 foot dwarf strain that's the concoction of genetics research," he explains.
In his new book 'Wheat Belly', Dr. Davis describes why eating wheat will make you consume more calories.
"It stimulates your appetite and causes inflammatory changes, and a multitude of other health effects that no one tells you about," Dr. Davis says.
One of those health effects--diabetes. In fact, Dr. Davis says eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar. It's actually the same as eating 2 tablespoons of sugar!
Grocery store shopper Vontina Brown is surprised. She exclaims, "There's a lot of sugar in wheat? I would have never thought that!"
Vontina admits she loves bread, but she's not surprised by the extra additives in today's food products.
"I used to work in a plant that made ketchups, jelly--there's a lot of stuff in there that you would have no clue that's in there," she admits.
So--how do you avoid a 'wheat belly'?
"Cut it out completely. How? You eat real food--meat, vegetables, nuts. Olives, olive oil, meat, poultry," Dr. Davis says.
Davis knows he has his critics, but he's seen it work with his own patients. "Get people off multiple meds, have relief from multiple conditions, and we're doing this with a simple shift in diet, not doing it with more drugs."
Dr. Davis warns some people do experience a few days of withdrawal after going off wheat, until their bodies adjust to the change.
Here's a link to the "wheat belly" blog.