Last week I had a patient bring in for me an article from Maclean’s Magazine. It was entitled, “On the evils of wheat, why it is so addictive, and how shunning it will make you skinny”. In two pages, the cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, explained clearly and concisely why wheat is harmful to your health and went as far as saying that it should carry a surgeon general’s warning.
I couldn’t agree more.
Each day I will work with people who would benefit from eliminating wheat and if you have seen a naturopathic doctor in the past, it is likely they too have recommended avoiding wheat containing products.
So what’s so harmful about wheat? And why does it get banned from all naturopathic diets? Wheat is one food that I believe should be universally removed from our diets. Even for healthy, non symptomatic people, wheat will have a damaging effect – and Dr. Davis describes “the how” perfectly.
In a previous post about wheat consumption and tennis star Novak Djokovic, I discussed the ways in which wheat affects our physiology. If you need a refresher on how exactly wheat is affecting our bodies, this post is a good start.
With all the excellent wheat free alternatives that now are available to us, there is no reason why we can’t keep wheat consumption to a bare minimum. One of my favourite wheat free breads is made by Food for Life. It’s called Brown Rice Bread, and lightly toasted it is amazing with sandwiches or with almond butter for breakfast. And for parents who are trying to convince their children of the a new wheat-free bread in the house, this has received rave reviews. The bread is available at Zehr’s in the natural health section and also most health foods stores locally. Here is a link to the bread from the Food for Life website.
To read the Maclean’s article on wheat you can click the following link, The Evils of Wheat.