Is wheat bad for you? Here’s the quick backstory: The modern version of wheat is a far cry from the ancient plant. In fact, the newer, high-yield wheat we’ve been eating since the 1980s is full of genetic changes that seem to inflame our bodies, cause our guts to leak, and trigger autoimmune diseases. To figure out some of the strange health problems associated with wheat, we flipped through the New York Times best-selling book Wheat Belly, and spoke with its author, cardiologist William Davis, MD.
But is a wheat-free diet really for you? Regardless of whether you suffer from celiac disease—an ailment triggered by wheat’s gluten—or not, many experts now believe anyone giving up not just gluten, but wheat altogether, could enjoy tremendous weight loss and health benefits. “It means making soups, salad dressings, and dinners yourself, the most assured way to avoid problem ingredients,” says Dr. Davis. “Wheat Belly also discourages people from resorting to the unhealthy gluten-free replacement foods.”