I just finished reading this book over the last week. I was at a gluten free workshop in Maple Ridge at the Westgate Wellness center and they gave it to me as a door prize. I have been wanting to read the book since I saw it at Costco, so I was very excited to start reading it.
When you first start reading the book (especially if you don’t have celiac disease), you will be overwhelmed and frightened by some of the things that wheat can do to a “normal” persons body. I found this informative part of the book very fascinating, but at the same time disturbing. Reading about how wheat has changed over time and become genetically modified was frustrating to say the least. I can’t eat wheat (because I am celiac), but why should people be subjected to wheat that is so detrimental to health, just because they want to make more money and have wheat grow “better”?
Other parts of the book that I found notable were the parts on diabetes and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. The author speaks at great detail about how both diabetes and arthritis can be much more managable if you adopt a gluten free diet. IF you have either of those conditions, I would suggest reading the book.
I also found the recipe section of the book to be quite interesting, and I see many recipes that I would love to try soon.
At the end of the book I would have to say that I thought that it was great. I do believe that it is an avenue where people will learn that the amount of wheat consumption we have in North America is negatively impacting us. I wouldn’t go so far as the author does to say that everyone should adopt a gluten free lifestyle in order to lose weight. Although I have found that a gluten free lifestyle has made it easy for me to lose weight, that should not be your reason for going gluten free. I believe that many conditions are improved by wheat elimination (my body attests to that)…but that completely gluten free doesn’t have to be for everyone. If you are going to continue to eat gluten, just make sure that you buy breads, etc that are good for you (most bread at the grocery store is stripped of all nutrients and vitamins and they just add it in at the end, which is not satisfactory or enough). Whether you like the book or not, give it a read just to find out some of the things that GMO wheat does to your body. Happy reading!