is not necessarily GOOD
One of the reasons why the Wheat Belly lifestyle is
so spectacularly effective for restoring health, losing
weight, and turning back the clock a decade or two is
because we reject the flawed logic of
conventional nutritional advice.
There is a long list of reasons why conventional
nutritional advice gets it so wrong, from logical
blunders, to relying on flawed
observational evidence (rather than clinical
trials), to getting too cozy with Big Food companies
like Coca Cola and Kraft.
Let’s discuss a common and widely-held blunder
in logic that is applied over and over again in nutrition:
If something bad is replaced by something less
bad and there is an apparent health benefit, then a lot
of the less bad thing must therefore be good.
With wheat, if we replace something bad—white
flour products—with something less bad—whole
grain products—and there is less obesity,
type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer
(there is indeed a modest reduction), then a whole
bunch of whole grains must therefore be good.
Let’s apply this to one of my perennial favorites,
cigarettes: If we replace full-tar, unfiltered
cigarettes—bad—with low-tar, filtered
cigarettes—less bad—that yields a modest
reduction in heart attack and lung cancer, then, by
the logic of nutrition, you should smoke a lot of
low-tar, filtered cigarettes. This is absurd, of
course, but illustrates this blunder in logic that
can lead you to false conclusions.
If we replace white flour products with whole wheat
or whole grain products, there is still weight gain
but just a little less; there is still type 2
diabetes but just a little less; there is still heart
disease and colon cancer but just a little less:
less bad is not necessarily good. And don’t
forget that wheat and grains, regardless of whether
they are refined white or unrefined, still trigger
other health conditions such as irritable bowel
syndrome, initiate autoimmune diseases like type 1
diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, make ulcerative
colitis and Crohn’s worse, can trigger migraine
headaches and plantar fasciitis, and on and on. You
can appreciate just how far off course from a healthy
diet such a logical blunder can lead you.
Other examples of this logical blunder being put to use include:
Replace high-glycemic (GI) index foods with
low-glycemic index foods. The reality is that,
low-GI foods still send blood sugar sky-high, generate
insulin resistance, provoke fatty liver, provoke
small LDL particles that lead to heart disease,
and cause weight gain . . . but just not as
much as high-GI foods.
Replace a standard American diet with the
Mediterranean diet. This is based on the
observation that the Mediterranean diet yields fewer
heart attacks and less type 2 diabetes than the
standard American diet. But, just like low-GI foods,
numerous unhealthy effects are still provoked on the
Mediterranean diet making it far from an ideal diet
As with so many areas of modern health, the last
people you want to consult are the presumed
“experts” who convey such conventional
notions of healthy eating.