Think that you're benefiting your body and finally on the right track to weight loss and health by buying products labeled "gluten-free?" Wrong, says cardiologist William Davis. In an October 24 interview with the CBC News, Dr. Davis described such as products as "nonsense."
It's a surprising comment for Dr. Davis, author of "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" (click for details). However, he's quick to clarify that although he's "happy that people are listening" to his message about the dangers of wheat and grain, he's concerned about the ingredients in processed gluten-free foods.
So just what is the problem with those popular gluten-free goodies? Dr. Davis says that they are made with "junk carbohydrate ingredients" such as corn flour, rice flour, potato starch and corn starch. And although he contends that eliminating wheat is the way to go for weight loss and health, he feels "saddened that (consumers) are being tricked by this gluten free nonsense."
The problem with swapping wheat for ingredients such as rice flour and corn starch: Those foods raise blood sugar and contribute to conditions such as hypertension, cataracts, heart disease and cancer, according to Dr. Davis.
The author of a companion cookbook, "Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health," Dr. Davis has become one of the most outspoken physicians in the diet world in terms of his belief that eating wheat and those so-called "healthy grains" is linked to multiple concerns.
On his Facebook page, he writes: "Elimination of wheat--actually, what is being sold to us called "wheat"--is not just for people with celiac disease; it's for EVERYBODY. Lose weight and regain health by reversing a wide spectrum of common health conditions."
Among the conditions that Dr. Davis has linked to eating wheat: Obesity crisis, diabetes, as well as inflammatory diseases, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression and skin problems such as acne.