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Does a wheat-free diet work for you?

L.A. Times 2013/02/04 16:00:00
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You've heard about the "Wheat Belly" diet, right? Well, technically, it doesn't exist. Dr. William Davis points out that the word "diet" does not appear on either the cover of his bestselling "Wheat Belly" book published in 2011 or on the follow-up, "Wheat Belly Cookbook," which was published last month and already tops bestseller lists.

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  • LilLadyBee 2013/02/05 07:41:24
    Yes
    LilLadyBee
    +5
    I work at a small bakery that supports a gluten-free menu. We have bagels, breads, sweets, soups etc. Working there, I've tried most of the product and I gotta say gluten-free wouldn't be such a bad way to live if it weren't so dang expensive. A lot of our gluten-free customers are healthy, lean and full of energy when they come in. It is a great way to live but I would have to agree in saying that gluten isn't so much an enemy as the processed foods are. Certain foods grow through out different times of the year. Rest of the year, who KNOWS what goes into the food we consume.. So much goes on with the food we consume, we don't have half a clue HALF THE TIME!

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  • Alexis Lynn 2013/02/06 21:48:33 (edited)
    Yes
    Alexis Lynn
    But not by choice. I had to because I am gluten intolerant. It is technically unhealthy for people to eliminate something from their diet that they are not intolerant or allergic to. If you think that you might have a problem with it, though, eliminate it for a month and then try it again. If you get sick (as in diarrhea, horrid stomach cramps, vomiting, etc), then you are intolerant. They think that about one out of every two people has some form of gluten intolerance, just not severe enough for the person to notice such as my grandmother. She can eat up to two pieces of bread in a day, but more than that and she will get sick.
  • Carol 2013/02/06 19:17:25
    No
    Carol
    I would not do it just to do it. And I don't "diet".

    If my husband or one of my children had a gluten allergy, then yes, I would.
  • Hakking 2013/02/06 15:25:52 (edited)
  • Masaca 2013/02/06 07:49:53
    No
    Masaca
    +1
    Nope, Since my heart attack, and Type 2 diabetes diagnosis I try to eat wheat only as much as possible. Before I was actually wheatless, and had a big ol' belly then too.
  • Lillsista Masaca 2013/02/07 04:47:13
    Lillsista
    Well, here is to healthy eating and animated cheers for making it thru such a scary ordeal.
  • Masaca Lillsista 2013/02/07 05:26:34
    Masaca
    +1
    Thank you
  • Lillsista Masaca 2013/02/07 05:28:10
    Lillsista
    You are most welcome!
  • Steelshrt 2013/02/06 02:16:46
    No
    Steelshrt
    I don't believe in diet fads.
  • BabyDollDream 2013/02/06 00:52:21
    No
    BabyDollDream
    Why don't you people ever put an "other" option? I've been gluten free for more than a month, and haven't lost any weight, but that probably takes more time. so my answer is I don't know yet. Though, I'm not going gluten free to loose weight, I'm doing it because of my headaches.
  • Osama McDonalds 2013/02/06 00:50:01
    No
    Osama McDonalds
    I try to eat sprouted grain baked products (Ezekiel brand breads are great) but I will eat whole wheat products as well...and, of course, avoid white / bleached whet products when convenient.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/02/06 00:26:35 (edited)
    No
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    I eat whole grain bread. You'll get fat eating an excess of white flour products, but eliminating all wheat products is not necessary for most people.
  • Rhi-ot. 2013/02/05 22:30:51 (edited)
    No
    Rhi-ot.
    +1
    I'm Italian, I love pasta.

    I love peanutbutter, and what better with peanut butter than toast?

    However, my dad's doctor and I have got my family eating whole grain. Considering that, there is A LOT less pasta consumed because my mom doesn't like it:P I tell her too bad.

    Also, I don't go crazy on grains- I really only have 0-4 servings of grain products in a day, when Canada's food guide is saying go for 6-7.

    What I'm more worried about is sugar, except for fruits because that's natural sugar and fruits have a lot of fiber and vitamins.
  • ALL_BAND_FAN 2013/02/05 22:02:30
    No
    ALL_BAND_FAN
    +1
    NOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2013/02/05 19:18:12
  • Laura 2013/02/05 19:02:32
    No
    Laura
    +1
    No, I wouldn't exclude wheat products from my diet.
  • Darr247 2013/02/05 18:55:40
    Yes
    Darr247
    I be likin' me some rice.

    Refined sugar free, too.
  • harley oldman 2013/02/05 17:29:53
    No
    harley oldman
    +1
    ...NOPE...
  • bluelady 2013/02/05 16:41:32
    No
    bluelady
    +1
    I can go without bread, I can go without cakes and cookies....But I am a cook and one of my staples is PASTA!!! No wheat???how do I make Lasagna with no wheat?? I have a wickedly good mac salad with shrimp, tuna and 5 veggies(hubby would divorce me if I quit makin it LOL), even basic spaghetti in a meat sauce...
    cant be done ...(yes I know there are gluten/wheat free products but they are not very good and blasmaphe in a Lasagna
  • Darr247 bluelady 2013/02/05 18:58:53
    Darr247
    You should look into Rice Pasta.
    And Whole Wheat is good too... I hate seeing "enriched flour" in an ingredients list... if they didn't strip and bleach everything "good" out of it, they wouldn't need to 'enrich' it.
  • bluelady Darr247 2013/02/05 21:03:57
    bluelady
    +1
    I have ttried the whole wheat noodles and the rice pasta...it is NOT as good as traditional pasta in traditional dishes
  • Messenger bluelady 2013/02/05 23:22:36
    Messenger
    Whole wheat pasta are much better than traditional pasta and it has more nutritian and flavor in it.
  • bluelady Messenger 2013/02/06 15:09:52
    bluelady
    they simply dont taste the same to me...I admit I very traditional/fussy when it comes to my Lasagna...I always boil my noodles first and I am starting to make my own sheets of pasta for it
  • Messenger bluelady 2013/02/07 19:22:17
    Messenger
    Of course they do not taste the same, they are not meant to.

    I have never met anyone who does not boil the noodles first. So I have no idea how you think you are any different than anyone else.
  • BabyDol... bluelady 2013/02/06 00:56:40 (edited)
    BabyDollDream
    Maybe try a different brand? The one I use is Tinkyada brown rice pasta and I can't tell a difference between it and wheat pasta. tinkyada brown rice pasta
  • Steelshrt BabyDol... 2013/02/06 02:22:27
    Steelshrt
    Did you know that there is arsenic in rice? The FDA is concerned enough to begin a study of arsenic in rice. If one thing doesn't kill you another will. So eat what you enjoy in moderation.
  • BabyDol... Steelshrt 2013/02/06 15:32:48
    BabyDollDream
    It was just a suggestion.
  • Steelshrt BabyDol... 2013/02/07 02:32:47
    Steelshrt
    Lol.. Sorry. Didn't mean to bite your head off. :)
  • BabyDol... Steelshrt 2013/02/07 17:00:12
    BabyDollDream
    +1
    That's ok, you're right anyways. I've actually never heard of arsenic before. (I googled it.) I guess there are bad things in everything.
  • Messenger Steelshrt 2013/02/07 19:31:00
    Messenger
    There rare a lot of foods with arsenic in them.

    "The Environmental Protection Agency limits the amount of arsenic in U.S. public drinking water to 10 parts per billion (ppb). Water that comes from privately owned wells may contain higher levels of arsenic, especially in areas where the groundwater flows over arsenic-rich bedrock, according to Dartmouth University.

    Some seafood also has high levels of the less-toxic form of arsenic (organic arsenic), the FDA says.
    According to Consumer Reports, a 2010 study from the EPA said that vegetables account for the biggest dietary exposure to arsenic, accounting for 24 percent of intake. Fruits and fruit juices follow, with 18 percent, and rice accounts for 17 percent.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health...
  • Steelshrt Messenger 2013/02/08 15:49:59
    Steelshrt
    Absolutely, that's why I don't believe in fad diets or not eating certain things. Eat what you want in moderation.
  • Katiana2808 2013/02/05 15:44:03
    No
    Katiana2808
    No. It's the opposite. I need wheat, bran and all those fibres with a proper proportion of fruits, veggies and proteins for a perfect diet. Eating some carbohydrates prevents me from eating loads in between meals. It's nice to eat wheat. I have tried Special K, Fitness and much more brands of cereals and they work. They soothe my eating obsession.
  • Messenger Katiana... 2013/02/05 23:24:11
    Messenger
    You do not need wheat products to do that. There are plenty of other foods available.

    Your eating obsession is a mental disorder and not related to food.
  • Bibliop... Katiana... 2013/02/06 00:28:05
    Bibliophilic
    An eating disorder?
  • CAPISCE 2013/02/05 15:09:37
    Yes
    CAPISCE
    Whole Wheat is better for you
  • Messenger CAPISCE 2013/02/05 23:24:46
    Messenger
    they did not say 'whole' wheat, they say 'wheat'.
  • macbeth 2013/02/05 13:27:03
    Yes
    macbeth
    Interesting. Never tried it, but I have a friend who has and he's remarkably healthy.
    Personally, I do get the bloated stomach thing, so I may well give this a whirl.
  • kat 2013/02/05 07:50:07
    No
    kat
    Although, I've been thinking about avoiding corn. I seem to get very bloated when I consume any significant amount (more than a sprinkle)
  • LilLadyBee 2013/02/05 07:41:24
    Yes
    LilLadyBee
    +5
    I work at a small bakery that supports a gluten-free menu. We have bagels, breads, sweets, soups etc. Working there, I've tried most of the product and I gotta say gluten-free wouldn't be such a bad way to live if it weren't so dang expensive. A lot of our gluten-free customers are healthy, lean and full of energy when they come in. It is a great way to live but I would have to agree in saying that gluten isn't so much an enemy as the processed foods are. Certain foods grow through out different times of the year. Rest of the year, who KNOWS what goes into the food we consume.. So much goes on with the food we consume, we don't have half a clue HALF THE TIME!
  • Lillsista LilLadyBee 2013/02/05 08:07:06
    Lillsista
    I know I love all the stuff that is good for you, but the prices are crazy!!
  • LilLadyBee Lillsista 2013/02/05 08:26:36
    LilLadyBee
    +1
    They truly are! I learned its because the process to make even one GF bagel or muffin is almost as much as making a dozen cookies. It's crazy!

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