Say you’re starting from scratch and contemplating some change in diet. You suffer with heartburn, your joints hurt, your feet are swollen after standing on your feet for 8 hours. On your last visit to the doctor, your blood pressure was borderline high, your fasting blood sugar was in the pre-diabetic range, your cholesterol values were all screwed up, and your doctor threatened to put you on drugs for all of it unless you cut your calories and exercised more—even though you’ve been trying to push the plate away, consume smaller portions, and exercise vigorously at least 5 days a week.
So you decide to eliminate anything made of corn. This means you eliminate corn on the cob, any sauce or gravy thickened with cornstarch, tacos and tortillas or anything that might be made with cornmeal, and anything sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. You continue to eat whole grain breads, pizza, and bagels. You try to limit your saturated fats and total fats. You eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
What do you think happens?
Probably . . . nothing. Okay, so you lose 3 or 4 pounds, your fasting blood sugar drops from 112 mg/dl to 109 mg/dl, blood pressure drops from 140/90 to 137/84. After all, corn is an increasingly ubiquitous carbohydrate and reducing your carbohydrate exposure can lead to such health benefits. Factor in the uncertainties introduced by genetically-modified corn (glyphosate-resistant and BT toxin inoculated, in particular) and you have indeed achieved improvements in health.
But what about the other 70 pounds you’ve got to lose, the insatiable appetite, the still-high blood pressure and blood sugar, joint pains, peculiar rash on your arms and knees, leg edema, fatigue, depression, mental “fogginess,” not to mention the behavioral problems of your 7-year old, the acne of your 16-year old, the awkward and distressful cramps and diarrhea of your spouse?
You now where I’m going with this: It’s not about corn. If the entire health mess most of us find ourselves in were about corn, well, then . . . eliminating corn would solve the entire collection of problems. It does not.
But, eliminate the wheat and an unexpected and broad range of health benefits develop. That’s why the movement—not the book, but the movement—is labeled “Wheat Belly” and not corn belly, broccoli belly, beef belly, soda belly, high-fructose corn syrup-belly, or any other belly.
It’s called “Wheat Belly,” and it’s no mistake.