Read the comments of dietitian Janelle Schnake RD, CDE that she posted on the Wheat Belly Blog:
As a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator I really, completely, totally agree with your statements about whole wheat and how it affects blood sugar, but I also believe that we need to “call the duck a duck.”
The problem with obesity and diabetes in America probably–no, certainly–has nothing to do with the intake of wheat bread, but the fact that Americans are lazy and self-serving. The biggest problem with diabetes in America is that, as a culture, Americans want their food quick and fast and cheap and they don’t want to exercise because . . . well, I could repeat all of the absolutely selfish reasons why BUT I’m sure, as a doctor, you have probably heard the same ones I have.
Needless to say since this article came out in Prevention magazine, guess what the backlash I have heard, as an actual practicing clinician who lives in the “real world”: It’s not cutting out wheat products, it’s switching to something even worse: white bread. So congratulations on all of the extra money you have made on your book and magazine articles, but next time let’s face the real issue: Diabetes and obesity is usually caused by inactivity, huge portions, busy families, and poor food choices. Oh, yeah, that doesn’t sell books, my bad!!!!
That is precisely what she posted, though I did correct her rather horrendous punctuation. (She apparently is commenting on something that came out in Prevention Magazine that I wrote.)
You can see what we are up against: The incredible ignorance of the dietary community who are absolutely convinced that you are overweight, tired, feel awful, have acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, unexplained depression and rashes, constant hunger, and have high blood pressure and high blood sugars . . . because you are “lazy and self-serving.” In the minds of people like her, it has nothing to do with the message to “cut your fat and eat more healthy whole grains” provided by our own “official” agencies and dietary community.
Rather than reading the book, opening her mind to the possibility that much of what she thought was right is wrong, that her education was heavily influenced by the curriculum set by the food and drug industry, and gently telling people that, no, white bread is no better than whole wheat because they’re both bad–well, instead, she chooses to vent her frustration in a place where it will have . . . absolutely no effect!
Actually, I do agree that there is indeed a subset of people who, no matter how effective the approach or method, will always overindulge, eat the wrong food, not bother with other healthy habits. But they are probably NOT the ones reading Prevention Magazine nor the ones looking to hear the message I am broadcasting. I fear that the ignorance of dietitians like Ms. Schnake is also self-fulfilling: If she thinks you are flawed, gluttonous, and lazy, she will help you do more of the same!
I am embarrassed and ashamed that we have people like Ms. Schnake purporting to provide dietary advice to the unwitting public, who put their trust in her. If she refuses to at least participate in the discussion, let’s do our best to put her out of business.