South Beach Diet GLUTEN Solution review

south beach diet GLUTEN

I know you’ve been dying to find out how good South Beach Diet Gluten Solution is and how it compares to “Wheat Belly“.

Arthur Agatston believes you can determine your own level of gluten sensitivity. I’ve read through his three levels and they seem reasonable–except for the fact you cannot eat ANY grains or fruit for the first 2-3 weeks. He says it is to get the cravings for these foods out of your system before you start re-introducing offending foods back into your diet.

Dr. A’s approach is unique because he shows you how to become gluten aware. He explores the latest research to determine the real connection between gluten and health. Dr. Agatston is the medical director of Wellness and Prevention for Baptist Health South Florida and clinical professor of medicine at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

I’ve talked to several people who believe that going “gluten-free” means losing weight and that’s why they’re trying it. If you just want to lose weight, this book is for you because South Beach Diet & it’s sister book, SBD Gluten Solution is about losing weight. Dr. A expects people to lose between 10-12 pounds in Phase I. I wouldn’t be surprised since you can’t eat much: no grains, no starches, no sugars including fruit and fruit juices and NO alcohol for 2 weeks.

Dr. A was amazed when he first put gluten intolerant patients on his diet. They felt so good they didn’t want to go on to Phase II and gradually reintroduce grains, healthy starches and most fruits.

I’m sure you’re wondering what you CAN eat in Phase I. Well, how about lean meats including bison, elk, ostrich and venison! Lunch meat like Boar’s Head, eggs, beans, veggies. I noticed Velveeta is not in the list–drats. Isn’t Velveeta a food group all on its own?

Dr. A, Like Dr. Davis from Wheat Belly, stated, “Just because it says gluten free doesn’t mean its good for you.” Dr. A’s list of good grains/starches include amaranth, buckwheat, bean, nut and seed flours. Starchy veggies: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, winter squash, carrots, peas, parsnips.

There’s a section on where gluten hides. Did you know that most flavored yogurts contain gluten fillers? Also on toilet paper rolls. Sometimes the glue is made from gluten 😦

Other hidden gluten sources include binder, thickener, emulsifier, edible starch, gum base, filler, modified food starch, triticale, rusk, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Here’s where Dr. A and Dr. Davis are the same but different in the reasons for staying away from wheat.

Dr. A: over refined wheat,
manufacturers adding more gluten in products,
adding gluten as a thickener in soups, sauces, etc.
portion sizes have increased
yeast isn’t allowed to rise and “pre-digest” gluten
foods loaded with preservatives
and use of antibiotics in human and animals we eat.

NSAIDS can damage our stomachs and just as likely to damage your small intestines. Antibiotics kill off friendly bacteria in intestines that help to digest gluten.

Dr. Davis: says the wheat of today is different from the wheat of 1960, thanks to extensive genetics manipulations introduced to increase yield-per-acre. He talks in his book about how scientists doubled the harvest of the original wheat stock to help with world hunger. But they didn’t stop there. Wheat, if I remember correctly, used to grow 4 feet tall, but with the weight of the doubled wheat heads, the stalks bent over making harvest tough. So, they went about modifying it’s chemical structure to grow shorter. Then shorter wasn’t enough–now it has to be resistant to the weather and pests and pesticides. That’s what you’re eating every morning in your Special K cereal!

There’s a section about Dining Out that seems pretty good. There’s also a section called Menu Savvy steering you clear of soups, sauces and marinades.

OH, did you know Basmati rice is lower on the glycemic index! I’m good. I’m good. I have basmati in my freezer!

Dr. A even gives a guide for various types of restaurants like Japanese, Italian, French, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Indian and Mexican. What is GF and what to avoid.

I will post gluten free apps and web sites on another post soon. Watch for it.

Then there is also a discussion on GF Travel basics. The GF Registry (iPhone App / Android $1.99) is a searchable database of more than 28,000 GF friendly business locations including bakeries, restaurant, caterers, grocers and more.

Outback Steakhouse has a GF menu!


South Beach Diet Gluten Solution’s premise:

gluten solution cookbookYou will understand what triggers your bloat or brain fog or joint pain and you will become gluten aware. Now, that’s a lifestyle–not a diet.

Dr.  Agalston’s Gluten Solution cookbook will be in stores (or at least online at Amazon in November 2013!

Can’t wait to review it!

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