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Special Reports March 2014 Issue

The Truth About the War on Wheat

Is this dietary staple actually bad for your belly and your brain? Here are the facts.

If you believe the bestseller lists, the biggest bad in the supermarket aisles is not fat or sodium or sugar but wheat. It’s not just the booming popularity of gluten-free products, which are important for the small percentage of people diagnosed with celiac disease but whose benefits for the general population are questionable. (For a full discussion of the pros and cons of gluten-free products, see our October 2013 Special Report.) Bestselling books have warned that wheat consumption is a key contributor to abdominal fat (“wheat belly”), as well as triggering diseases ranging from diabetes to autism, and that eating wheat is linked to Alzheimer’s, depression, headaches, epilepsy and ADHD.

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