018: Dr. William Davis - Preventing Heart Disease by Cutting Out Grains, The Truth About Cholesterol, and Optimizing Your Health with High Quality Nutrition

Whole grains are promoted as the cornerstone of a healthy diet by authorities like the USDA, the American Heart Association, and the Food Guide Pyramid.  There's just one problem: Grains are also the leading cause of heart disease, especially modern crops like wheat and corn.   When Dr. William Davis came to this shocking realization, he began conducting research and later published the New York Times best-selling book Wheat Belly, which then turned into a series of books. Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist, best selling author, and the medical director and founder of the Wheat Belly Lifestyle Institute. With this work, he defied the traditional set of nutritional guidelines and beliefs that embraced grains and shunned fat. His research showed that fats weren't responsible for heart attacks, but grains were. When he put patients on a grain-free diet, their markers for heart disease went down and they experienced other perks like faster weight loss, reduced joint pain, and improved mental clarity.  In today's episode, I take a deep dive with Dr. Davis to explore why grains cause heart disease, what he found in his research, the important role of cholesterol in the body, why the current healthcare system won't help you prevent heart disease, and how to tweak your nutrition for better health. 

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