Dear Rachael, hope all is good.
Would love to get your advice about the book Wheat Belly, which denounces wheat as our enemy.
Your views are balanced, and we both agree that evidence based medicine is better than extreme views and radical diets are hard to sustain.
Best wishes for 2015!
He also mentions his concerns that genetic modifications in wheat crops have led to a litany of health problems. I'm not sure there is really enough evidence to support this. Regardless, even if there have been significant changes in the wheat we eat today, there is so much else that has changed in our food environment that it seems odd to attribute obesity, diabetes, etc to that single aspect. We also have more food available with higher levels of salt, fat, and sugar than ever before (whether it contains wheat or not). Our survival instinct still tells us to eat what's available even though we are in no danger of starving anymore; we haven't caught up to our new food environment.
Like any diet of this nature, my main concerns are nutritional insufficiency, feelings of deprivation (which, for some, can lead to binging or simply giving up entirely), and how disruptive it is to daily life- all of which are unnecessary because there are simpler options that are much more sustainable.
I dug up a couple of trustworthy resources that elaborate on more of his claims. I hope you find them helpful:
Wheatophobia: Will avoiding wheat really improve your health?
Wheat Belly - An Analysis of Selected Statements and Basic Theses of the Book
All the best,