Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers

As someone who took my health back 5 years ago, I am always reading and learning as much as I can about health and nutrition so I can help others. Therefore, I read everything I can get my hands on so I can gain as much knowledge as I can.

This past week I have been reading David Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers.

The topic discussed didn’t surprise me as I learned the hard way that wheat and grain wreaks havoc on our bodies. I was almost 200 pounds. I suffered from joint pain, chronic headaches and depression. I was grumpy and moody. I often was sick with sinus problems and never really felt good.

Once I gave up the carbs it all cleared up. And now at 140 pounds I feel amazing. I don’t get headaches; I don’t get sick and my overall mental health is amazing.

I loved that a low carb diet helped me to lose the weight and gain control of my life. But this book made me realize that the lack of sugar and grains also helped me mentally. I am now realizing how cloudy my head was and how sad I felt most of the time. I thought at times, that I was crazy. Maybe I was working too many long hours and suffering from stress.

But now I know that the wheat and grain was literally stealing my emotions. I suffered from anxiety and depression for years. Wheat and grain really do affect our brains. And in many ways, it steals our life.

The elimination of all sugars and grains gave me back my life.

Wheat and gluten is a real problem in America. It is the root cause of many health issues including obesity. It is also the cause of many inflammatory diseases including type 2 diabetes. And it is frustrating for me as a health coach when I work with people and they think that they can just eat less and work out more. And yes, people can lose a little bit of weight this way, but in order to get healthy you really need to eliminate the grains.

These types of foods are also very addictive which is why many of us who struggle with our weight, wait so long to get help. And sadly, many don’t.

If you are overweight or suffer from Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, anxiety, foggy head, moody, headaches please read this book!

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32 thoughts on “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers”

  1. Very true what you’ve written here. I used to be very big weighing about 250. I knew it was my eating habits. I had grown so much in love with junks that I couldn’t leave a day without it. Foods made with wheat and sugar became my daily routine. After some research on how to try to reduce the consumption, I have reduced the amount of wheat and grains but I need extra help so I’ll definitely get this book.

    1. The book Grain Brain will be very helpful to you Henderson. It really is about elimination rather than reduce. I know it sounds scary giving up completely but it is amazing how much healthier you will feel. Let me know what you think of it.

  2. Hello Wendy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. Wheat is truly one of the most dangerous groceries for our brain and body but still, so many people actually consume it. I ejected it 4 years ago and I can’t explain how better I feel and look. I would definitely recommend people to get rid of this “poisonous” food as soon as possible.

  3. I got this book in January, and I can tell you this book is a life changer. I have made changes in my diet for some time now since reading this book and I already see significant changes in the way I feel. I am a care-giver for my wife and I was continually waking up in the early hours before 6 am with anxiety attacks. These have now gone away completely and I sleep throughout the night. I’ve lost about 40 pounds within a short period. This book has defunct many ideas I thought were true.

    Great review wendy.

    1. I used to suffer from anxiety and panic as well. I no longer get them. It really is amazing how food affects how we feel. I also never get headaches. I had a bottle of Tylenol that I ended up throwing away because it expired. We simply don’t need it. Low carb really helps with inflammation in the body.

  4. I knew wheat to be a healthy food that people suffering from diabetes can take because of its low starch compared to cassava flour. Too much of sugar can affect brain as well as other immune system. Everyone want to put on light weight inorder to scape through several diseases. One disease leads to another that is why there’s high record of diabetes,heart disease rate, arthritis etcetera. 
    One week will not pass without eating wheat in my family. This is high time we will need to cut it low. I need to checkout other medical prediction about wheat. Thanks for sharing this educating review.

  5. There are so many people that cannot understand how much their lives can improve by loosing weight. If they could see and feel the difference just for one day I am sure much more people would try to loose their weight. It is not only healthy physically but mentally also. As someone that had a close overweight relative I know the hardships that come with it. It’s only a decision but one that can turn your life around completely.

    1. I agree with you 100%, Stratos. I work with a lot of obese people and there is so much involved. It is almost as if their body is a prison. You would think they would want out of the prison (lose weight), but actually it is scarier than one would think. But once they do make a change something amazing happens. They feel more in control of their life. It’s about fixing the relationship with food. It is hard but so worth it. The numbers on the scale go down but mentally there is many changes. And when you look at the medical improvements…..I just get so excited when I seem my clients get their life back!

  6. That’s a real eye-opener really, and people tend to consume so many wheat and sugar options throughout the week without really paying that much attention to them. 

    I was one of these people, but I’m certainly going to re-think my diet. What would be your main recommendation for replacing bread? Something a little bit on the cheap side if possible?

  7. Hi, Wendy.
    Fatloss at Fifty is one of my favorite sites. Thanks for sharing the review of the book- Grain Brain.
    It is really scary to think of low carb and low sugar diet on a routine basis – just to reduce that excess fat. But when nothing is working ( rather I am not doing anything correct to reduce the weight), I will try my hands on this book. Thanks for the information.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    1. Thank you, Gaurav! I think you will find that Grain Brain is more than just weight loss. It is about felling better mentally and physically as well. I think you will find it pretty mind blowing. I highly recommend it. Thanks for stopping by fatlossatfifty.com Have a great day!

  8. Wow! This is rather coming as a shock to me considering how much I feed on  wheats and grains. Though I knew about the health implications but I never truly discovered that it could be this much bad. I gave a little weight added on and not too big as of that but then, seeing this makes me feel I have been exposing my health to danger intentionally and hence, that must come to an end from now henceforth. This is good. Thanks you

  9. Thanks for your testimonial to the effects of making these changes in your diet. I have stage 4 cancer and am on several meds (hormone therapies) that cause me to gain and keep low body weight. I am wondering if making these changes would benefit me, or would they be harmful? Any thoughts?

    1. Jack, I’m sorry to hear this. I am not a doctor and can’t advise you on this. I suggest you discuss this way of eating with your doctor. Perhaps bring him the book, Grain Brain so he has a resource. He might find it beneficial to cut out wheat. Here is an article I just found that may help you out The keto diet and cancer: What patients should know. I wish you all the best. 

  10. I have been trying to shed off a few pounds for a while now to little result. Perhaps, I’ve been looking in the wrong direction the whole time as wheat and grains are dominant parts of my diet. This article is very insightful; I will ensure to cut back on my carbs immediately. However, what healthier foods can I take in the stead of wheat and grains?

  11. When I went trough the links you have suggested and have read the introduction of the Grain Brain book, I have just blown away and told to myself what a great book David Perlmutter had written and published.By knowing that he was Number one New York Times Bestseller for the Grain Brain Cookbook as well as best seller for his most recent book,I am truly eager to read all of his books and get hand on his new book-Brain Wash- which will be published in January 2020.

    I found your website to be very informative and helpful as it seems that you have a solid knowledge and experience which is adequate to educate people like me, yet create a great post on the well being matters.I will try to reduce consumption of sugar and take less carbs for being more healthy. Thanks

    1. Thanks for stopping bye. Good for you with reducing your consumption on sugar and carbs. You really should consider purchasing the Grain Brain book. It really will make you rethink every you thought you knew about grains.

  12. In my opinion we can eat sugar that comes from a mother nature. Look at fruits. Do they have a lot of sugar? Yes. But look at it this way. Can you eat 10 oranges? What about a glass of orange juice? They both have 10 oranges but I bet it is easy to down a glass of juice rather than eating the whole fruit. 

    I think the bottom line is to eat whole foods and try to just indulge processed food. You will eat less and feel better on your own skin. I will have to check Grain Brain out. I want to know more detail of it. 

    1. You are so right that it is better to eat whole foods made by God. But someone who is obese and trying to lose weight or a type 2 diabetic needs to keep their sugar low. Every time we eat anything we raise our insulin and stop fat burning. When we limit all sugar even the sugar from fruits it works to our advantage and we can lose weight quicker and also not have cravings. Many people who do Keto find that if they include fruits in their program it stalls their weight loss, but also triggers cravings.

      But once someone has hit their goal they can add back a little bit of fruit. For example, I eat berries once in a while. 

  13. I came to see your website because I am trying to lose a few pounds I have already tried numerous diets but none have been very successful, well actually, I have lost weight in the past, but I always put it back on, I need to permanently change my diet, I have been looking at intermittent fasting, one meal a day and vegan diet, however, I do look your recommendation here cutting out wheat, carbs, and sugar is something I think I can do and stick to, I will be giving this a try, thank you for giving me this advice.   

    1. You are welcome, Russ. And you may find that once your body gets used to low carbs, high fat you may find that you can try intermittent fasting again. Many people on Keto only eat once a day because you don’t get hungry or crave more food. This is why Keto is so easy.

  14. Hi Wendy,

    Excellent article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I was overweight a few years ago, and I bought a book on a low carb diet, it was in French, Michel Montignac. He passed away now, but his book changed my life for the better. However, it’s an ancient book, today there are new researches, and what was good yesterday is not today. If you know what I mean. So I will buy this book because I need to refresh my diet. 

    Is it possible to know when the book was edited? 

    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

  15. Hey Wendy,

    Great article, I advise men on ways to naturally increase testosterone production. One of the things I’ve learnt over the years is that grains, really are awful for your health. They negatively impact testosterone production, gut health & it turns out brain health as well!

    Good to hear that you are now on a low carb diet and seeing the health benefits. I personally do a high fat, low carb diet and I’ve never been healthier! I also recommend this to my clients and I see peoples body fat drop off, muscle mass increase and them become far more motivated!

  16. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks so much for sharing a good book to read to learn more about why is better to stop having Carbs and Sugars in my daily diet.

    I was suffering from migraines every week or every two weeks, I noticed those migraines were getting worst and worst, to the point to have to stop whatever I was doing and go to bed and close my eyes.

    I didn’t want to go the doctor as I knew he/she will give me some pain killer and I wanted to find out what I could do to stop having those migraines.

    As I’m lactose sensitive, I learned how to have some dairy products and I got to know the limit before my body get sick because these products, and I must say as I know my limit it works pretty good.

    So I decided to pay attention on what I eat before a migraine happens again to me, it was bread!

    Today, I’m really pay attention to what kind of bread I’m taking, and which bread triggers a migraine to me again, I’ve a big list of types of bread to avoid, and I’m having less and less everyday.

    I’ve been so far about two months with no more migraines, and your article helped me to confirm I’m in the good track

    My goals is to have only one Carbs per day or to change it for some other option. 

    I would love to know more about what do you have in your diet so you quit Carbs and sugars. 

    1. You are not alone, Alejandra many people get similar results when they cut bread and or grains from their diet. What I eat daily is meats and fish, eggs, fat, cheese and veggies. 

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