Book Review | Grain Brain

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

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter is my second audiobook of the year.  As you can imagine this was somewhat similar to the last audiobook I listened to.  Both books are focusing on wheat and what repercussions it has for those of us who love it and continue to consume it.

Dr. Perlmutter focuses on the impact of wheat on the brain.  Listening to these books at the gym is very purposeful and really makes me push that much harder.  It focuses me on getting healthier.  And the next time I am presented with an option to eat bread it makes me reflect before taking that choice.  Joe Cross, of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead fame, is famous for saying:

You control the last few inches to your mouth

I’m paraphrasing, but you get it.  We are completely in control of what we are putting in our mouth.  No one is holding a gun to our head and telling us we have to eat eggplant or Doritos.  That choice is ours.  We may be tempted with certain foods, but the ‘last mile’ is all up to us.  We control that and there are no excuses for what we are choosing to put in our mouths.

The other side of the story.  While doing some research for this post I ran across an article by Alex Ruani reviewing the book and warning people not to take everything in the book as literal truth.

Instead, Perlmutter suggests that a low-carb diet is the only way to manage your blood sugar and insulin levels. But, as we know, a high-carbohydrate, low-glycaemic diet can too…
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I agree that Dr. Perlmutter left some things out of the book.  He encourages drinking red wine, but also says that it is easier to get your Restoril from a supplement.  He doesn’t warn the reader that too much alcohol consumption can be bad for your brain and body.

While I agree with Alex, that you need to practice some common sense and not take everything from any non-fiction book as the truth.  Do some research and use some good common sense.

As a whole, the book is entertaining and educational.  There is much you can take away from this book and I would recommend it without reservation. 3 stars for this education non-fiction best-seller.