As a dietitian, people often ask about whether a food item or nutrient is really as bad as someone (usually the author of a popular diet) claims it to be. So when Julie Jones, PhD, a nutrition Professor at St. Catherine, published this review discussing the research around wheat, health and weight in response to strong claims in the Wheat Belly diet, I knew I had to talk to her.

“As I started reading the book and got to the part about schizophrenia, I knew I had to look deeper at this,” she says. ” This is such a wrenching disease and it seemed wrong to imply that removing wheat was the panacea that would prevent or mitigate this disease in all cases.”

So let’s get to some myth-busting about the most popular claims regarding the new bad guy in food: wheat.

Bust the myths