WHEAT BELLY: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, MD. Rodale, 292 pp., $25.99.

The six gorgeous bagels pictured on this anti-wheat treatise might make you run to your bagel place in a New York minute. You can practically taste the freshly sliced Nova. . . .

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Are you over it? Good. Wisconsin-based preventive cardiologist Davis might convince you to give up that Sunday treat. Did you know, for example, that even whole-wheat bread "increases blood sugar as much or more than table sugar"?

THE SCOOP "Modern wheat is no more wheat than a chimpanzee is an approximation of a human," writes Davis, who describes how patients on a wheat-free diet lose weight and stop suffering from acid reflux, arthritis and more.

THE BOTTOM LINE Give up wheat, Davis writes, but eat veggies and some fruit, raw nuts, oils, meats, eggs and dairy -- and you might find out "there's life after wheat."