Anti-Grain Ammo

Here's the Usual Scenario:

You're at lunch, you order the grilled chicken sandwich and tell the waiter to keep the bun. Eyebrows raise, you get the "He's one of those diet kooks!' look, and you respond by telling your friends you've given up bread.

...and so the discussion (and defense) begins.

It's an uphill battle because most of the population eats bread and related grain buddies. But, here are 8 common answers/responses, and knowledge-sharing quips you can rattle off...that no one (including your doctor) can argue with.

1. Your doctor says you need to eat more whole grains

to lower your cholesterol.


"Whole grains are completely inferior to vegetables and fruit in every nutrient why eat them?"

"Grains are pro-inflammatory food which licit an immune response, swell arteries, promoting cholesterol to get stuck on the lining."

2. Your vegetarian buddy says gluten-free grains are just fine.


"Not true Dirk. Rice, corn, lentils, and soy come with a host of other anti-nutrient problems and get converted to glucose as well."

3. Bread is fortified and there are more nutrients in bread than just flour.


"Check out the ingredients in a McDonald's hamburger bun:" Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour), calcium propionate and sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin.

4. What about whole wheat, whole grain, sprouted, and organic?


"They are no better."

5. Billy, you need to eat 7-9 servings of whole grains each and every day.


"Gee Doc, don't those whole grains and all carbohydrates get converted to blood glucose? And, don't all those excess Carbs get converted to blood glucose and lead to diabetes?"

6. How can you eat a sandwich?


"You really can eat the stuff in a sandwich without surrounding it with bread."

7. Why don't you just become a vegetarian?


Do you realize just how many vegetable and grain calories you have to eat to get the protein and fat the body needs?"

8. All that protein and fat will make you fat and have high cholesterol.


"Not really. Fat is actually the body's preferred source of fuel providing 9 calories per gram and there is absolutely no correlation between fat, protein, and cholesterol.Plus, the body can convert fat to blood sugar"


8 quick responses to the grain-lovin' folks: