I must begin by repeating what I first said when I launched this site:
I base all of my material on fact, science, research, experience with
clients, experimentation on my own body, talking to people a lot smarter than
myself, and common sense. If it is my opinion I make an attempt to say so. Even
if there is no ‘cited reference’ at the bottom of an article that I write, know
that the facts have been pursued and processed before my perspective and advice
The Detriments of Grain are
Fact, Not Opinion
Plain and Simple: If you want
a body that is healthy, lean, and condition/disease-free, you gotta start by
getting rid of grains. It is the first thing I mention to clients or even strangers who ask what they should do to begin a journey toward health. Grains are inflammatory for one. Inflammation is the leading cause of simple conditions such as acne and asthma or more serious, Crohn's and cancer. Consuming Grain related products on a daily basis is the most common and
prevalent dietary fault, and the leading cause of gut stress, systemic
inflammation, and prime contributor to the decline of overall human health.
Corn, Oats, and Rice are also in the ‘Grain’ category, because they too contain
Lectins, and we’ll take a peek at them too. It is estimated that over 65% of The Western Diet is grain-based, which leads to elevated blood glucose levels and eventual diseases like Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, and Fatty Liver Disease. (NAFLD) Eliminate grains them from your diet for
just 9 days and watch what happens.
But These People Say…
- Your Doctor says they’re ok and have lots of essential fiber
- The Nutritionist quoted in People Magazine says they are an essential
part of a healthy diet
- The Dietitian you saw for your weight loss says to eat oatmeal every
- The pumped up (bloated) muscle guy at the gym says protein bars
are the way to go
- Your anorexic neighbor says the Special K diet is her key
They Are All Wrong! …and
Beyond the damage they cause to the gut, (see Grains are Unhealthy),
grains contain Antinutrients, are incomplete foods and pretty much devoid of
any nutrients. In white bread, the seeds from wheat are ground, stripped of nutrients, bleached, and synthetic vitamins added back in. 'Healthy' Whole Grain bread is actually worse due to the damage from its Lectins and Phytates. The Glycemic Index of Whole Wheat Bread is 71, White Bread, 67, and a Snickers Bar 41! Wheat products are no better than eating pure sugar. Fruits have twice the fiber of grains and vegetables have
eight times the fiber.
What? Why would these people lie to me? They have 10
degrees on the wall, licenses, and a white lab coat.
These are the facts folks, it's your job to spread the news.
Don’t Believe You Bill. I’ve Eaten Grains My Whole Life and
Have No Issues.
Well, even if you think you have no issues, you
probably do. An airborne allergy, food allergy, a digestive condition,
fat you can’t get rid of around the midsection, low energy, cravings. There is no denying the fact that grains get converted to glucose (sugar) and excess sugar swimming around your bloodstream causes a host of problems to eventual Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's, and Cancer. And, the 35% obesity rate in the U.S.A. is directly linked to the 65% grain consumption.
Read The Book Wheat Belly by: William Davis, MD
This book goes into the explicit history of wheat, and the ramifications, detriments, conditions, and diseases caused by eating them.
You Don’t Leave Me Anything To Eat
Without writing a hundred different ways to eat the
recommended Paleo-Primal Menu of Meats-Vegetables-Fruits-Eggs-Oils-Nuts…
Tuna Salad without bread
is just fine
A Morning Shake,
nutritious and filling, is far better than a bowl of grains, sugar, and milk
Almost every restaurant
in the country has a mixed green salad they can add some type of grilled meat
to for a healthy lunch.
An afternoon piece of
wild game jerky or handful of walnuts makes a nice afternoon snack
There are a thousand
different combinations of grilled meat and roasted vegetables for dinner.
- Check out the Recipes page
A simple search of factual material via the internet, or if you don't trust that for whatever reason, any entry level physiology text will yield what I am saying. Conflicting opinions or recommendations do not always relay fact.
Grains are almost entirely carbohydrate, which gets converted to glucose, which raises Insulin levels in the blood. This is fact. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose
Digestion: Grains contain Gluten, Lectins, and Phytates, all of which wreak havoc on the digestive tract.
Then, there’s research, usually in the form of a study where the underlying results are pre-determined to justify an agenda, otherwise known as 'evidence-based findings.'
"Sadly, this evidence-based medicine founded on data paid for by a corporation or branch of government is subject to the influence of many biases." -Jack Kruse
In addition, most studies have many variables to control,
that aren’t controlled, namely eating habits, which make much of it’s outcome
rendered useless. The results are meant and often swayed to confirm what is
desired. Ask yourself, who funded the 'research'? This is not to say that there are beneficial drugs, but many, MANY,
drugs on the market today are meant to treat conditions that are easily
controlled though proper and responsible eating habits.
The Wrong Information...Is it a Conspiracy?
The majority of the medical profession, government bodies,
the pharmaceutical industry, and diet centers are ignoring the facts. They still
believe grains are healthy and whole-grain foods are essential in the human
diet. Nothing could be further from the truth. The business of sick people is, well, big business! Disease management is a much more profitable venture than health care and lifestyle adaptation.
As mentioned throughout this
site, grains were not around until 10,000 yrs or so ago and neither were many
of the conditions we now face. Skeletons, 100's of thousands of years old, millions of yrs in some cases, are dug up with full bone density and no cavities. So, I’m not even going to say it’s lack of knowledge
on their part, because the information is out there and readily available. The
fact is, the majority of med school programs are not even meeting the required
25 hrs of nutrition education and many instructing less than 6 hours. YET, over
120 hours of pharmacology is taught. Minimal hours to learn about the
addressing the cause, 120 hrs to learn about treating the symptom. Seems
And, to make matters worse, the nutrition material covered is the same
old whole-grain, high-fiber, low-fat, antiquated garbage from 60 years ago! Prescribing a drug is a heck of a lot
easier than telling someone they have to change the way that they eat. People, including doctors, are naturally resistant to change and the
fact is grains are cheap, super easy to grow, transport, store, and fabricate
into thousands of different foods. Almost everybody, including me, and doctors,
nutritionists, and dietitians, grew up eating cereal with milk and sugar on
top, just like their parents and grandparents. So, why change a good thing, eh?
The Brainwashing Starts
The Wonder Bread truck, Trix, Captain Crunch, and Ronald McDonald, are
an army in the campaign to convince children how fun and tasty bread and cereal
are. Have you looked at the ingredients in a box of ‘fun’ cereal? For that
matter, even this type of applesauce, directed toward kids’ lunch packs, the
second ingredient is sugar! The best story about a commercially prepared meal
such as McDonald's is written by Michael Pollan in The Omnivores Dilemma: http://michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/
In a nutshell, bread is
made from the seeds of a grass that has been, ground, stripped of nutrients,
bleached, sugared, and synthetic vitamins added. Not Healthy and a shame to get
people into thinking it is.
Are Rice, Corn, and Oatmeal
Any Better than Wheat?
All three contain Antinutrients like Lectins and Phytates but are
typically less offensive than Wheat. Gluten is nasty stuff folks.
Rice (the most consumed grain)
It’s pretty much nutrient deficient being mostly pure starch, and it
does have the antinutrient phytate called Phytin in rice, but on the harmful
‘Grain Spectrum’ it is at the low end. Infrequent consumption is probably not
all that bad, especially if combined with a large dose of protein. The funny
thing is that most people thing brown rice is better for them but the Phytates
hang out in the bran, husk, and hull, which are removed when it is processed to
make white rice.
Corn (second most)
High in sugar, carbs, and phytic acid, not much protein, and usually
Although having a pretty impressive nutrient profile, a high protein
content, high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, Oats are very high in phytic
acid and contain it’s own type of Gluten called Avenin. Oats take a lot of processing (steel cut to rolled to instant) to make
them edible, and being so plain and bland it takes a lot of work, usually in
the form of sugar, to make them edible. Claimed to lower cholesterol by the AHA, the reason
being it’s Beta-Glucan gets the gall bladder to dump its cholesterol-containing
bile into digestion. Another example of treating the symptom of cholesterol
instead of the cause.
More on Grains HERE