The Goodness of Grains

By IRRI Images (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_2039-77) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By IRRI Images (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_2039-77) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Unfortunately with the advent of the wildly popular Paleo Diet, God given grains have been vilified, outright rejected, and regarded as poison to the body. Why I do not like the Paleo Diet is for another blog,suffice it to say that we continually run ahead of God and His plan in saying that grains are no good.

What is a complex carbohydrate?

  • beans
  • nuts
  • vegetables
  • rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, etc.,

It is simple carbohydrates that are the true villain of health as they cause unstable blood sugar leading to diabetes, weight gain, inflammation, cancer,  etc., A simple carbohydrate is found in sugar, candy, baked goods, and breads. It is these carbohydrates that need to be completely eliminated from your diet. In my clinic I ask what foods do people crave and it is always sugar based carbohydrates. I have yet to have a client confess that they are addicted to and crave broccoli!

Grains are important to overall health. The benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:

  • Stroke risk reduced 30-36%
  • Type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
  • Heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
  • Better weight maintenance
  • Softer cell membranes to receive nutrients and expel waste

Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:

  • Reduced risk of asthma
  • Healthier carotid arteries
  • Reduction of inflammatory disease risk
  • Lower risk of colorectal cancer
  • Healthier blood pressure levels
  • Less gum disease and tooth loss

They are a nutrient dense food that God provides for us!

Can a low carb or no carb diet cause unwanted side effects? Sustaining a carbohydrate limit of less than 50 grams a day can put you on the danger zone and cause the following:

  • dry mucous membranes of the mouth and eyes
  • Mucin deficiency from a low carb diet may be correlated with GI cancers
  • your body perceives it is in a starved state
  • fatigued adrenals
  • insulin sensitivity drops
  • fatigue, reduced endurance
  • menstrual irregularity
  • low thyroid symptoms-hair falling out, cold hands and feet, thinning eyebrows,
  • depression
  • gut dysbiosis and a reduction in beneficial gut flora

What About Wheat?

Wheat is no longer considered a grain that is nourishing. Unfortunately, due to extreme hybridizing in the 1960’s, it has significantly changed. The result is a dwarf hybrid wheat that can no longer survive on its own. This particular form of wheat is the primary wheat that is grown in the US. This particular strain of wheat was assumed to be safe as it was hybridized with other wheat strains and thus no testing for long term safety for humans were done. One of the significant changes was the addition of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease. In the last 50 years celiac disease has increased 5 fold.

Recently it has been brought to my attention that before wheat is harvested it is drenched with Round Up (glyphosphate) in a protocol called dry harvesting. This allows the harvesting equipment to move through the fields of wheat easier, earlier and provides a larger harvest. However,  glyphosphate has been linked to auto immune diseases, gluten sensitivity, and significantly disrupts the production and functioning of beneficial bacteria.Could it be that dry harvesting started in earnest in the 1990’s could really be implicated in the rise of gluten intolerance that now effects as many as 1 in 3 people?

Reasons not to eat wheat:

  • Causes weight gain
  • Linked to schizophrenia and other mental illness
  • Causes a rise in triglycerides and cholesterol
  • Results in excess AGE’s
  • Joint inflammation
  • Aggravates rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wreaks havoc on auto immune disease
  • Causal element in diabetes
  • Raises blood sugar more that 2 T of white sugar
  • Causes neuropathy
  • Results in acne

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