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Question asked that I cant seem to answer.....why are grains bad for you?
"But if we all eat lectins, why don’t we all get insulin dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, IgA nephropathy, and peptic ulcers? Partly because of biological variation in the glycoconjugates that coat our cells and partly because these are protected behind a fine screen of sialic acid molecules, attached to the glycoprotein tips.10 We should be safe. "
grains cause leptin resistance? Well the people that wrote this article think they might, but the only study they have done is on pigs and according to them there is no human studies that supports it. How convincing!
There is also some talk about gluten and celiacs...that is like saying peanuts are bad because I know someone that has an allergy to them.
"Generally, ﬁber and compounds associated with ﬁber in cereal products (e.g., phytates) have been
found to reduce the apparent absorption of minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and manganese) in
humans, livestock and animal models. The effects of ‘‘soluble’’ forms of ﬁber (speciﬁcally pectins, gums, resistant
starches, lactulose, oligofructose and inulin) on mineral absorption are more difﬁcult to characterize. The addition
of these soluble forms of ﬁber has been found in various studies to add viscosity to the gut contents, promote
fermentation and the production of volatile fatty acids in the cecum, have a trophic effect on the ceca of animals
and increase serum enteroglucagon concentrations. Thus it is not surprising that the addition of soluble forms of
ﬁber to diets often has been found to improve absorption of minerals. This may reﬂect absorption of electrolytes
from the large intestine. Future work should address the mechanisms by which ingestion of nondigestible
carbohydrates improves mineral absorption in human"
Foods high in soluble fiber include oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, strawberries and apple pulp.
Hmmm, some of those are grains.
Anyway, Mark's little article on why grains are bad for you should only fool the most naive of readers.
I have another question: why are the older forms of wheat like biblical emmer wheat less toxic, while modern dwarf hybrid wheat is so addictive and fattening and sickening? Wheat Belly listed a few chemicals, but I couldn't quite get why the new wheat had the addictive substances but the old wheat did not.
And consequently, if some enterprising farmer decided to grow and sell only emmer wheat, could paleo/primals eat it as an occasional wheat treat without causing too much damage?
5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.
All grains are not created equal. I can eat white rice with pretty much no issues but if you give me wheat/flour my allergies and IBS flare out of control.
"If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane
People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.
How would you know that? Any idea how many people have skin issues? Why do they sell so many cortisone creams, special soaps, prescription meds? People just don't know it's the grains~
This is absolutely ridiculous. I hate this "well my ibs/eczema/anything flares up when I eat grains." GREAT...the great majority of people can eat grains without those effects. Just because you have some sort of allergy to grains does not mean that they are bad for you. Some people DIE if they eat peanuts. Is that evidence that peanuts are killers and no one should eat them? No, of course not. I tend to get diarrhea if I eat more than a couple fish oil pills at once...I think we should all stop taking fish oil because of this. See how stupid that is?
I'm not saying that everyone should be eating grains. What I am saying is that most people can eat grains as part of a balanced diet with no ill effect (and they could arguably have a positive effect on overall health). And in my opinion the research supports this point of view.
If grains are a trigger food and you can't control yourself if you eat them, avoid them. If grains cause you to have some sort of uncomfortable reaction, avoid them. If you have absolutely no problem tolerating grains (the great majority of people) there is no reason to avoid them.