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    Quote Originally Posted by jakejoh10 View Post
    This is like the people who say calories are not all created equal, then going on to compare 3,000 calories of sugar vs. 3,000 calories of broccoli. The comparison is way out of context, which makes it a bit ridiculous.
    Is it? At some point, some foods are so low in nutrition that you're just better off eating more nutritious food. At the other end of the 'ridiculous' scale is a McDonalds happy meal being 'part of a balanced diet'. And if you think that's a straw man, why did you bring up 3,000 calories of broccoli?

    I personally define 'nutritious' as being 'nutrient dense' in the sense that the food has a large number of vitamins and minerals relative to the calories in the food. I don't account for calories themselves, since we are fortunate enough to live in an age of plenty where excess is more of a problem when it comes to calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    Is it? At some point, some foods are so low in nutrition that you're just better off eating more nutritious food. At the other end of the 'ridiculous' scale is a McDonalds happy meal being 'part of a balanced diet'. And if you think that's a straw man, why did you bring up 3,000 calories of broccoli?

    I personally define 'nutritious' as being 'nutrient dense' in the sense that the food has a large number of vitamins and minerals relative to the calories in the food. I don't account for calories themselves, since we are fortunate enough to live in an age of plenty where excess is more of a problem when it comes to calories.
    I have not once said that you're not better off eating "more nutritious" food. I'm saying it comes down to personal preference. If someone wants to eat grains, for whatever reason, then they can definitely be part of a healthy diet. This is where everyone disagrees with me.

    Again, it's all dose-specific, and it's all about context. For example, of course sugar is bad for you if you consume it in excess. But is sugar toxic in small amounts among a balanced diet? Absolutely not (sorry Dr. Lustig). So I'm going to keep saying it: it comes down to the overall context of the diet, and in my opinion, grains are not evil in every situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakejoh10 View Post
    As I've mentioned several times earlier, the elimination method is usually pretty effective, if the person is even worried about the gluten issue.
    but most people think like you do and aren't all that concerned with gluten believing their ill health is both normal and unrelated to gluten.

    for years i thought i was lactose-intolerant, even went on a soy-cheese phase. blech. was smugly superior about the healthy whole grains and lack of meat in my low-fat diet. i was alwaysalwaysalways sick. all year long i had sinus/allergy/bronchial issues that were debilitating. normal right?

    i cut out grains and legumes and nearly overnight my health improved. in almost 4 years i haven't had a cough, cold or sniffle. my insomnia is gone. my night-sweats are gone. my restlessness is gone. my hair and nails grow like weeds.

    if you had asked me 4 years ago if i might have a gluten issue i would have laughed at you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodletoy View Post
    but most people think like you do and aren't all that concerned with gluten believing their ill health is both normal and unrelated to gluten.

    for years i thought i was lactose-intolerant, even went on a soy-cheese phase. blech. was smugly superior about the healthy whole grains and lack of meat in my low-fat diet. i was alwaysalwaysalways sick. all year long i had sinus/allergy/bronchial issues that were debilitating. normal right?

    i cut out grains and legumes and nearly overnight my health improved. in almost 4 years i haven't had a cough, cold or sniffle. my insomnia is gone. my night-sweats are gone. my restlessness is gone. my hair and nails grow like weeds.

    if you had asked me 4 years ago if i might have a gluten issue i would have laughed at you.
    Okay, so in your situation, you were showing ill health and didn't consider gluten as a culprit. I'm talking about people who are perfectly healthy, including myself. I eat grains on a regular basis, I'm perfectly healthy, I don't have any symptoms of intolerance, no digestive issues, never get sick; and I know plenty of others that are the same way. And I've done the elimination method, felt no difference. I know this is an n=1, but I'm just giving an example.

    Of course, if someone was having digestive issues, sick all the time, etc. etc. like you said, then there would be reason to suspect intolerance. But if not, I don't see the reason to demonize grains, assuming they are in the context of a balanced diet that controls calorie and macronutrient intake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakejoh10 View Post
    I don't get obsessive with the gluten issue unless the person is worried that it might be a problem.
    But so many people have no idea that gluten is an issue. Hence, why so many of us recommend the elimination as a first step for everyone. Ok, if after you've done that for a couple of months you haven't noticed any benefit to avoiding gluten and experience no side affects when introducing it, fill your boots. That's your perogative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misabi View Post
    But so many people have no idea that gluten is an issue. Hence, why so many of us recommend the elimination as a first step for everyone. Ok, if after you've done that for a couple of months you haven't noticed any benefit to avoiding gluten and experience no side affects when introducing it, fill your boots. That's your perogative.
    Yes, which is why I recommend the elimination method.

    But, to be honest, some people truly don't care. They don't want to be overwhelmed with a crap-ton of information on why certain foods may be bad for them, they just want to look better naked. At this point, unless there is serious reason for concern, I don't think there is a ton of use stressing about it. Dieting is about what the individual will adhere to. Of course, sometimes the purely health related side is a different story.

    That was a bit tangential, but just making a point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakejoh10 View Post

    Of course, if someone was having digestive issues, sick all the time, etc. etc. like you said, then there would be reason to suspect intolerance. But if not, I don't see the reason to demonize grains, assuming they are in the context of a balanced diet that controls calorie and macronutrient intake.
    but that's the disconnect -- without digestive issues people do not think a food is the culprit for their ills.

    something insidious like inflammation may take decades to manifest into a diagnosis. so yeah, you're "fine" now.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    True story: when I went to see an orthopedic surgeon about the pain in my feet, he told me I should get used to increasing lack of mobility. When I went carb-free for a couple of days, the pain and swelling magically went away. If I had not done that, I would still have painful, swollen feet (and all the other random symptoms that went away, too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodletoy View Post
    but that's the disconnect -- without digestive issues people do not think a food is the culprit for their ills.

    something insidious like inflammation may take decades to manifest into a diagnosis. so yeah, you're "fine" now.
    I feel fine, my bloodwork is fine, and I know plenty of others who are the same. I'm not going to live my life restricting food that I enjoy just because there's a slight possibility that it could maybe, possibly cause some inflammation in the future. I'm sorry, but as things are going, I'm doing just fine, and I will continue to enjoy eating what I enjoy eating without regret.

    I guess I'm weird, but that's my approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    True story: when I went to see an orthopedic surgeon about the pain in my feet, he told me I should get used to increasing lack of mobility. When I went carb-free for a couple of days, the pain and swelling magically went away. If I had not done that, I would still have painful, swollen feet (and all the other random symptoms that went away, too).
    That's awesome. The problem is that your situation doesn't apply to everyone. So if you were to tell someone who is healthy to cut out carbs completely because it worked for you, it could cause some issues. Low-carb diets are certainly not for everyone.

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