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5 Nov

Why Grains Are Unhealthy

grainsI find that grain bashing makes for a tasty, but ultimately unsatisfying meal.

You all know how much I love doing it, though. But no matter how often I sit down to dine on the stuff (and I’ve done it with great gusto in the past), I always leave the table feeling like I left something behind. Like maybe I wasn’t harsh enough about the danger of gluten, or I failed to really convey just how much I hated lectins. If I didn’t know better, I’d think the mere mention of grains was eliciting a crazy insulin-esque response and throwing my satiety hormones all out of whack. I was filling up on anti-grain talk, but I just couldn’t fill that void for long.

Well, I’ve got the hunger today, and this time I aim to stuff myself to the point of perpetual sickness. I don’t ever want to have to look at another anti-grain argument again (yeah, right). If things get a little disjointed, or if I descend into bullet points and sentence fragments, it’s only because the hunger has taken over and I’ve decided to dispense with the pleasantries in order to lay it all out at once.

So please, bear with me.

Apart from maintaining social conventions in certain situations and obtaining cheap sugar calories, there is absolutely no reason to eat grains. Believe me – I’ve searched far and wide and asked everyone I can for just one good reason to eat cereal grains, but no one can do it. They may have answers, but they just aren’t good enough. For fun, though, let’s see take a look at some of the assertions:

“You need the fiber!”

Okay, for one: no, I don’t. If you’re referring to its oft-touted ability to move things along in the inner sanctum, fiber has some unintended consequences. A few years back, scientists found that high-fiber foods “bang up against the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract, rupturing their outer covering” which “increases the level of lubricating mucus.” Err, that sounds positively awful. Banging and tearing? Rupturing? These are not the words I like to hear. But wait! The study’s authors say, “It’s a good thing.” Fantastic! So when all those sticks and twigs rub up against my fleshy interior and literally rupture my intestinal lining, I’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s all part of the plan, right?

Somehow, I’m not convinced that a massive daily infusion of insoluble grain fiber is all that essential. And that “lubricating mucus” sounds an awful like the mucus people with irritable bowel syndrome complain about. From personal experience I can tell you that once I completed my exodus from grains, the IBS completely stopped. If you’re not yet convinced on the fiber issue I’ll refer you to Konstantin Monastyrsky’s Fiber Menace. Anyway, there’s plenty of fiber in the vegetables and fruit I eat. Which takes me to the next claim:

“You need the vitamins and minerals!”

You got me. I do need vitamins and minerals, like B1 and B2, magnesium and iron, zinc and potassium. But do I need to obtain them by eating a carb-heavy, bulky grain? No, no I don’t. You show me a serving of “healthy whole grains” that can compete – nutrient, vitamin, and mineral-wise – with a Big Ass Salad. What’s that? Can’t do it? Thought so.

“But it forms the foundation of the governmental food pyramid!”

You know, I should have just started the entire post with this one. I could have saved my fingers the trouble of typing and your eyes the trouble of reading. Governmental endorsements are not points in your favor, grain-eater; they are strikes against you. An appeal to authority (unless that “authority” is actually a preponderance of scientific evidence, of course) does not an effective argument make. Conventional Wisdom requires consistent, steady dissection and criticism if it is to be of any value.

There’s a reason grains are first and foremost on the list of foods to avoid when following the Primal Blueprint: they are completely and utterly pointless in the context of a healthy diet. In fact, if your average unhealthy person were to ask for the top three things to avoid in order to get healthy, I would tell them to stop smoking, to stop drinking their calories (as soda or juice), and to stop eating grains. Period. Full stop. They really are that bad.

I’ve mentioned this time and again, but the fundamental problem with grains is that they are a distinctly Neolithic food that the human animal has yet to adapt to consuming. In fact, cereal grains figured prominently in the commencement of the New Stone Age; grains were right there on the forefront of the agricultural revolution. Hell, they were the agricultural revolution – einkorn wheat, emmer, millet, and spelt formed the backbone of Neolithic farming. They could be stored for months at a time, they were easy enough to grow in massive enough quantities to support a burgeoning population, and they promoted the construction of permanent settlements. Oh, and they were easily hoarded, meaning they were probably an early form of currency (and, by extension, a potential source of income inequality). And here’s the kicker: they were harsh, tough things that probably didn’t even taste very good. It also took a ton of work just to make them edible, thanks to their toxic anti-nutrients.

Toxic anti-nutrients? Do tell.

Living things generally do not want to be consumed by other living things. Being digested, for the most part, tends to interrupt survival, procreation, propagation of the species – you know, standard stuff that fauna and flora consider pretty important. To avoid said consumption, living things employ various self defense mechanisms. Rabbits, for example, with their massive ears, considerable fast-twitch muscle fibers, and nasty claws, can usually hear a predator coming, outrun (out-hop?) nearly anything, and (in a pinch) slash a tender belly to shreds. Blue whales are too big to fit into your mouth, while porcupines are walking reverse pincushions. Point is, animals have active defense mechanisms. They run, fight, jump, climb, fly, sting, bite, and even appeal to our emotions (if you’ve ever seen a puppy beg for a treat with sad eyes, you know that isn’t just accidental cuteness) in order to survive. All the while, predators are constantly evolving and generating adaptations.

Plants, though, are passive organisms without the ability to move, think, and react (for the most part). They must employ different tactics to ensure propagation, and they generally have to rely on outside forces to spread their seed. And so various methods are “devised” to dissuade consumption long enough for the seed to get to where it’s going. Nuts have those tough shells, and grains have the toxic anti-nutrients, lectins, gluten, and phytates. (Of course there are some obvious exceptions. Fruits are tasty, nutritious, and delicious so that animals will eat them whole and poop out the seeds, preferably into some fertile soil. The seed stays intact throughout the digestive process; it is indigestible by design. No seed “wants” to be digested, because this would defeat the purpose. They “want” to be swallowed, or borne by the wind, or carried by a bee to the next flower, but they do not want to be digested.)

Some animals are clearly adapted to grain consumption. Birds, rodents, and some insects can deal with the anti-nutrients. Humans, however, cannot. Perhaps if grains represented a significant portion of our ancestral dietary history, things might be a bit different. Some of us can digest dairy, and we’ve got the amylase enzyme present in our saliva to break down starches if need be, but we simply do not have the wiring necessary to mitigate the harmful effects of lectins, gluten, and phytate.

Lectins are bad. They bind to insulin receptors, attack the stomach lining of insects, bind to human intestinal lining, and they seemingly cause leptin resistance. And leptin resistance predicts a “worsening of the features of the metabolic syndrome independently of obesity”. Fun stuff, huh?

Gluten might be even worse. Gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley, is a composite of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Around 1% of the population are celiacs, people who are completely and utterly intolerant of any gluten. In celiacs, any gluten in the diet can be disastrous. We’re talking compromised calcium and vitamin D3 levels, hyperparathyroidism, bone defects. Really terrible stuff. And it gets worse: just because you’re not celiac doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to the ravages of gluten. As Stephan highlights, one study showed that 29% of asymptomatic (read: not celiac) people nonetheless tested positive for anti-gliadin IgA in their stool. Anti-gliadin IgA is an antibody produced by the gut, and it remains there until it’s dispatched to ward off gliadin – a primary component of gluten. Basically, the only reason anti-gliadin IgA ends up in your stool is because your body sensed an impending threat – gluten. If gluten poses no threat, the anti-gliadin IgA stays in your gut. And to think, most Americans eat this stuff on a daily basis.

Phytates are a problem, too, because they make minerals bio-unavailable (so much for all those healthy vitamins and minerals we need from whole grains!), thus rendering null and void the last, remaining argument for cereal grain consumption.

What, then, is the point to all this grain madness? Is there a good reason for anyone (with access to meat, fruit, and vegetables, that is) to rely on cereal grains for a significant portion of their caloric intake?

The answer is unequivocally, undeniably no. We do not need grains to survive, let alone thrive. In fact, they are naturally selected to ward off pests, whether they be insects or hominids. I suggest we take the hint and stop eating them.

And with that, I’m done. I don’t think I could eat another bite.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. http://www.outlawfitnesshq.com/why-grains-and-gluten-arent-bad-for-you read this article, and how it totally owns this pseudo scientific garbage.

    Truth Hurts wrote on July 16th, 2012
  2. Frankly, I don’t get the point of any of this.

    Not to be a party-pooper but as Rodney Dangerfield once remarked, “Even if I eat real healthy & take excellent care of myself, one day I’m going to get very sick and die.”

    My point is if you are in good general health, (don’t have celiac or other food allergies) lean, athletic, good vital signs, blood pressure, etc (I am), what is the point of denying yourself simple pleasure like an occassional piece of toast, pizza, pasta, etc?

    I found this site in my quest to solve a life-long insomnia problem. As a process of elimination I have eliminated all wheat, pasta and dairy.

    Frankly, I dont feel any different and feel resentful that I can’t have the foods that satisfy me.

    Again, I don’t get the point of these extreme dietary views…nobody is getting out of this alive…no matter how “healthy” you eat…

    Mark wrote on July 19th, 2012
  3. Yes ! As well as fantastic nutritious qualities Grains do have a protective reproductive shield that can be damaging to our human digestive systems. But the good news is that these damaging properties are greatly removed ( No longer needed ) once the growing propagation process has begun. The answer ? If you really must have grains then why not germinate them for 2-3 days. It may be better to eat a healthy living grain than …. a Dormant Toxic One .

    A charde

    Raw Natural wrote on July 31st, 2012
  4. Just a note. As to wondering why grains are on the food pyramid. Someone may have already said this, but the comments are so long it would take me a month to read thru them. Anyway, grains are on the Department of Agriculture Food Pyramid BECAUSE THE FARM LOBBY IS EXTREMELY POWERFUL IN THIS COUNTRY. If nobody ate grains, where would Iowa be?!?!?

    JERRY MCMURRY wrote on August 17th, 2012
    • It still be the place where everyone has given up on their dreams.

      Mark wrote on January 13th, 2013
  5. I think that today (modern day) most people are also eating a lot more convenient foods…. The processed foods that were not available back in the caveman days….. The processed foods are so full of chemicals, maybe that is why we are in a health crisis….These chemicals causing cancer and all sorts of other health related issues. Dairy is bad for you because it is processed…. raw milk may be a little dangerous, but i hear it is better for you than milk u buy in a store…. We need o get rid of all this processed crap people are eating… maybe that is the reason we have intestinal problems, asthma, allergies, etc….

    tammy wrote on August 18th, 2012
  6. Your site wins the award: WARNING – Dietary information on this site could be harmful to your health and wellness!
    Avoid grains in your diet? Good grief… Another site promulgating nutritional myths. Stamp out this growing and misleading myth !!
    The examples you gave supporting not eating grains are as weak and misleading as the facts that you presented.
    Consider, some grains offer excellent sources of antioxidants ( black n kidney beans) in addition to high fiber. Oh yeah, the recommended amount of daily fiber is over 35gr which a minority of people consume. Replacing meat and dairy products with grain products (not processes) will improve your health and wellness. The list of benefits of grains in ones diet was not properly outlined nor explained. Everyone, talk to a dietician or nutritionist and ignore quack websites that spread nutrition myths like this one!

    Ken wrote on September 2nd, 2012
    • Your comment is a real wealth of misinformation. Black and kidney beans are grains? News to me. Talk to a nutritionist? Seriously? They are still promoting the same bad advice they were promoting 75 years ago. If you want a load of real dietary quackery, talk to a traditional nutritionist.

      Fact is, most if not all grains are now genetically modified to maximize profit but not health. They also directly contribute to weight gain if not burned off as energy by a WHOLE LOT of exercise. If you think that old, erroneous food pyramid (that promotes many servings of grains and dairy) is such a good idea, perhaps you can explain why so many people who adhere to traditional diets are fat and unhealthy.

      Shary wrote on September 2nd, 2012
      • I have been researching it a little bit now, and I think that the whole genetically modified reasoning is actually one of the better reasons not to eat the grains. It seems that when the problems started.

        Mark wrote on January 13th, 2013
  7. Oats! They’re so tasty & satisfying when cooked up just right. But they can cause explosive farting for so many hours afterwards that you can’t get any sleep, even if you ate them for breakfast. Of course it isn’t like this for everyone. Who knew?!

    Judy wrote on September 10th, 2012
  8. The three most genetically engineered crops are corn, soy, and wheat. Wheat is actually considered a poison and it has been genetically tampered with, according to the information on this weblink: naturalnews.com/037133_wheat_gluten_poison.html

    Soy should be consumed only if fermented as in miso soup or Korean fermented bean paste soup/stew. Here’s information about why unfermented soy is bad for human health (Frankencorn is also mentioned here in which 100% of it is GMO): http://www.naturalnews.com/036736_GMOs_drought_corn.html

    I will be giving a presentation at a health center about GMOs/GEOs and it will be packed with information, most of it substantiated by peer reviewed research/journals. A lot of the research is deliberately withheld or buried because it negatively affects the perception of powerful companies and groups that care about people only as commodities; and consequently the truth affects their profits.

    egm wrote on September 11th, 2012
  9. Hello,

    I eat grains, breads, and cereals all the time everyday I would say >150grams per day.
    I am very fit, I have no gastro issues, no significant health issues, and I feel great.

    Based on your article heading “why grains are unhealthy” and your book as well, why should I stop eating carbohydrates?

    I can understand some people cant metabolise them as well as others, but you are suggesting that EVERYONE should eliminate them.

    I mean, you dislike that the national guidelines encourage everyone to eat grains, and now you are encouraging everyone to not eat them.

    Why aren’t we informing people that some can tolerate grains/carbs and some people cannot, rather than still telling people misleading information?

    JD wrote on September 12th, 2012
  10. The original diet is fruits, grains and nuts. That is how God designed it from the beginning. We shouldn’t even be eating meat. Fast food is making people fat and all the crap that they’re putting in our foods like msg, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup. All poison!

    Tina wrote on October 13th, 2012
  11. You are totally inaccurate and deluded.

    R. Groth wrote on October 18th, 2012
  12. Very well written. Since cutting back on all grains I have found an energy level not felt since my early 20′s.

    Joel wrote on October 21st, 2012
  13. I love/hate your blog, and I am sure that you adore that reaction.

    I personally find all of the above reasons moot points for me. I am 31 years of age with an 18.5 percent BMI. My bristol scale is terrific. I have an incredibly high water, raw food, fat, meat, and veggie intake. I drink two cups of black coffee daily (my choice) and eat a single serving of properly prepared grains of primarily the oat, and spelt varieties (also my choice). I feel AMAZING! I do not have headaches, chronic fatigue, or anything hinting that I struggle with grain consumption. The mass majority of my dairy is a cultured, raw kefir, and the only other beverage I drink other than water and coffee is my brewed kombucha. I have gone weeks without grain, and felt no difference or improvement. Can someone for the life of me tell me why I should believe that paleo is the way, the truth and the life.

    I would seriously love other reasons.

    I am just not buying it.

    Now what I do agree with is that the public is primarily clueless how to care for their bodies, and for that reason I love ya! I really do!

    But why the ultimatum?

    Thanks for your time,
    Danielle

    Danielle Kyle wrote on October 21st, 2012
  14. Citing a study and then using a part of it to support your claims, while considering another part complete rubbish makes for a poor argument.

    Dan wrote on October 27th, 2012
  15. i think you have to look at the 192 countries in the world how do they advertise food how do they accept it, its doesnt take a rocket scientist to work out the americans are on huge portions and the japanese are eating rice and fish and outlive everyone this seems down to diet i think brits jut need to re educate as people are stuck in there ways we need more smoothie bars in towns and cities not mcdonalds an cake shops this is down to government aswell

    mikey jones wrote on November 5th, 2012
  16. All very well but I just had an Indian and had some naan bread. And it was well nice.

    Marc wrote on November 6th, 2012
  17. From what I’ve read about grains in the recent scientific literature, it seems that grains are really good for you, and form a big part of a healthy diet. I was wondering whether there were any peer-reviewed articles that anyone could point me to, to suggest that grains are actually unhealthy? I see that Mark has put across his personal testimony of how they affect him, but it seems that you’d need a heap of really good research to counter all the evidence based pro-grain literature that is currently floating around. Any further reading would be much appreciated (not blogs or opinions, just scientific, peer-reviewed articles please).

    Emma wrote on November 8th, 2012
  18. hi there mark — i was just wondering, having been reading a lot of your stuff and recently made a switch independently to 50% raw foods, what your stance is on the theory that it was our increased use of carbs as fuel that, by offering a faster energy source, directly contributed to the increased brain size and intelligence that we have now?

    harry wrote on November 9th, 2012
  19. You need to deepen your research on humans of the Paleolithic age. They DID gather and consume grains and legumes. Not that I consider gluten to be good for me in particular, but it’s always good to understand the TRUTHFUL reasons to observe one’s dietary restrictions.

    Madeline wrote on December 12th, 2012
  20. Good god. Most of the world eats grains, and as far as I can tell if eaten in moderation there’s no harm no foul. Every single one of my relatives who lived into their late 90′s eats – or ate – grains – gasp! As far as me – My 70-something parents, my brother and I eat predominately South Indian & Medteranean style food – fish, grains, beans, and lots of veg. We are all thin and healthy and none of us take any medications or have any health issues.

    I am boggled by the USA’s approach to food, which treats it alternately as either medicine or threat. Food is food. Enjoy it, eat it with others, eat everything in moderation, and stop fretting about toxicities or imagined threats.

    Now there are people with honest-to-god food allergies and intolerances. That’s different. Far be it from me to tell a celiac to eat wheat, for example. But most of this stuff for most of the population is just trendy nonsense.

    Diane wrote on December 21st, 2012
    • could not agree more

      dido wrote on January 3rd, 2014
  21. I watched the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ on Netflix. I’m now a vegan because of it, and now you guys are telling me to not eat grains and beans. Where do you think I should get my proteins? I really do not want to eat meat because of the harmful health issues associated with it.

    van wrote on December 28th, 2012
  22. Just read the wheat blog. Did not see any references or scientific studies-did I miss them? If so please point them out.

    I do not eat meat and I hate vegetables. Where does that leave me?

    Teresa wrote on January 1st, 2013
  23. More misinformation. I’m appalled at the level of ignorance of the author, this article (and the entire site) really is a disservice to everyone.

    None wrote on January 3rd, 2013
  24. So I came across this article linked from another site. I have been doing CrossFit and Paleo for the past six months now. I am down 55 lbs and 5 pants sizes. And I feel good. But I am not convinced on the whole grains are evil thing. Vegans have almost the exact same argument about meat. (I like Paleo way better than Veganism by the way.) So I asked a buddy who is a R.D. about the whole phytic acid thing. He said that it is a real thing, but eating Vitamin C can counteract that by making the nutrients more bioavailable. I’d love to get your thoughts.

    Mark wrote on January 13th, 2013
  25. First the public is told that eating whole grains is good for them. Now the public is told that eating grains isn’t good for them. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What do you believe?

    I think the best way to find out if grains, or any food for that matter, is or isn’t right for your body is to work with a nutritionist who can tell you what to eat. Then again, if she says, “You need to eat animal protein,” and you’re a vegetarian, you’re back at square one.

    Sigh.

    Now I need to do some research of my own because I eat grains, albeit not every day, but I do eat them.

    Amandah wrote on January 20th, 2013
  26. Years ago during the Atkins craze, I tried it and felt miserable. Now, my Naturopath put me on a no-grains diet (I’m a vegan now). And just like before I feel miserable, have no energy, and have actually gained 5 lbs. I think it’s possible that some people feel better without grains… but I feel like my body was made to eat them. So bring on the rice, quinoa, corn, and spelt please!

    Laura wrote on January 22nd, 2013
    • Laura, how long did you try the “no grains” diet? If it was less than 2-3 weeks, please look up “low carb flu” and try it again. Coming off a high grain/high carb diet can cause a lot of ill feelings, but once those go away, most people (like, 99.9%) feel great.

      Karen C. wrote on January 22nd, 2013
  27. If you buy into this article, then you deserve the consequences. I’m not going to cite a bunch of sources to back my statement (that’s your job, and frankly, it’s your right to believe whatever you want), but this article, as a whole, is far from totally accurate. Whole quality grains are healthy and good for most people. They provide nutrition, energy, and fiber. And grains are not served as sticks and twigs as described in the article. This author has some key points, but don’t believe everything he says. He’s on a mission, and that mission is to say controversial things, get attention, and make money. Nothing wrong with that. We all need money. But just think for yourself and decide if full grain exclusion is sensible.

    Kevin JS wrote on January 25th, 2013
  28. READ THIS BOOK…

    WHEAT BELLY, by Dr. William Davis…

    you will be amazed …

    Sage wrote on February 11th, 2013
  29. Read this book, you will be amazed…

    “WHEAT BELLY,” by Dr. William Davis

    Thank you…
    Sage

    Sage wrote on February 11th, 2013
  30. Read this book… you will be amazed…

    WHEAT BELLY, by Dr. William Davis…

    thank you,
    Sage

    Sage wrote on February 11th, 2013
  31. Hi..

    Wow.. Lots of information.. I’ve lost 141 pounds – more healthy but I realize that grain is not good for us..

    I’m curious that is lentils or chickpea or any beans part of grain? or legume?

    I know that they are part of legume but I’m just want to make sure..

    What about couscous? It is part of wheat.. is that right?

    you mentioned that we are allowed to eat grains once a while..

    I grew up on a farm.. Now everything makes sense..

    Thank you for sharing it with us and look forward to your response..

    Sonia

    Sonia wrote on February 15th, 2013
  32. I refer vegans and vegetarians to this article anytime they say grains are healthy and that we need them in our diets. It irks me to no end… but I guess they don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t realize their baseline of wellness could increase significantly by switching to Paleo/Primal. I’ve never felt better in my life. It’s the best decision I ever made and only took me (nearly) 28 years of my life to get there.

    Anyone have suggestions on how to ward off non-Paleo/Primal believers? I’ve had an impression on a number of individuals who are jumping into the Paleo world, but still have some who adamently oppose it.

    Ann wrote on February 19th, 2013
  33. Hi!

    I found interesting the topic of not-eating-grains. However, we believe, fermentation does break down much of gluten, so is quite safe to eat.
    We are eating sourdough bread and my husband who had before always complains for digestion, feel just fine. Otherwise, my son is celiac, so I`m transforming his standard celiac-diet for a better one.

    Susan wrote on February 21st, 2013
  34. I looked at the wikipedia-site for grains and a few of them are in my regular diet. Lentils, quinoa and chickpeas. Do they fall in the category of unhealthy grains or can i continue to eat them?

    Sami Santorp wrote on February 26th, 2013
  35. As with all things, I’m sure much of it is done to create jobs & industry. Government makes people ill by promoting foods that mess with our body, we are then forced to pay big pharma to cure us. Natural diets can prevent & even cure disease, but it’s got to the point that no one can afford to eat natural. Going organic or gluten free etc costs much more these days than the pills big pharma will prescribe to treat certain conditions you may get from not being able to afford to eat healthy organic or gluten free! It’s shameful what humanity is allowed to do to their fellow human being purely for self gain.

    Louise wrote on March 8th, 2013
  36. We should argue on the internet about this. Nothing more productive than internet arguing. If you doubt the claims of the article – do your own research, try living this way for a month or two and see how you feel. I agree nobody should swallow every idea on the internet hook line and sinker but I question the intelligence of anybody that doesn’t apply the same scrutiny to any claim made by the media, the government or pharma/biotech.

    Take your own health seriously – make up your own mind. All the papers and proof in the world wouldn’t change my mind about this lifestyle. I lived for nearly 10 years thinking I had Crohn’s disease because numerous GI doctors wouldn’t even entertain the idea that it could be gluten. When you go from filling a toilet bowl with blood to feeling 18 again because of lifestyle change like this you know better than to question the results.

    I don’t press this lifestyle on anybody in my life, but when they ask how I went from a chronically ill 330 lb man to a picture of health 225lb man (I’m 6’5″) I tell the truth. To hell with them if they don’t listen.

    Is it for everybody? Nope. Is it for me? yep. Is it for you? Find out for yourself.

    Furinol wrote on March 18th, 2013
  37. I have been on this diet for 3 days now and I just realized that the argument for not eating grains is that they are seeds. Because seeds have protective mechanisms like pyruvate and etc, we should avoid them right?
    Wouldn’t the same go for nuts like almonds, peas, walnuts and etc since they are still seeds of a plant??

    Am I missing something? Someone help me out please

    Dave wrote on March 26th, 2013
  38. This is going to sound crazy to everyone, and I hope that some good ideas come forth. I feel so much better eating wheat than not. I have a severely impaired GI tract- motility is basically non-existent. Diagnoses are: gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP), colonic inertia, and anismus. Additionally, the anatomy of my stomach and small intestine has been drastically altered as a result of the disease process. I had my colon completely removed at the age of 21 (now 27). I went paleo and gluten free for years and experienced NO improvement of symptoms. Granted, my health problems will not and cannot be solved by diet, but by trial and error, I have discovered the “good” foods (the ones my system tolerates), and the “bad” foods (the ones that will level me for weeks). With any type of rice, I get a ton of bloating and gas, and it’s constipating like nobody’s business. Wheat causes me none of the above problems. In fact, my gut actually functions better when I eat it. I haven’t touched soy or dairy in over a decade (been sick A LONG time!). I was grain-free for over two years, and honestly never found it harder to have a BM. Literally, no stool would pass. Add a backed-up problem to a gut that is already very, very slow…let’s just say it’s a world of pain. I have had every celiac test under the sun- results are all negative; every scope is abnormal as a result of the disease process. Tested negative for every autoimmune condition under the sun. My diet is mainly lean proteins (chicken, turkey; can only handle red meat on occasion- usually bison) and certain fruits and vegetables; one serving of grain (again, wheat settles the best- weird, I know). I’m not asking anyone to try to solve my extensive GI pathology (this is a progressive condition), just looking for ideas as to why my gut functions and feels so much better on wheat. It’s not a temporary “high”, like what can occur when you crave the foods you’re allergic to. My elimination diets have been conducted systematically and over a period of years.

    Allie wrote on March 26th, 2013
  39. Ok. I understand the idea’s presented, but people have been eating grains for a very long time. If they were so toxic wouldn’t we have died off by now? Also grain are not the only foods that contain toxins. All you have to do is eat the wrong fish once and your dead. The problem with diabeties is the fact that we add sugers to grains, Instead of simply taking out the toxins threw cooking and mealing. To me there is no real reason to not eat grains. Yes the FDA has there priorities in the wrong places. Yes Americans consume way to many carbs mostly from bread. But there is no place to say you should not eat grains. Beans and rice is the only reason why most of the world servives, and the rice plays an equal part to the beans. P.S. Some beans (legumes) are also toxic if not cooked.

    chris wrote on March 30th, 2013
  40. Interesting and entertaining article, however, regarding your comment on dairy… some of us may be able to “tolerate” it, but no human on the planet has the enzymes necessary to break down casein so we are unable to fully digest it and it has even more dire consequences than the dreaded grain has. If you have not already read it you may find T. Colin Campbell’s work “The China Study” informative. This esteemed research scientist spent 40 years researching the subject.
    In any case, a predominantly plant based diet is the way to go. That, however, does not necessarily include grains, of course.

    Judie wrote on April 2nd, 2013

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