The Problem with Grains
Books like Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and diets like the Paleo diet have put a lot of focus on grains these days. Since there’s a lot of information to sift through, and we’ve always been told that grains are healthy, it’s hard for some to understand what the problem is with grains. So here are the issues in a nutshell.
First, some of the grains raised commercially are grown from GMO seed (although they are in minimal amounts and we aren’t talking about wheat here to be clear), then subjected to a ton of pesticides and herbicides. Additionally, they’re grown in soil that has been depleted, so the resulting grains have far less nutritional value than they’re supposed to.
All of these things add up to a food that has less nutrition and far more toxic ingredients. The result is the prevalence of celiac disease, wheat allergy, inflammation and other immune and digestive issues.
If you eat grains, stick to non-wheat grains, those raised organically and those grown from unmodified seed.
The Problem With Wheat
For starters… the gluten contained in wheat products can cause or contribute to digestive disorders and joint problems. If you suffer with these conditions, a wheat-free diet may be cure or relieve your uncomfortable symptoms.
Here’s where I may get your attention…
Cutting wheat out of your eating plan can also help you shed those unwanted pounds. Wheat often times causes inflammation due to sensitivity, which will in turn make your body retain water and will contribute to weight gain.
Fun Fact… Eating the wrong food can actually produce a temporary high, as such found in opioid drugs like morphine. After this feeling wears off, you crave the same food in order to get another euphoric experience again.
I can’t say I NEVER eat wheat, but it certainly never comes into my house. I instead eat it during “cheat”meals or when I am at other people’s houses and am too hungry to pass it up 😉