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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 😉



Join the discussion 13 Comments

  • Earl says:

    Just wondering if you could provide more info on your research references..

  • Gracie says:

    Being on the swim team, I consume a high amount of grains because I need the calories. But I’m noticing that doing this does not have a,positive impact on my body or on my performance in swim practices and meets.Of I chose to lower my grain intake, which foods could I eat instead to ensure that I am still getting enough calories to fuel my body?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Flavia says:

      Hey Gracie,

      Great question. You can use sweet potatoes and quinoa. Also, make sure you have enough healthy fats in your diet for fuel. When I am trying to lose weight, I usually only have sweet potatoes and quinoa but I also have brown rice and potatoes from time-to-time.

      Use your carbs around your workouts to help with recovery as well.

      • Gracie says:

        Are beans, oats, and fruits okay to eat as a carb source? I just want to make sure th a t I am getting enough good quality calories and carbohydrates so that I can fuel my body properly.
        Thanks 🙂

  • Laura says:

    There are many concerns that I, and many others that have experience and education in the agriculture field (organic and conventional), have with the contents of the article. One of the statements is just so unfounded and blatantly false that it merits comment above all others…there is no such thing as commercially available GMO wheat. It doesn’t exist. Sorry. Even if I wanted to consume GMO wheat I, along with my fellow consumers, don’t have that option. So yes, agreed with Earl, research references would be most interesting.

    • Flavia says:

      i don’t state that there is GMO in wheat, There isn’t!

      • Laura says:

        Apologies – I jumped ahead of myself, and I’m afraid that others would too when one of your graphics on grains was a wheat head accompanied by text that indicated GMOs are causing issues and your image for this post is that of wheat products. I guess I’d ask that you take into consideration how your message gets interpreted as a whole.

      • Fran says:

        If the wheat seed is GMO, doesn’t that make the resulting wheat product GMO as well?! You are what you come from…?

  • Dan Mendilow says:

    I wish more people would know this advice and take it to heart! Wheat products aren’t just damaging because of what they have in them….most have little to no nutritional value, they block absorption of nutrients into the body, and they take up space in our bellies where there could be food that actually makes us healthier. If you have some time I think you might enjoy this link explaining more of the details of what grains do when we eat them

    thanks again for another great post!

  • Ben says:

    Nice post ! I would say that you can take balanced diet of wheat. And of course if you think you react poorly to grains, then try eliminating them from your diet and see what happens. If you feel better, then don’t eat them. And just for a reminder if you don’t eat grains, be sure you are getting the nutrients and fiber grains contain from other sources. If you notice no change or negative consequences from eating grains like decreased exercise tolerance or performance, increased hunger, constipation, then by all means include grains in your diet. I am a fitness trainer as well so, Don’t forget to visit my website to know more about diets and nutrients .


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