Understanding Grains

Grains (even whole ones) can lead to poor health

Symptoms of Eating Too Many Starches

• Poor digestion

• Flare-ups

• Inflammation

• Vitamin B Deficiency

• Mineral Deficiency

• Celiac Disease (inability to digest gluten)

Since the 1980’s we have been told to eat more bread. Lots of whole wheat products, rice cakes and whole-wheat type cereals were strongly encouraged. Dutifully, many of us obeyed. So why are we getting so unhealthy? Aren’t these foods healthy? Shouldn’t we see a decrease in obesity and poor health?

The biggest problem is the way that grains are processed. Years ago, our ancestors understood the importance of fermenting grains before baking. Delicious sour-dough bread is a good example of this. In Scotland oats were soaked for as long as 24 hours before cooking with water to make porridge.

The other problem is the industrial age. Everything is produced by machines in huge vats. We want it crispier, tastier, and faster. We crave convenience. No one ever stopped to consider what the consequences would be. Most of us had no clue!

A commercial comes on telling us to buy a certain cereal to work on our waistline. We never stop to ask if the cereal in the box is even healthy. Oh but wait, they tell us it’s fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals recommended by health experts. A study has proven that women who eat this cereal lost an average of 1 ½ lb. per week when part of a healthy diet. There is even a new commercial that says a kid’s cereal is now good for your immune system because it has certain vitamins. Are these different vitamins then the ones they’ve been selling to us for the last 30 years?

So you can see the problem. All this advertising and health claims never identified the real causes of disease, obesity, or poor health.

All these claims are just hype.

The real solution is to learn how to prepare them properly.

Why is this important?

Because grains such as wheat, barley, oats and corn have substances that are called anti-nutrients that can cause real problems.

They inhibit the absorption of B vitamins and minerals. They are also extremely difficult to digest, which puts a great burden on your digestive system. Over time and by not getting enough live bacteria in our foods which also aid digestion, poor health ensues. Some people really succumb and that’s when there is celiac disease.


Julianne (Australia) writes:

"I am a nutritionist. I can say definitively that the very best diet for me now is primal (meaning, she eats no grains) with a ratio of 1:1 carbs and protein and some good fats. I am 110 lbs and 5′ 2″ almost 50, I have around 80 – 100 grams of both carbs and protein a day. I supplement with a (good) multi, plus omega 3, vitamin D and probiotics.I’ve never felt better. As a result of these changes, right now I am at pretty much ideal weight, but still want to see my abs (working on it!) All the things I suffered prior to diet, exercise and supplements have gone – cravings, PMS, severe menstrual pain, low energy, excess weight, reactive hypoglycemia, pre- menopausal symptoms, constipation. Also gone swollen knees (auto-immune, vitamin D and omega 3 helped here). ALL gone.

I for one will help spread the word through my work."

So the key to good health and nutrition is to either eat very little bread and other starches. Or, learn how to soak them.

Here is a recipe for oatmeal that uses a rice cooker. It is a great way to get your grains that is almost like instant breakfast.

Learning how to prepare our food properly may seem like a lot of work. But it’s well worth it. The more we eat according to the wisdom of the past, the better off we’ll be.