7 minutes | Jun 29, 2021

Episode 63 - Are Grains Worth Eating?

Grains have formed the foundation of the human diet since the advent of civilization because they are easy to harvest and store. 

Grains include wheat, corn, rice, pasta, cereals, cooking grains (barley, millet, rye, oats, etc.), and all derivatives, such as bread, crackers, snack foods, cookies, cakes, candies, and assorted other types of processed, packaged, frozen, and fresh-baked goods

Grains have minimal nutritional value. They stimulate excess insulin production and contain antinutrients that compromise digestive and immune function, promote systemic inflammation, and inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals. 

Grains are merely a cheap source of calories that are easily converted into glucose. 

The four main antinutrients discussed in conjunction with grains are:

  • Lectins
  • Gluten
  • Phytates 
  • Saponins

Antinutrients are thought to be a significant underlying cause of gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, and indigestion; leaky gut, which triggers systemic inflammation and autoimmune reactions; and nutrient deficiencies.

The best way to test for specific food sensitivities is by eliminating the potentially harmful food(s) from the diet for a minimum of 21 days and track any changes in specific symptoms and overall health. 

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

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