Just as a comparison:
Meat/dairy receive almost 74% of the subsidies while fruit/vegetables receive 0.4%. Grains receive about 13% and sugar/alcohol/oil/starch receives almost 13%. (Mercola)
I find it interesting that the nutrition group that we should eat more of receives the least amount of money from the government. Hm, if the government really cared about our health you’ll think they would support the fruit and vegetable growers more. Think about this next time you’ll get a nutrition advise from the government.
“I believe many of our society’s chronic health problems could be resolved if attention was paid, at the highest levels of government, to the root problem – our agricultural subsidies.
They could promote the growing and eating of healthier foods like fruits and vegetables by offering greater subsidies, which would significantly drive down the cost of those foods—but they don’t. Instead, US food subsidies have, and still are, creating a diet excessively high in factory-farmed meats, grains and sugars, with very little fresh fruits and vegetables or healthy fats from nuts and seeds.” Mercola
I’m not going to lie, I have always loved bread and all the other things that include grains. Yes, that means cookies and cakes too. I switched to “healthy” whole grains when I became aware of the negative effects of refined grains. I thought I was being healthy by making whole grain muffins, banana bread, waffles, and oat meal cookies for the family.
Healthy or not?
I thought I was eating pretty well. I mean, grains provide energy, iron, fibers, and B-vitamins so we are told to eat several servings daily. Interestingly enough, more and more people are drastically turning their health around by not eating grains. How can so many people feel healthier without grains?
Do we really need grains?
So, the question is, do we really need the grains? I guess it depends on who you listen to, if you listen to the government you learn that you need plenty of grains. If you do your own research you’ll you realize that you’ll do fine without grains. Robb Wolf wrote something interesting in his book The Paleo Solution, he said that there are no such thing as essential carbohydrates. It’s true when you think about, we discuss essential amino acids and essential fatty acids but not essential carbohydrates. Essential fatty acids and essential amino acids need to be provided because the body cannot produce them.
|Our food pyramid|
|The Swedish food circle|
Can we successfully remove the grains from the diet and still live a healthy life? You’ll bet we can, and we will actually be healthier without them. As mentioned above, there are no such thing as essential carbohydrates. It is possible for our bodies to make the needed carbohydrates from fat and protein. Robb Wolf talks about how it is better if we can make the body to run on fat . He says we should just provide enough carbohydrates to meet the needs of the glucose-dependent tissues. The brain uses glucose as fuel but it doesn’t mean we need to eat lots of carbohydrates. The best is to reduce the body’s total need for carbohydrates to protect it from blood sugar crashes. We should eat fruit and vegetables instead of grains.
First of all, grains don’t want to be digested since their job is to protect the reproduction of it’s kind. Grains contain the anti-nutrients phytates. They tightly bind to metal ions such as iron, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper because the grains need them for development and growth of the grain. It is important that germination happens when it is supposed to. When we ingest the grains, they phytates are still active and bind to calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. As you can see, this means that we don’t absorb those nutrients when we consume the grains.
- Grains damage the gut lining which means that we don’t absorb nutrients whether they are minerals, vitamins, protein, fats, or carbohydrates.
- When the body doesn’t absorb fats and fat soluble nutrients such as A,D, K and other nutrients, then you have a hard time utilizing the few minerals that you may absorb. This leads to damage to the gall bladder and bile production.
- A damaged gut lining can lead to autoimmunity and cancer. We suffer a high risk of autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and several cancers. The pancreas is suffering from grain-induced inflammation which may be the potential cause of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. Depression, lupus, autism, narcolepsy, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, infertility, schizophrenia are just a few conditions associated with a leaky gut.
Soaking and fermenting grains