Are grains saving your life — or trying to kill you? This is the last article you’ll need to read on the subject.
Quick: How do you feel about grains?
Are they an essential food group that makes up the foundation of a nutritious diet?
Or are they evil little packages of carbs and toxins out to make you fat and inflamed, and slowly kill you?
This discussion is one of the great nutrition debates of our time.
In one camp are vegans, vegetarians, and macrobiotic dieters, who eat a ton of whole grains. They say grains will help them live longer and healthier, free of chronic disease. Indeed, a recent news item seized on a fresh Harvard studyconnecting grains with lower risk of death.
In the opposing camp, you’ve got the Paleo, Whole30, and Atkins advocates, who strictly limit or even completely avoid grains. They say not eating grains will help them live longer and healthier, free of chronic disease. They dominate plenty of news, too.
Celiac disease has gone up over the last 60 years, which has given rise to a gluten-fearing food subculture (and the booming gluten-free marketplace to match). Tens of millions of North Americans now conduct grain-free experiments on themselves and read bestsellers like Wheat Belly.
As a result, many people now say they feel better when they limit or cut out one or more grains.
And, most importantly, should you eat grains?
Let’s iron it out once and for all.
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Notes from Tay:
1. Do not be scared of grains… Good quality WHOLE GRAINS (Quinoa/Amaranth/Brown Rice/Kamut/etc) can help supplement our diets if sprinkled in when necessary.
2. They should never make up the majority of our daily caloric intake!
3. Carbohydrates should make up about 60% of our daily intake (Am I contradicting the statement from above? NO!)… Don’t forget that Fruits and Veggies are carbs too!! Focus on filling up with those primarily and then fill in the gaps with whole grains if necessary.
4. Some people tolerate gains better than others.. listen to your body… if you feel crappy (headache/bloating/etc.) after eating some rice, don’t eat rice again. It is as simple as that!
5. Get out of your comfort zone and try cooking with uncommon grains (Amaranth/Buckwheat/Quinoa/Teff/Brown Rice/etc.)
Questions? Email Tayler@Crossfitstapleton.com