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Against The Grain
Posted by Robert Redfern on 10 August 2012 01:44 PM

Against  The  Grain  
The  Top  20  Reasons  Why  Eating  Grains  and  Cereals  Will  Make  You  Sick  (and  May  Shorten  
Your  Life)! 

White  rice,  white  bread  and  white  pasta  are  all  grains  we  know  to  avoid  because  they’re  not  
part  of  a  healthy  lifestyle.  These  grains  are  basically  nothing  but  sugar,  leading  to  unstable  
blood  sugar  levels.  They  are  refined,  processed  and  without  fiber.  Whole  grains  and  cereals  are  
different  though,  because  they  are  after  all  whole  grains,  right?  
 This  is  what  we  are  led  to  believe  for  various  reasons,  some  of  them  monetary.  Whole  grains  
are  actually  very  similar  to  the  more  refined  grains  mentioned  earlier.  This  is  due  to  the  way  
they  are  both  processed.  Steel  roller  mills  grind  all  grains  down  to  consistently  small  fragments,  
with  the  whole  grain  fragments  not  being  much  different  than  those  produced  from  white  flour.    
We  need  to  avoid  any  and  all  grains  as  they  are  associated  with  many  health  complications  and  
diseases.  Let’s  take  a  look  at  the  top  twenty  reasons  why  we  should  eliminate  these  foods  right  
Top  Twenty  Reasons  
1. A  High  Glycemic  Index       According  to  the  glycemic  index  is  a  system  that  ranks  foods  by  the  speeds  
at  which  their  carbohydrates  are  converted  into  glucose  in  the  body;  or  to  put  it  more  
simply,  a  measure  of  the  effects  of  foods  on  blood-­‐sugar  levels.  All  grains  rank  high  on  the  
index,  meaning  they  raise  blood  sugar  quickly  as  opposed  to  a  slow  sustained  release  of  
sugar.  High  blood  sugar  levels  are  linked  to  a  multitude  of  chronic  diseases.    
2. Mycotoxins    
Mycotoxins  are  poisonous  substances  produced  by  fungi  which  grow  in  yeast  and  mold.  
Grains  contain  mycotoxins  and  these  toxins  are  linked  to  numerous  diseases.  
3. Inflammation    
A  proper  essential  fatty  acid  ratio  is  imperative  to  good  health.  Grains  contain  an  improper  
balance  of  omegas-­‐3s  to  omega-­‐6s,  leading  to  inflammation.  This  inflammation  is  further  
exacerbated  by  the  fatty  spreads  we  put  on  our  grains.    
4. Acid-­‐Forming     Our  body  is  naturally  alkaline.  To  remain  alkaline  we  require  the  majority  of  our  foods  to  be  
alkaline-­‐forming.  Grains  are  acid-­‐forming  and  acidifying  to  our  body,  leading  to  calcium  loss  
in  the  urine  and  an  increased  risk  of  osteoporosis.  When  our  body  becomes  too  acid,  
acidosis  sets  in,  bringing  with  it  many  health  concerns. 

5. Overgrowth  of  Unfriendly  Bacteria  in  the    Gut   An  overabundance  of  sugar  from  consuming  grains  feeds  the  unfriendly  bacteria  in  our  
intestinal  tract.  In  the  proper  amounts  these  bacteria  are  necessary;  however,  in  abundance  
they  create  illness.    
6. Displaces  other  more  nutrient-­‐dense  foods       Fruits   and   vegetables   contain   an   abundance   of   vitamins,   minerals,   antioxidants   and  
phytochemicals  which  are  lacking  in  grains.    
7. Fiber  Content   Fruits  contain  twice  as  much  fiber  as  grains;  non-­‐starchy  vegetables  supply  8  times  more  
8. Poor  Source  of  Vitamins     Grains  contain  no  vitamin  C  or  B12  and  contain  only  trace  amounts  of  folate  and  biotin,  
another  B  vitamin.  Vitamin  C  is  a  powerful  antioxidant  and  low  levels  of  B12  and  folate  lead  
to  increased  levels  of  the  amino  acid  homocysteine,  increasing  the  risk  of  heart  disease.  
9. Provides  No  Calcium  
Grains  contain  no  calcium  and  form  an  insoluble  complex  with  calcium.  Along  with  grain’s  
high   levels   of   phosphorus   this   leads   to   a   low   calcium/phosphorus   ratio.   High   levels   of  
phosphorus  speed  up  bone  loss.  
Antinutrients  are  chemicals  that  prevent  absorption  of  minerals and nutrients,  damage  the  gastrointestinal  
tract  and  affect  immune  system  function.    
10. Inhibits  Vitamin  Absorption     Pyridoxine  glucosides  block  the  absorption  of  B  vitamins  in  the  intestines,  including  B6,  
which  is  also  related  to  increased  levels  of  homocysteine.  Vitamin  D  metabolism  is  inhibited  
by  the  consumption  of  grains,  reducing  calcium  absorption.    
11. Inhibits  Mineral  Absorption  
Phytates  chemically  bond  the  iron,  zinc,  copper  and  calcium  within  grains,  blocking  their  
absorption  during  the  digestion  process.    
12. Enzyme  Inhibitors  
Enzyme  inhibitors  suppress  the  enzymes  you  need  to  digest  food,  compromising    
digestion  and  placing  stress  on  the  pancreas.

13. Acrylamide    
A  chemical  created  in  some  foods,  usually  starches,  when  using  high  heat  or  extended  
cooking  times.  Baking  bread  is  a  good  example.    
Diseases  and  Disorders    
14. Glutinous  proteins    
Glutinous  proteins  are  found  in  grains.  These  are  responsible  for  food  allergies,  intolerances  
and  sensitivities.    
15. Celiac  Disease     Celiac  disease  is  a  genetic  autoimmune  disease  affecting  the  small  intestine.  It  may  be  
triggered  by  eating  too  many  grains  early  in  life  or  a  traumatic  event  creating  stress  in  the  
body.  Celiac  disease  causes  great  distress  to  the  immune  system  and  can  be  life-­‐threatening.  
The  only  “cure”  for  celiac  disease  is  to  completely  avoid  gluten.    
16. Dermatitis  Herpetiformis     Dermatitis   herpetiformis   is   the   skin   form   of   celiac   disease.   Avoiding   gluten   completely  
applies  here  too.    
17. Hashimoto’s  Disease     Hashimoto’s  disease  is  also  an  auto-­‐immune  disorder.  It  affects  the  thyroid.  Gluten  must  be  
18. Lectins  and  Leaky  Gut  Syndrome   Lectins   are   proteins   in   grains   which   are   indigestible.   Instead   of   being   absorbed,   these  
proteins  attach  to  cells  in  the  intestines,  increasing  intestinal  permeability  and  allowing  
partially  undigested  food  proteins  and  undesirable  bacteria  to  enter  the  bloodstream.  This  
is  a  condition  known  as  leaky  gut  syndrome.  A  leaky  gut  confuses  the  immune  system,  
causing  it  to  attack  the  body’s  own  tissues.    
19. Autism     This  condition  sees  significant  improvement  on  a  gluten-­‐free  diet.  
20. Schizophrenia      
Wheat   may   contain   a   narcotic-­‐like   substance   that   affects   behavior.   Removing   gluten-­‐
containing  grains  decreases  schizophrenic  episodes.  
 Health  Complications    
Some  of  the  health  complications  already  mentioned  and  others  associated  with  consuming  
grains  are:
Heart  Disease   • Certain  cancers   • High  blood  pressure   • Increased  risk  of  kidney  stones   • Aggravated  asthma   • Vitamin/mineral  deficiencies   • Anemia   • Hyperinsulinemia   • Osteoporosis   • Adult-­‐onset  diabetes   • Weight  gain   • Increased  triglycerides   • Insomnia   • Stroke   • Epilepsy  attacks  
Eliminating  grains  and  replacing  them  with  more  low  sugar  fruits  and  non-­‐starchy  vegetables  
will  lead  to  better  health.  This  can  sometimes  leave  a  void  where  grains  used  to  be.  Are  there  
any  alternatives?  
Alternative  Grains  
 Alternative   grains   are   foods   thought   of   and   used   as   grains,   but   are   actually   seeds.   These  
substitutions  are  healthy,  nutritious  and  gluten-­‐free.  
They  are:   • Quinoa   • Amaranth   • Buckwheat  
These  can  be  enjoyed  in  recipes  you  currently  make  with  grains.  Get  creative  with  these  new  
foods  and  they  will  open  up  a  whole  new  world  of  flavors  and  foods.  
To  Summarize:  
Eliminate  all  grains   • Increase,  dark skinned fruits and berries, and  non-­‐starchy  vegetables   • Replace  grains  and  experiment  with  alternative  grains  
That’s  it! Live  long  and  be  grain  free!

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