Whole grain foods: Are they really better for you?

whole grain foods, gluten, high blood sugar, wheat allergy, nutrition, refined grain

How many statements have we heard about whole grain foods being healthy? Quite a few. Medical professionals have talked about its health benefits so many times, it must be true? Right?

Why would those in the health industry try to mislead us or not know all the facts? Or, is there just so much misinformation out there, no one knows exactly what to believe, anymore? If you hear someone say something good about wheat, there’s also someone who says the opposite.

I have struggled to find out why I didn’t feel good and was overweight for decades. Later, when I read another best selling book, I rethought eating the American way.

Then, I went back and forth. I rethought grain and starch. I went back and forth with it, many times. It was really confusing, like I kept spinning my wheels going around in circles.

What I did through my own experimentation was to eliminate certain foods (for a few days or so) I suspected were culprit. Then, I reintroduced them later to verify if they were those foods which had a bad effect on me or not.

The common knowledge is now out there, due to the internet. I discovered similar animals eat the same. For example, horses and cattle graze. They eat grains, grasses and their seeds.

I feel much better without junk food, bread, rice, and potatoes. Try doing without them for a while, and see if you start feeling better, too.

As apes eat fruits and plant based food, I would think we should too. Why? We are almost exactly the same (genetically) as chimps. They rarely eat meat, usually eating different fruits they can get their hands on, but primarily eat fruit which is easily available in season, maybe one or two types.

Did you know that grain isn’t nearly as nutritious as fruits and vegetables? Matter of fact, some breakfast cereals must be fortified. I know I always felt hungrier soon after eating cold cereal, cookies and crackers. Refined carbohydrates act just like sugar. Both raise your triglycerides as well as blood sugar.

If you just have to have your grain, apparently it’s better for you to eat it whole or intact. For example, try eating corn off the cob and eat brown rice. It has been researched that consuming refined grains (such as pies, cakes, pizza, bread, cereal, cookies, crackers, etc.) is directly associated with metabolic syndrome. [NIH 1]

NIH definition: “Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke” URL nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome#Signs,-Symptoms,-and-Complications.


1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15536473
Website TitleEuropean journal of clinical nutrition.
Publication MonthMarch
Publication Year2005
Article TitleWhole-grain consumption and the metabolic syndrome: a favorable association in Tehranian adults.
Date AccessedDecember 17, 2017

Note- contact your doctor before you change your diet.

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