Top 8 Most Common Reactions to Your Grain-Free Diet
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by Mark Sisson: Rebel
Musician Goes Primal After Years of Hard Living
As I'm sure
you've seen, eyes raise and questions arise when you order a burger
wrapped in lettuce or discard a "wrap" and eat the contents. And
then, when you answer with "Oh, I don't eat grains," minds boggle
and mouths gape as they stumble to grasp the notion of someone who
doesn't eat bread or pasta. Eventually, though, they fire off responses,
challenges, questions, and proclamations. This isn't right, this
isn't possible, this doesn't agree with their idea of how people
should eat. It just isn't normal. You're not normal, and
you should be ashamed of yourself for introducing a new paradigm.
But not all are personally offended by your decision. Some are honestly
curious and flabbergasted. Some just want to know why someone
would give up grains and how they get along without them.
So, what kind
of stuff do we hear out there in the wild?
just linking to yet another MDA post, maybe on why
grains are unhealthy or how
to give them up, let's take a look at the eight most popular
and prevalent questions and then try to come up with some good responses
to them. I'll give both longer ones and succincter ones (that you
can fire off in an elevator).
is that a low-carb thing?"
represent an easy, cheap source of carbohydrates (that most sedentary
people simply don't need), they also contain "anti-nutrients," proteins
and other nutritional factors that impair digestion, perforate the
intestinal lining, increase inflammation, and can even exacerbate
or (possibly) induce auto-immune diseases. Since the purpose of
life is to reproduce and that grain has to make it into the ground
to germinate and turn into a plant, grains don't want to be eaten,
and they use the anti-nutrients to dissuade consumption in lieu
of the running, climbing, flying, crawling, biting, and stinging
that animals use to survive.
"Kinda, but it's more than that. In order to survive and spread
their genes, a grain uses anti-nutrients to dissuade animals from
eating them. Some animals have adapted quite well, but humans haven't,
so I choose not to eat them."
could never give up bread. And aren't grains the staff of life?"
For the past
several thousand years of human history, bread has been a staple
food. The ancient Egyptians baked it. The Greeks and Romans made
it. You probably grew up with it. It was – and is – cheap and filling.
Today, because billions simply need calories from wherever they
can get them, grains are the ticket, the "staff of life." But it's
not like we'll wither away into nothingness, all because we failed
to heed the biological dietary necessity to eat grains ordained
by some higher power. Grains aren't the staff of life in an inherent
sense, but rather because they're cheap, reliable, and easy to work
with. They provide calories and a modicum of nutrients to people
who absolutely require those calories, regardless of any nutritional
downsides. Having joint pain and bloating because you ate some whole
wheat, while unpleasant, is better than dying of starvation because
you refused it.
"An unfortunately large number of people are forced to
subsist on grains as a staple, because they're cheap and plentiful
and calories are scarce, but that doesn't mean it's the best way
to eat. Grains aren't necessary if you have access to plenty of
fresh animals and plants."
do you get your fiber?"
As if only
cereal grains contain non-starch polysaccharides. As if all the
world's inulin, pectin, chitin, beta-glucans, and oligosaccharides
are found solely in wheat, barley, rye, rice, oat, and corn. As
if some of the richest sources of soluble fiber – you know, prebiotics,
or the kind that our gut
bacteria can ferment
and convert into metabolically-active short chain fatty acids –
aren't fruits, roots, nuts, and green vegetables. And, as if the
richest sources of insoluble fiber – the metabolically-inert stuff
that pretty much nothing can digest and which serves only
as a bulking agent for improving the robustness of our bowel movements
– aren't whole grains.
"I get my fiber from fruits and vegetables. Best of all, our gut
bacteria can actually digest the fiber from fruits and vegetables,
thereby producing short chain fatty acids that improve our metabolic
health. Grain fiber is just a bulking agent that fills your toilet
about the USDA food pyramid?
it? Take a look around you. The obesity rate is the highest its
ever been, and almost everyone whos not obese is just
overweight. Diabetes is on the rise. People live out the end of
their lives relying on a complicated cocktail of pharmaceuticals
and medical apparati just to eke out a few more years. All this,
despite the majestic, all-powerful USDA dietary recommendations
informing everything we put into our collective mouths. Hows
that USDA food pyramid working out for us so far, Id like
to ask. Im not necessarily assigning a causative role to the
pyramid (though it certainly plays a role, in my view) in the obesity
epidemic. Im just saying that it has done absolutely nothing
to staunch the rise of diet-related illness. Im saying it
doesnt have a real impressive track record.
Since the USDA food pyramid was released in 1992, the
obesity rate has increased unabated. What about it?
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