May 30, 2016
Many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have been told that the cause of their irritation is a lack of fibre in their diet and that they should eat more grains. My experience with my clients that have IBS is that it's actually the grains that are causing irritation a much better source of fibre is from fruit and vegetables. It can be very confusing as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) uses wheat as its emblem promoting it is a ‘good food’.
It is very interesting that in the bible good foods were herbs and fruit and the punishment from God was giving men wheat “…cursed is the ground for thy sake;…In the sweat of thy face shalt though eat bread, till thou return unto the ground…” (Genesis 3:17,19). The USDA My Plate state that grains should constitute a sizable sector or our diet in the form of ‘bread, cereal, rice, and pasta’. Back in the hunter and gatherer stage bread was not something we consumed and our bodies have not evolved on grains.
The USDA My Plate state that grains should constitute a sizable section or our diet in the form of ‘bread, cereal, rice, and pasta’. Back in the hunter and gatherer stage bread was not something we consumed and our bodies have not evolved on grains.
How is it that we can ‘stomach’ grains or not? We are monogastric mammals, meaning we have one stomach, unlike the cow that has four stomachs, this enables them to break down these grasses that are difficult to digest. Even they cannot digest seeds properly leading to metabolic acidosis and infections, if they can't why would we be able to? Seeds have developed survival mechanisms so that it lasts, by having toxic lectins, phytates and oxalates, alpha-amalyase and trysin inhibitors, and endocrine disrupters, this enables the plant to survive.
In a study looking at the ability of our current society and being able to handle a grain diet, they concluded that:
“The grasses emerged between 65 and 55 million years ago. And since the last common ancestor of the humans emerged before this time, some 90 to 65 million years ago, it cannot have had a diet consisting of seeds from grass. Subsequent evolution of our primate ancestors up until 4-8 million years ago is thought to have taken place in the trees, where almost all potential plant food comes from dicotyledonous species and the monocotyledonous grasses are absent.”
The increase in susceptibility to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in societies that have a grain-based diet is due to the absence of genetic adaptations to the consumption of grains. It is shown that 73% of hunter and gatherers obtained 50% or more of their food from hunted and fished animal foods.
Points as to why we are designed to have a grain free diet:
Intolerance to grains is due to:
Therefore in order to achieve optimal health get rid of your grains, increase your vegetables and fruits, and supplement with digestive products.
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