Going Against the Grain

September 11, 2018

Going Against the Grain

Grains have been part of the world’s diet for the longest time. Cereals, oatmeals, rice, and bread are usually found on the table during mealtime every day. But is it really good for you?

Going Grain-Free

A grain - free diet is one that allows all other types of food to be consumed with the exception of grains - both gluten free and non gluten free grains such as rice and oats. It is believed that going on a grain free diet is helpful in regaining the body’s balance and in promoting an overall health improvement because you will be more inclined to choose food options that have complex carbohydrates and fibers, and are more nutrient dense.

This diet also suggests that the best way to make sure you are eating the diet that is most suitable for you is for you to check the food items that you consume on a daily basis to see which ones trigger a reaction from you.

The Change in Grains

The grains that we are used to today are no longer the grains that our ancestors have been consuming in the past. When before they got the full benefit of wheat products - the proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals - today, most of those nutrients are lost the moment they pass through a mill. Not only that, the wheat itself has been modified to increase output and quality - and by quality, it means better aesthetic but not necessarily improved nutritional content. When the intent of improving a product is solely for the extended shelf life, are you even sure that that is what you should be consuming?

The typical wheat product nowadays have little to none of the nutrients that you should be getting from wheat. Not only that, the modification of wheat itself has made it almost alien to our nature and has become more difficult for our bodies to digest. This video discusses how a typical slice of bread would have been unrecognizable to our paleolithic ancestors. The wheat industry has evolved to be devoid of nutrients and to provide almost 100% sugar.

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Benefits of Going Grain Free

For starters, going grain-free encourages a person to read labels to make sure that the food that they are about to consume has no grains at all in the ingredients list. For people who have grain sensitivities - meaning they have noticeable stomach upset or inflammation when consuming products that contains grains - going on a grain free diet means they can slowly eliminate the toxins that their body has created as a reaction to the grains that they have been consuming for the better part of their lives.

Going grain free also encourages weight loss because you remove the unnecessary sugar from your diet. Naturally occuring sugar in food is okay, especially when taken in moderation. But the highly industrialized grain products that are available in the markets today contain. Even those labeled as whole wheat are not truly whole wheat because they merely have the bran added into the milled starch - it still has little nutritional value in it.

There have also been studies that indicate that the consumption of wheat that have been increasingly lacking in nutrients has led to an increase in cases of cancer, neurological diseases, and premature death among others. The book Dangerous Grains by James Braly, M.D., and Ron Hoggan, M.A. Part of the book discusses some 200 chronic diseases linked to a gluten-filled and grain-based diet.

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What Can I Eat in Lieu of Grains?

So now you’re asking yourselves, what can I have in exchange for grains? Transitioning from a grain-filled diet to a grain-free one is undoubtedly difficult. Luckily, there are a few options that help make the transition a lot easier.

  1. Consider making your own bread from scratch using grain-free flour options. Nut flours such as almond, and coconut flour, as well as root crop flours like cassava, and arrowroot flour are great alternatives to the variety of wheat flours available in the market. The great thing about it is that they’re readily available in most grocery stores and online shops as well.

  1. You can make pizza crusts and pie crusts using vegetables and a variety of nuts. You can use cauliflower as the base for your pizza, and used nuts and fruits for the based of your dessert pie.There are a lot of great recipes for grain-free meal options and since this diet does not restrict the intake of other food products, the only thing that limits what you can eat is really your imagination.

Our very own grain-free products can be used in many different ways. You can enjoy them on their own or you can include them in some of your favorite recipes.

Going Against the Grain

When you think about it, it’s not that difficult to foreo grains because you have a ton of other options that are just as good and are definitely more healthy. So take a seat, grab a pen and paper, and start writing your next grocery list. Your next food adventure will not only be amazing but incredibly healthy as well.






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