The Real Problem With Grains

The real problem with grains

Grains are a controversial food in modern society, but the real problem with grains may not be what you think! On the one hand, you have experts who claim that grains are a modern addition to the food supply and have only been consumed for the last 10,000 years or so but we aren’t meant to eat them. Others claim that grains are the foundation of our food supply and have been for thousands of years.

So, Who is right?

Turns out that both sides might be, but with some important caveats, which means it isn’t a simple answer, because we may not be actually talking about the same food!

What’s In a Grain?

Grains are simply the hard, edible seeds of grass-like plants. There are many varieties and the most common are wheat, corn, oats and rice. They are one of the most-consumed foods worldwide and the primary source of nutrition and energy for many populations around the world.

Grains are made up of three main parts: the hard outer layer or shell (called the Bran), the Germ (the core of the seed that provides nutrients when it sprouts and grows), and the starchy endosperm that provides a starchy food source for the growth of the seed.

Anatomy of a cereal grain

Be definition, a “whole grain” contains all parts of the seed, while refined grains often have the bran or germ removed, leaving just the highly starchy endosperm. Whole grains can be a source of nutrients like b-vitamins, magnesium and others, but refined grains have most of these beneficial parts removed.

Processed grains can be enriched with synthetic forms of nutrients like folic acid (instead of the natural form of folate), iron and b-vitamins to try to make up for the nutrients removed during processing.

Grains Just Aren’t What They Used To Be

One of the biggest problem with modern grains is that they aren’t the same as they used to be a few hundred years ago… or even a few decades ago! And grains consumed in the U.S. aren’t the same as the grains eaten in other countries… especially when it comes to wheat.

A Couple Hundred Years Ago…

In 1872, the modern roller mill was invented. Before this time, grains were ground in whole form, often with stones, and the flour still contained all the components of the whole grain. With the dawn of the modern mill, it was now possible to separate the parts of the whole grain and use just the starchy endosperm to create an inexpensive and very finely ground white flour (similar to most flour used today). (source)

Without the bran and germ, these new refined flours lasted longer on the shelf but contained much lower levels of nutrients. Along with the reduced cost of flour from the newer and more efficient method of refining, flour was now available and affordable to almost everyone. This, of course, increased the amount of flour consumed. This wouldn’t have been as big of a problem on its own, until…

A Few Decades Ago…

Agronomists developed new cultivars of wheat that are what we know as wheat today.

This modern wheat is a type of dwarf wheat that was developed in the 1960s to increase the amount of wheat that could be farmed per acre. Unfortunately, this wheat was also much less nutritious and came with a list of potential problems. A centuries-long study has tracked the results of this change. Since 1843, researchers in England have been conducting research called the Broadbalk Winter Wheat Experiment that has tracked many variables related to wheat cultivation, including fertilizer use, crop rotation and nutrient content:

Between 1843 and the mid 1960s, the mineral content, including zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper, of harvested wheat grain in the experiment stayed constant. But after that point, zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper concentrations began to decrease – a shift that “coincided with the introduction of semi-dwarf, high-yielding cultivars” into the Broadbalk experiment. Another study found that the “ancient” wheats – emmer, spelt, and einkorn – had higher concentrations of selenium, an extremely important mineral, than modern wheats. Further compounding the mineral issue is the fact that phytic acid content remains unaffected in dwarf wheat. Thus, the phytate:mineral ratio is higher, which will make the already reduced levels of minerals in dwarf wheat even more unavailable to its consumers. (source)

In other words, while these modern varieties are easier and faster to grow, they don’t contain the same levels of nutrients but have the same levels of phytic acid, creating an imbalance that can lead to nutrient deficiencies.

We Don’t Prepare Grains Correctly

Aside from the fact that the grains and flours we consume are fundamentally different from the ones our grandparents and great-grandparents consumed, we also prepare them much differently and this may also help explain the increasing rates of allergies and intolerance problems with grains.

I explained in depth in this article how grains were traditionally prepared by different methods like soaking, sprouting and fermenting (think sourdough bread) that make the nutrients in grains more available to the human body and reduce the phytates that can bind to minerals in the body:

Sprouting and fermenting grains leads to many beneficial effects. It increases the amino acid lysine, reduces anti-nutrients (like phytic acid and lectins), disables enzyme inhibitors and makes nutrients more accessible (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). (source)

In the name of convenience, we’ve largely stopped using these traditional preparation methods, further reducing the amount of nutrients we can obtain from grains and flours and potentially increasing the amount of phytic acid we consume.

This is because grains contain Phytic Acid, a substance that reduces absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. This phytic acid is found in the bran of all grains as well as the outer coating of seeds and nuts. Even after grains became more mainstream during the agricultural revolution, grains were allowed to sit in the fields for several weeks before thrashing. This allowed the grains to be exposed to the elements and to sprout, which reduces the phytic acid content.

Additionally, grains underwent traditional methods of preparation like those listed above that further reduced the phytic acid content.

The grains and flours we consume today are much different than the ones humans have been consuming for centuries with fewer nutrients, more processed carbohydrates and higher amounts of phytic acid. Sounds bad enough already, but the most concerning change in modern wheat and grains has come within the last few decades and may explain many of the current problems we see with grain consumption.

Grains are Heavily Sprayed

If we just look at the changes in grains from the invention of the modern steel mill and the high-yield dwarf varieties cultivated in the 1960s, it still doesn’t completely match up with or explain the drastic rise of grain-related allergies and intolerances in the last two decades… but there is a missing link that might!

Consider this…

In other countries there don’t seem to be the same rates of allergies and intolerances related to grain consumption. On top of that, many people report traveling abroad yet being able to eat wheat and other grains without a problem, even if they react to it in the U.S. In fact, I know several families who while traveling out of the country had to consume more processed grains than they would at home and noticed that certain digestive and skin issues actually improved.

I have family members who can consume certain varieties of grains (like imported organic Einkorn wheat or spelt) without a problem but react horribly to regular wheat or grain products. Why is this? Both contain gluten, so perhaps gluten intolerance isn’t the problem we think it is!

In fact, the answer may be something much simpler and more obvious that isn’t being widely talked about: the cultivation and spraying methods that have changed in the last few decades:

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980. It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990’s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it. Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield: “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff. (source)

This timeline matches up much more closely with the rise in wheat and gluten intolerance in the US and may explain why people don’t react in other countries (as glyphosate is banned in many parts of the world).

In fact, this article and chart explain how increased glyphosate use on wheat crops may be partially to blame for the rising rates of celiac disease, comparing the increased incidence of celiac with increased glyphosate use:


Of course, I’m hesitant to assume that any of these factors alone is directly responsible for the rising problems we are seeing related to grain consumption in the last few decades, but when you consider that glyphosate may impact gut bacteria in a negative way, it makes sense that this could be contributing to the problem.

Other Problems with Modern Grains

Aside from the above problems with modern grains themselves and the way they are cultivated and processed, I believe there are several other (possibly inadvertent) effects of our grain consumption.

More Grains = Less of Other Foods

We know that statistically we are consuming more grain products in general (both whole grain and refined grains) and that corn and wheat are two of the top 5 most consumed foods in the United States. We also know that we are statistically consuming less fat that we have in previous decades, and fewer vegetables.

Since refined grains can spike insulin levels and are a highly processed carbohydrate, our increased consumption may be partially to blame for the rising rates of diabetes and obesity (though of course other factors come into play here as well).

Grains like wheat are found in the vast majority of all processed foods, which makes sense because they are inexpensive, shelf stable, and easy to manufacture. Unfortunately, we are consuming these foods in higher amounts at the expense of foods like vegetables, healthy proteins, and beneficial fats.

Fewer Nutrients

More grains and less of other foods means that we are also statistically consuming fewer of the nutrients found in foods like fresh produce, ethically sourced proteins and healthy fats. As we already know that modern grains have a diminished nutrient content, it is no wonder that it is becoming so difficult to consume enough nutrients from food alone.

Many experts suggest that micronutrient deficiency may be a large contributor to many types of modern disease as we simple aren’t able to obtain enough micronutrients from our food supply. As grains are a large part of the modern food supply but a low source of nutrients, they are contributing to this problem.

Bottom Line: The Answer

The problem with grains isn’t as clear-cut as it sometimes seems. It isn’t just about the gluten, or the processing, or the modern cultivation, but a complex combination of many factors.

So should we consume modern grains?

There isn’t a clear-cut answer to that question and it truly does vary on an individual level based on gut health, the type of grain, and how it was prepared.

For years, I was completely anti-grain and didn’t eat them at all. After many years of consuming processed grains when I was younger, I felt great avoiding grains entirely and saw no reason to eat them as I was consuming more nutrients and more vegetables without grains in my diet. These days, I do eat white rice on occasion (here’s why) and serve it and other organic and properly prepared grains to my family at times.

I realize that for many people, completely avoiding grains is neither desirable or practical, and it certainly may not be necessary for everyone. At the same time, I feel even more strongly about avoiding processed modern grains that have been refined, modified, and highly sprayed as they offer no nutritional value and may have a severe health impact over time.

What I Do:

  • I still avoid most grains, especially those that contain gluten, the majority of the time
  • If I do consume grains, I opt for white rice or properly prepared whole grains such as organic Einkorn (soaked, fermented, sprouted, etc.)
  • Whenever possible, I use vegetables in place of grains. Love grains or hate them, vegetables typically contain many more nutrients. I make simple substitutes like using cabbage for noodles in spaghetti or sweet potatoes instead of noodles in lasagna. Not only are these substitutes more nutritious, but they also taste better (in my opinion).
  • I often bake with grain-free flours like coconut flour or almond flour, which are higher in protein and fiber and have been experimenting with cassava flour and plantain flour (sources of resistant starch).
  • I don’t make grains a staple of my diet. I do occasionally consume them but make sure that the core of our family’s diet is a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, healthy proteins and beneficial fats.
  • If I ever get the chance to travel internationally, I will try grains in other countries out of curiosity to see how I react.

What do you think? Do you consume modern grains? Why or why not?

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  1. “If you need help making the switch, check out some sample meal plans and recipes.”

    sorry, i might be just missing it somehow but i cant find any sample meal plans for this diet.
    if you can post a link or something that would be amazing.

    Thank you.

    • Meal Plans posting today! Thanks for bringing this up!

      • Hi, this is all very interesting, but I LOVE carbs. Why do I get so hungry if I skimp on carbs? Could this diet be ok as pescatarian or is meat a really important part of it?

        • I’d say protein is a very important part of it, and healthy fats,
          even more so. I used to love carbs too and be famished without them.
          That lasts for a while as your body gets used to being able to burn
          fat instead of having glucose all the time, but after that, you don’t
          get nearly as hungry. I used to be one who would get lightheaded if I
          didn’t eat every few hours, now I can go all day without eating if I
          need to!

          • Hello there,

            I’ve been doing a grain-free lifestyle for a couple months now and loving it! Your website helped tremendously, thank you so much!!
            I was wondering if you have any citations for your research about ” studies show that human brain function and physical ability peaked just prior to the agricultural revolution as well. Since the dawn of agricultural practices, archeological evidence shows a gradual but steady decline in human strength.” I am trying to convince my husband about the benefits of grain-free living, but him being a lawyer, would like to see evidence, science behind the claims. I would appreciate any help as to where I can direct him.

            Also, my hair has started to fall out a few months ago (I lost about 12 lbs. when I introduced low-grain then no-grain eating in February) Could the hair loss be a result of the sudden (over 2 months spam) wight loss, or what other reason can you suspect? I’ve been taking “Hair skin and nail” vitamin with Biotin in it , hoping it might help… I definetaly don’t want to go back to eating grains. 

          • Wow, what a bizzare comment.  Why would you ever need to go all day without eating.  Really a bad suggestion.  Your  body needs to be fueled throughout the day.

          • Actually, there is not a thing wrong with occassional fasting.

          • Complete fuel is in fruits and vegetables….just because we have a “Food Pyramid” made up by the FDA in the US, does not in any way mean that it is healthy. Have you looked around lately? Have you done any research? Do you realize people are being healed of MANY issues, including cancer by simply eating in a way that is not following the “Food Pyramid” that is pushed on us by who? Those that are benefiting from the drug companies. Interesting! You would be amazed at the connections you will find. 

            Eating organic, fresh, fruits and vegetables when you are hungry will give you what you need. Supplementing with vegetable juices will give you even more nutrition. If you truly dig into this subject you will realize that less is more in all ways.

          • Don’t make a claim such as ‘cancer is being healed by diet’, because it’s reckless and unproven. For those of us who’ve lost people to cancer….people who’ve subsisted on wonderful nutrition…it’s insulting.

          • fasting is incredibly better for your digestive system. if you ate more nutrient dense foods, you wouldn’t have to eat as much. and that does absolutely NOT mean low calorie. nom nom!

          • I really like your blog. I have been trying many things from it.
            You make it very interesting.

            I raise our own field free range chickens which promotes
            wonderful eggs that provides protein when not eating
            other protein such as fish, chicken, turkey ,beef and beans.

            I have three organic gardens that provide vegetables almost
            year a round. I can my veggies and make just about everything
            from scratch. If we have a dessert or candy it is considered
            special. We eat protein in some form everyday, just a little.
            We concentrate on veggies , dried organic oats for grain,
            and fruit.

            I also make sure they have lots of playing time in different
            structures. They use their minds not the computers at home and
            no cell phones. This saves a lot of headache. They have very
            limited time on their Nintendo throughout the week.

            All of my kids are honor roll students, slim and physically fit,
            and none have cavities. I have two teenagers, an 11 year old
            and an eight year old. All boys. I stay at home and concentrate
            on them a lot. They are extremely happy boys and our doctor
            says he wished all kids were like them. Church is a positive
            point in our lives too.

            I am not bragging . We live simply and smart. I think
            often about what might have been in the garden of
            eden for adam and eve to eat? was their grain? what
            about food for the animals -did they eat?

          • It is the fat (even the “good kinds” that cause all issues…
            Fat in the blood makes it so that insulin cannot function properly.
            this causes imbalances on every level.
            The books “The starch solution” and “80/10/10 diet” go into this topic deeply. since i have been following a low fat vegan diet; lots of potatoes, fruits, lentils, and yes, even grains, I have been feeling amazing. full of energy, skin clear, mind clear, stronger, fat melting away, and somehow no more intense food cravings..
            i highly suggest looking into this to anyone who reads this.

          • I just want to say that I’ve been a vegetarian for MANY years and I eat pretty healthy….I don’t eat a grain heavy diet although, I’m a VERY picky eater. I simply don’t like a lot of foods and without grains, I think I’d starve. I couldn’t eat meat to save my soul….as I hate it. I used to be forced to eat it as a child and as soon as I was old enough to make my own decisions, I quit eating it. This article is interesting, but rather extreme. I do try to limit my carbs….but grain free is probably not possible for someone as picky as me. Also would like to see studies done on this and a medical report to back this.

          • Hi! Thats a really interesting article but i have a few questions, i heard that the phytic acids are in the outer bran of the grains, which come off easily with soft milling or even hand milling. So if grains are consumed with the germ (which still contains nutrients) intact, doesn’t that solve the problem? Not that i advise a high carb diet, but the occasional grain in the diet is what i intend.
            Also doesn’t soaking grains (brown rice, rolled oats/oats, rye/rye flakes, millet, quinoa, etc. remove/decrease phytic acid content?

          • I have a friend who would love to see some citations too. Do you have papers I could point her to?

        • I have been grain free for a few years now and what I have found is that when you temporarily cut out grains or just begin to cut them out, it is not always hunger you are feeling….Sometimes it is the lack of bloating that you are missing that can trick you into thinking you are full. You also may be cravng grains and feeling unsatiated until you detox them from your system. I usually think of that feeling as the drug that keeps wanting more!

          • Great point! Your comment is the only one that made me realize that my head and system is confusing the need to feel bloated with being adequately satisfied. Though I’m athletic and in shape, i over eat and especially on grain products. I think it is an addiction to get over.

        • If you are receiving more nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables that are no longer being blocked from absorption, this will also fulfill your body’s needs and there won’t be as much hunger. It’s amazing how the body is satisfied when we give it what it needs. 🙂

        •  dont forget nuts and seeds ur healthy fats will help you get that full feeling!

          • Don’t nuts and seeds also contain phytic acid? Pumpkin seeds have alot of it.

        • Animal protein is the worst protein for humans and the fact is our bodies are not designed to eat meat. All the proteins that a person needs you can get from plant foods. So yes, if you want to be pescatarian – and so long as you are eating plenty of fruit, veg, beans, lentils etc – you can get all the nutrients you need. I, for one, am not against grains, but each to their own.

          • Actually animal protein is the best source of protein and perfectly designed for human consumption lol. Our bodies are designed perfectly to digest protein… you are talking nonsense. We evolved because we ate animal protein and evolution favoured cultures who had access to it. Veganism doesn’t even exist in human nature except for artificially created religious reasons and perhaps a tribe or two, who weren’t lucky enough to have access to meat! Meat is natures perfect source of protein and completely ethical although many production practices need to evolve to raise happier animals. Eating ethically raised meat is just as ethical as eating plants, otherwise you could just use the same argument to make eating plants unethical.

          • That sound more like a theory and based on personal opinion and perhaps observation. Any facts to back that up?

          • Why is the bioavailability/absorption of nutrients from animal sources higher than those derived from plant sources then? 100% plant-based diets may work nicely for natural herbivores but we are not in that category. I’d like to see how you’d do in nature, without the benefit of supplements, eating only plant foods versus someone who also includes animal foods.

          • Have you looked at your teeth. We evolved from that swamp to survive by eating what we could. Meat would have been eaten raw hence our teeth still have the capacity to chew and rip as well as blend. If people wish to be vegetarian that is fine and if it is balanced I think it is really healthy but saying that we should be that way because of design is nonsense. There are very good reasons for not eating meat on a moral basis because of the way animals are treated in factory farming. I stopped eating grains,potatoes and legumes recently and I feel stronger. This scientist has done the same because of her research into longevity
            Please donnt be offendid many try to impose or defend their beliefs and thats why we are always fighting. The lady is talking from her experience and wanting to share but its not the total truth because we are learning all the time. Food companies do not care about people only prifits.

          • That’s a crock of BS. We evolved to have canine teeth specifically for tearing meat

          • and yet, bizarrely, Humans have been around for thousands of years, and have been eating meat since our earliest days. Somehow we’ve managed to survive.

          • Yes, animal protiens are some of the best protiens because of the amino acid content in meats. Red meat contains creatine which has helped with increasing lean muscle mass. Don’t forget fish is very healthy as well. Salmon is one of those fatty fishes which contain your omega-3s.

          • I can honestly say that meat is not bad for me. Even my Dr. told me that meat protein was beneficial for me. I have been borderline aneimic since 14 (maybe before but that was my first diagnosis) and even had a blood transfusion after a car accident that my Dr. told me was necessary because my blood count was already so low and the accident made it dangerously low. When I stopped eating wheat and gluten and started eating more fruits, veggies and MEAT my iron levels became fine for the first time in 20 years, my depression is gone and my over all health is way better… so while I am not a Dr I find the personal evidence reveals that for some of us, meat is good…as well as grain free living (and dairy free too)…

          • Unfortunately a lot of vegans and vegetarians are erroneous in their assumption that our bodies are not meant o digest meat. We have done so since time began just about. And nothing has changed – our bodies have not suddenly evolved to not eat protein in the form of animal protein. I get that vegans and vegetarians have a moral issue – and respect that. However, I also understand that a huge percentage of vegans do start to eat meat again because they have become so unwell on a diet void of animal proteins.

            It is important for us all to do our own research and read a lot of different materials and studies to come to our own conclusion regarding what constitutes a healthy diet. For me it is one devoid of grains and full of vegetables, some fruit and nuts, healthy fats and small amounts of animal protein n the form of mostly chicken, fish and eggs. Bone broths are also a staple in my diet and an excellent form of nutrients and amazingly soothing for the gut & immune system.

            A great place for anyone to start their research is a book called Primal Body. Primal Mind. by Nora Gedgaudas.

          • Here’s your evidence that, not only are humans designed to eat meat, but they actually MUST eat meat to live: Vitamin B12. Humans must have B12 to stay healthy. And we have to get it from food sources as our bodies cannot manufacture it. The only food sources for B12 are animal products. There are no vegan foods sources that provide any significant amount of B12. People who eat vegan diets will eventually suffer from B12 deficiency unless they take artificial supplements. Considering GNC stores did not exist throughout most of human history, it’s pretty clear humans have always needed to eat animal products to survive, as these foods were their only source of B12.

          • If people like you would take a course in nutrition instead of regurgitating the same old BS the world would be a better place. Humans are omnivores, our entire physiology is designed for foraging on both plant and animal matter. AND, If you believe in a “supreme creator” then you’d also know that he made us to consume animal protein.

          • mmm….what about B12? You can only get B12 from micro organisms found in animal meat/milk/eggs or a supplement…either way you MUST have it to function. This shows we were engineered to eat meat. Maybe not the enormous amount so many American eat each day, but we must to have it to function and I don’t think our ancestors were whipping up Deva Vegan B12 in their cabins.

            Don’t get me wrong, vegan on….especially now, since we have supplements.

        • According to prof Tim Noakes, who has had great success with his new low-carb diet, carbohydrates (especially simple carbs) are addictive & are responsible for weight gain, poor health & type-2 diabetes.

          On the other hand with a low-carb diet (Paleo) you don’t get the hunger craving for more…

          • you gain weight because you eat too much. period.

          • @mama – You get hungry because your body needs sustenance, the onset of hunger just a few hours after your last carb rich meal is because, a) your body stored many of the calories you ate just 3 hours ago in your muffin top waistline and b) because your last meal was an insulin cluster bomb on your system you have no access to the fat hanging round your waistline, because you are in sugar burning mode.

            Coupled with the clear evidence that wheat (and other grains) makes you hungry purely on a brain chemistry level. Not forgetting the dirty little tricks the food industry pulls, such as multi coloured sweets (yep, most people will eat 50% more M&Ms when presented with multi-coloured pieces, compared with single colour) then there’s flavour enhancers, etc. Basically food manufacturers make food to be as addictive as possible.

            Personally I don’t blame people that eat too much when they think the food pyramid is gospel!

        • If you are hungry on low carb diet, it usually means you are not getting enough fats with your protein. I had a similar issue and switch to boneless chicken thighs for my no carb meals. I do use chicken breasts with I have carbs.

        • There is quite a bit being left out from this grain story as you tell it, which is included in Dr. William Davis’s book. But you are absolutely right…but the story is actually worse than you tell it! There is a protein “gliaddin” which is one of two that make up gluten and it is an opioid! This protein is nothing more than a powerful appetite stimulant which the food industry is VERY aware of. So wheat in particular appears in foods it has no business in…funny how that works! Heroin is also an opioid and you don’t just stop craving because you didn’t get your fix today. Food cravings as well will take a while to subside, but I can attest to dropping 12 pounds, going from 38-36 pants, having energy levels that allow me to keep pace with ANYBODY, and this is all in less than 60 days and while I still eat like a very hearty horse. All I did was stop eating grains. As Dr. Davis said, grains are not just bad, they are VERY destructive to the human body. Leave eating grains to animals with the 4 part stomachs…

        • I’m pretty concerned for you folks. If your hair is falling out, the diet is not safe.

          • Actually, hair falling out can be an indicator of a “reset” in the body. It is common after a prolonged illness or stress on the body for people to lose hair as an indication they are healing. Rather disturbing, yes, but it does happen. After I had surgery for an autoimmune disease and my body healed, not only did my nails finally grow but 1/2 my straight hair fell out and grew back out in ringlets!

        • The reason you get so hungry is that your insulin and blood sugar levels are going up and down like a roller coaster. When your blood sugars come down, it triggers other hormones to tell you to eat more carbs- your blood sugar is getting too low! If you are on this cycle, I strongly urge you to cut way back on your grains and fruits, along with sugars of any kind, as this may be an early warning sign of diabetes to come. Focus on veggies, protein, and fat as the main source of nutrients for a while and then slowly add goodies back in until you find a good balance that works for you.

      • Americans are so afraid of everything. If all foods are bad, then what the heck are we supposed to eat? For centuries, people have been eating the same type of foods that are now – all of a sudden is considered “bad” for you, but they seem to live longer than folks of today. Steve Jobs was a vegan, but cancer killed him. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan was a vegan, but he died from complications following a severe heart attack. I understand that we should eat healthy, but I just think society is weighing too much into all these bogus studies about that they can’t even prove. I’m so sick of the propaganda that I don’t even know what to eat anymore.

        Heck, to bunk with all the hype. I think I’m gonna have a juicy, fat hamburger for lunch with a side order of fries and chocolate shake!

        • there is so very much wrong with your “argument” I’ll just start at the beginning and stop when I get too exhausted.

          Americans are so afraid of everything. If all foods are bad, then what the heck are we supposed to eat?

          all foods are not bad, there are plenty of healthy options from nature, in organic and pure form, not processed or corrupted or injected or sprayed with poisonous pesticides etc. which especially includes animals that are poisoned with antibiotics and growth hormones and other creepy evil stuff as well as the genetically modified disgusting fodder they’re fed. I personally don’t think we need to or should eat animals, but that’s not the current point, if you are going to, eat them as any food, from sources that are trustworthy and not tainted by the mainstream.

          For centuries, people have been eating the same type of foods that are now – all of a sudden is considered “bad” for you, but they seem to live longer than folks of today.

          I’m sad you’re not joking considering the insane increase in disease and disorder we have today! cancer, autism, anxiety, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, etc.. hello?? they are all pretty much conditions caused by poisoning and deficiency.

          Steve Jobs was a vegan, but cancer killed him. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan was a vegan, but he died from complications following a severe heart attack.

          Jobs ended up getting “conventional cancer treatment” didn’t he? that is what ended up killing him. also if someone is to be a vegan they need to learn how to feed themselves and make sure their nutrient levels are plentiful in all categories. anyone should actually be doing this as we are all probably deficient in a lot. there are other things besides diet that factor into the livelihood and wellbeing of a person, you know that whole mind body and soul thing.. but the diet can go a very long way and if these men were consuming and not consuming the appropriate things (including consumption in the form of personal care products, household products, etc.) then they would not have died as they had. “Veganism” did not kill them.

          I understand that we should eat healthy, but I just think society is weighing too much into all these bogus studies about that they can’t even prove. I’m so sick of the propaganda that I don’t even know what to eat anymore.

          the propaganda is coming from the sources that you trust. and they are the mainstream ones. You have to seek out and find the trustworthy sources that are suppressed but nevertheless there. a couple of the better ones are
          Dr. Mercola (he as a person in my opinion may be growing in the wrong way, but overall the information and articles he provides on his site is amazing and very reliable)
          bibliotecapledayes is a Spanish and English site that has an enormous database of articles and stuff from other sources and I find that one also while not perfect, to be probably the best source I’ve come across online. It has tons and tons of information about all sorts of things, many that would seem crazy if you’re ignorant about it, but you can find a wealth of health information, and information exposing the mainstream culprits and people behind the poisoning of and profiting off the masses. there’s a search function on the site or things listed by topic, many with tens if not hundreds of links connected. well you’ll have to go there to see what I mean, but it just has tons and tons of information. you could also just google the word bibliotecapleyades + whatever else in google and you can see what biblio sites come up about your subject.
          natural news is a pretty good one too, not as good as the biblio source but it’s also one that the biblio source refers to too. well from the biblio site, at the top of each article it lists the source it came from, so you can find new trustworthy sources that way too. trust me, there are tons of great places where the truth is told. forums too, this Spiritual Forums is a really cool place, with tons of information that can be helpful and over 100 subsections including health and wellness ones.
          Another great source for not eating poisonous foods is a grocery store that sells mostly nonpoisonous stuff. The best one by me is called Outpost but I’m not sure if it’s just local or widespread. There is a decent place available anywhere tho so just look for the one near you and stop supporting the places that are happy to fill up their shelves and stock with poison. Avoid Whole Foods they’re deceptive and lame, Trader Joe’s is better but not as good as Outpost. There’s gotta be a nice local place in most cities I’m sure.. just find it and educate yourself

          Heck, to bunk with all the hype. I think I’m gonna have a juicy, fat hamburger for lunch with a side order of fries and chocolate shake!

          well I hope the hamburger is not made from one of the conventional meat providers who abuse their cows, kick them, push and electrocute them, confine them in tiny areas often with metal against their bodies at all times (especially pigs oh that is extra sad it’s like half their bodies are sticking out of the metal holes in the cage, all the time!), take their babies after they’re born, cut off or burn off their tails and horns, or tie off the tail by tying something super tight around it until it falls off some days later.. then they inject the cows with antibiotics and other horrible pills and growth hormones which make their udder area gigantic, it looks like some of them even almost fall to the ground!! so that you can have more precious milk for your milkshake, when you aren’t eating the cow in your hamburger.. you can imagine yourself consuming the same crap they gave the cow, and you probably do have a distended stomach and compromised gut health too just like the poor cow you’re so cutely jokingly bragging about eating. there’s more worse about meat, but that’s part of what happened to you anyway with attitude and practices like that

          • Umm…yeah…your a little weird. Eating natural makes sense to me, both animal protein and vegetation. Treat vegetation, animals and people with care, not abuse. Enough said. Keep it simple _ _ _ _ _ _. You fill in the blanks.

          • Excellent reply, Karen…thank you for the information sources. Like you said, it’s about educating oneself. What I put in my body is what I get out of it. If I eat junk, guess how I feel… I have enough proof for myself when I eat clean and feel amazing as a result.

          • Thank you for the vivid description of how animals are slaughtered. Most impressive. How do you feel about carnivores in the wild, where predators kill and eat other animals…..alive. Lions and tigers eat gazelles on the plain. Wolves kill and eat prey alive, too. Cats, given the opportunity, eat birds and mice. Birds eat worms and bugs…..alive. Snakes, too, eat mice and rats whole and digest them alive. No “pretty pretty’ in Nature.

            So, just where does the ‘touchy feely’ obsession with a kind and gentle kill and devour start and end? Just the large, cutsey, cuddly animals in our modern, sanitized lifestyle environment? No other carnivore in nature worries much about ‘how the other guy feels’. Not from as far back as the dinosaur carnivores. Certainly not on the part of cheetahs and jaguars of today. Sharks or alligators, either. It seems that the only carnivore in the history of planet Earth to let his mind get all worked up about how his hamburger felt when it was slaughtered is Man. And even Man only in the past few decades.

            So after nearly 2 million years (Homo erectus and company), the first carnivore on the planet who worries more about how his lunch feels than on his own health has shown up. Talk about brain washing. I have some great oceanfront property in Wichita, Kansas if any of your are interested.

          • Jobs ended up getting “conventional cancer treatment” didn’t he? that is what ended up killing him.

            FYI – Steve Jobs had the one type of pancreatic cancer that can be completely cured by surgery. Because he refused surgery for around 9 months, he died. I agree that modern medicine isn’t perfect and I don’t fully believe everything my doctor tells me, but just blankly saying that “conventional cancer treatment” killed him is, well, wrong.

            It’s good that you can think for yourself and it’s great to question things. FYI – not all animals raised for meat are treated unethically. I know this first hand from my job as a vet. I have seen the whole process – from being on farms right through to the slaughterhouse, and well, in my opinion (and I am able to have this opinion because I have seen this with my own eyes) – a lot of what is put out there by PETA (for example, that video on if slaughterhouses had glass walls) is propaganda in itself.

            Everything of that nature is biased. Everyone is pushing their own agenda. Wellness Mama herself is just pushing her own agenda. I’m not condemning you for being vegan – that’s wonderful that you have made that choice. But I promise you, in my country, meat is raised very, very ethically. It’s all grass fed, for example. I don’t know about America – I think you have feedlots with grain fed cows who don’t get to walk around – and to be honest I think that is cruel. But not ALL meat is raised unethically – you just have to find the meat that IS raised ethically, if you want to eat meat. So judging all people who eat meat – which you are clearly doing – just makes you seem very biased and judgemental.

            I agree that people are not eating as healthily as they should. But nothing is as black and white as many comments on this blog are making it. Nothing is inherently good or bad. Everything in moderation.

            The vague comments not backed up by any evidence whatsoever by Wellness mama? Sorry, but I am ignoring those. Of course people are being diagnosed with more diseases these days! That’s because modern medicine has been able to piece together symptoms and create names for them. Diagnostic tools are also getting better all of the time so we are seeing increased rates of certain diseases because we are getting better at diagnosing them. This is a huge confounding variable that cannot be ignored in said association between grain consumption and rate of disease. Anyone with any shred of knowledge of human epidemiology would not make a statement such as that one.

            Back in “paleo times” people still had diseases – but they just died of “natural causes” or they just died – they didn’t get diagnosed with something. I think the main thing that gets me about this article is that people, right now, are living longer than they ever have before. Yes, we have more disease. But in addition to better diagnosing disease, the simple fact that we are living longer is creating more disease. We didn’t evolve to live as long as we are living now. Cancer is actually a disease of ageing, seen more commonly in older mammals. Not always, of course, nothing is ever black and white. But with an increase in age, you see an increase in cancer. Similarly, atherosclerosis – it’s not really an issue for animals like it is in humans. They don’t live long enough for the plaques to build up in their arteries.

            I do agree that we are also seeing an increase in obesity related disease (e.g. insulin resistance, diabetes) though, regardless of diagnostic bias. But this isn’t because of grains.

            Attributing grains to the current rise in obesity is far too black and white. We are eating far more refined sugar than we used to – this in itself is having a huge impact on current obesity trends. We are also eating far too many processed foods, and foods that secretly contain sugar. There is sugar in basically everything processed these days. Half of the time you don’t even know you are consuming it.

            Blogs like this make me sad, because some people will read this and genuinely believe what it says, word for word, despite the lack of any kind of evidence to back it up. People have lived on various diets with varying results – some people tout the Mediterranean diet as being healthy (because it has been associated with longevity), others will say eating a Japanese diet is the way to go, because Japanese people live the longest. Others will swear by a raw diet, saying that it will do all of these amazing things, like single-handedly cure cancer. Others will say “no, go vegan, animal products are incredibly bad for us”. Some other groups will say “paleo all of the way, that’s how we evolved to eat”.

            The truth? Who knows. It’s confusing and stressful for those of us who want to try to stay healthy and disease free. My advice: cutting out grains completely is not the answer to staying free of disease. You could live on a “perfect” diet (whatever that is) and just have unfortunate genes. Or you could get hit by a bus tomorrow.

            So just be a little less black and white. If you want to eat meat, then eat meat, just eat lean meat and eat it in moderation (because certain countries eat way too much, and those countries have higher rates of bowel cancer). If you want to be a vegan, than be a vegan, but make sure you get enough calcium, iron and B12 from other sources (you need to be more diligent with getting enough nutrients on this diet but it is most definitely attainable).

            Work out what your body can handle. Everyone is different and different things work for different people. I am lactose intolerant so I don’t drink milk. I am not gluten free (despite it being one of the latest food terms associated with health) because I do not react to it and do not have coeliacs. But I consume it in moderation. Eat tons of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Everyone agrees that those are good.

            If you are having gut problems, try a low FODMAP diet – this is a new diet designed for people with symptoms of IBS. I have done this diet and from it have managed to work out the foods that I am intolerant to. I now avoid those foods and have ZERO IBS symptoms, despite eating gluten.

            Look into your omega 3:omega 6 ratio – this is important and most people eat far too much omega 6. Salmon is a great source of omega 3. A vegetarian sources of omega 3 is flaxseed oil.

            Don’t just cut out grains because this one blog tells you to. If you really care about your diet, see a nutritionist, who actually has nutrition training based on science. Whole grains, consumed in moderation, are generally considered to be a safe part of a healthy, balanced diet. If you only ate whole grains, that would not be good. They are also not created equal. If you are worried about phytic acid blocking absorption of other minerals in the gut, then eat the whole grains at a different time to consuming other foods (it is only when you eat whole grains with other foods that nutrient blockages can occur).

            Furthermore, there are actually ways to decrease phytic acid content in how you prepare your whole grains. They are not all created equal either. If you are vegan, then quinoa will give you all of the essential amino acids that you need, so not eating that just because of the fact that this person on this blog has told you that it’s bad because it’s a whole grain could be more detrimental to you than cutting it out completely.

            Also note that nuts contain high levels of phytic acid, so Wellness Mama might want to consider not eating those either (despite all of their benefits!)

            So, everything in moderation, lots of fruits and veges, eat whole grains, or don’t eat whole grains (at the end of the day it’s your decision – I eat whole grains in moderation – brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat and I prepare them in such a way that the content of phytic acid is diminished)….. and exercise!

            There is no point in living a long life if you’re unhappy. And potatoes are not bad! If you just ate potatoes, then that would be bad. Also, frying them or eating them as chips isn’t exactly healthy. But steamed potatoes? Again, moderation. Despite what some of these people pushing a paleo agenda tell you, we still need carbs. Just in moderation. Moderation is key.

            And don’t forget the power of the mind. Stress increases cortisol. Cortisol is immunosuppressive. We did not evolve to cope with the high levels of stress that we face in the modern world – we did live under stress but it was generally for short periods of time; when faced with predation we would have a “flight or fight” response – which would increase cortisol, but only for a short period of time. Modern stress = prolonged increased cortisol = weight gain and other problems.

            Find a way to destress – tai chi, yoga, mindfulness. There is definitely a connection between psychology (i.e. how you think about things) and disease that medical professionals often overlook.

            Try not to stress too much about this stuff. And make your own decisions. Don’t blindly believe others, but don’t judge them either. Question everything. Question me 🙂

            Modern doctors often are too quick to just prescribe pills. If you just live a balanced life (moderation being key), keep stress levels down, exercise, then this is a good recipe for longevity. There is no silver bullet and sometimes you just get unlucky.

            Oh, and don’t smoke.

          • I just want to say that I absolutely love Beth’s comment!
            Is there a way to get in touch with others on here? I’d so much like to send her a message if possible.
            Thanks a million everyone for sharing your thoughts.

          • Einstein was a vegetarian… Everyone is different… In all the comments I’ve read everywhere not one mentions how it all started and what was the cause. I for one some medicinals were the cause whose side effects were mild diarrhea. Since then I’ve had it great. Surely I stopped taking them.

          • Just another opinion. Common sense reveals what is and what is not good for your body.

      • So far, this is the most logical and truthful statement ive read on this blog. I could be grainy intolerant myself so this article (and others like it) could be personally beneficial but I will also repeat Jed’s caution that ‘not eating grains’ is highly unlikely to be the silver bullet that Katie has proposed it to be. I applaud the detail and research that Katie seems to have done for this article, but it’s so heavily tainted by the bias that existed prior to the article being written that it’s lost much of it’s potential value. Not a living soul on our planet would disagree that a diet consisting primarily of organic produce is highly beneficial. Unbiased, intelligent people can also readily come to a verdict on meat consumption I’m sure. Reduce foods/drink that are directly implicated with cancer. If we all did these ABC’s it follows that health problems for us first-worlders would plummet. But these indirect implications of grains with cancer, infertility & Schizophrenia is simply sensationalised finger pointing. You also simply can’t reasonably link grain to obesity either. We (yes I do include myself) first-world fatsos are simply over eating, wholesale – plus we also have the bonus of fantastic nutritional overload outlets that we can conveniently drive through on a regular basis. So let’s all take a calm-down pill. Then take a reality-check pill. Filter out the hype (that makes for tasty reading) and try to take a logical view on these serious problems. Katie, you do some nice work and it’s entertaining enough but you should be more careful about what you are feeding to the hungry & gullible masses.

        • I cannot agree more.
          Whatever illness/disease state one could link to grains/carbohydrates could also be linked to proteins and fats.
          The body is much more complex than “grain causes inflammation, linking it to disease states, mental illness, and obesity.”
          And when I say much more complex, that’s an understatement.

          Before going on, I do also appreciate the amount of research put into this blog post, as I myself once thought the same way.

          However, this article claims only recently have the majority of the population been eating grain products, I highly beg to differ on this matter.

          Furthermore, diets such as gluten free or the paleo diet which eliminate grain completely are without a doubt highly unnecessary unless an individual is in fact allergic to gluten.

          One of the major notions and basis arguing that gluten is bad for you because it crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds and activates opioid receptors (oh those receptors that bad drugs like morphene bind), resulting in temporary feelings of well-being but eventual depletion of these receptors, and thus further health problems down the line.
          This is an absurdity in my opinion. Why? because receptors are there for a reason, they are meant to be activated.
          If your argument is that humans before our time didn’t live off grains, and that this is a completely new revolution, why then are we born with these receptors? Why would we carry on a genetic trait that is useless? It’s a whole lot of energy put into something we “don’t need,” and if you know anything about science you would at least ponder upon that instead of jumping on a no-grain bandwagon.

          Grains/carbohydrates get stored as fat? no one is denying that, but so do proteins and fats.
          The main reason why one would lose weight if they cut carbs/grains from their diet is because they are significantly decreasing the amount of food they eat. To think that you can compensate what you eat carb-wise with proteins and fats is very very difficult.

          Alzheimer’s and dementia caused by grain induced inflammation? These disease states are by far not that simple. It would mean that one would be cured by adopting a no-grain/carb diet.
          Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders are much more complex than that, they involve aggregation (clumping together) of improperly folded proteins within cells, resulting in dysfunctional neuronal cells. This “inflammation” is not caused by carbohydrates. Research is important here, because the culprit seems to be genetics, not grains. Medication needs to be found that allows these cells to become metabolically normal, to be able to prevent protein aggregation and improve cellular clean-up.

          While I highly appreciate the zeal and amount of research put into this no-grain mindset that seems to be becoming very popular, I would not recommend anything other than a balanced diet of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates (including grains). And don’t forget exercise 🙂

          I am a BSc biomedical science student (almost a graduate).

          • I don’t care if you have a BSc in biomedical science STUDENT. I’m more than likely a lot older than you. I’ve been around for all the Government Diet FADS. No-Fat FAD – which made people sick. High grain (11 or more serving) FAD which did nothing but make people fat an increase diabetes and some how the medical society can figure out. I’ve been around when wheat bread became a FAD and more people are sick. I never had an intolerance to processed carbs, grains, etc., until now. When I was in my 20s people still cooked food. There wasn’t the amount of processed food we have now – then. I now have issues with the very foods that didn’t bother me. There is some truth to what she says. I just came back from another country and ate freely – nothing upset my health. With 1 day of returning to the states, I’m sick again. So there is something to this. And the article hard sources. So stop believing everything that is taught in college and have an open mind. Just because you are in a “science field” doesn’t mean you have to believe in it all. My co-worker’s wife is a gastro doctor She quit main stream medicine because of scientific proof that a lot of our foods are poisoned. P.S. The part of the article on the poison Round-up is a fact.

          • Linda and Alexander, you both bring out good points and I agree with the analysis and experience. Most diseases are from lack of nutrients, caused by improper cooking methods and additives and processing from corporations making our food for us. Wheat was never the problem. It’s been a lost art in making it from the whole grain at home. If you knead your own flour (however method you choose to use, machine or by hand) this converts the gluten to be bioavailable to our bodies.
            Like Linda, I was raised in the ways where you prepared your own food, and nature provides so many things that the sky’s the limit. Keep it simple and understand how to handle, prepare and cook food and health will follow. There is still so much about the body we don’t know so it’s best to work with a natural order and allow your body to do what it does without your thinking for it. Go with what experience and reliable history has worked for many years. Sadly, the advent of many sicknesses go hand in hand when mom went to work and corporate America decided to make our meals for us.
            And we can heal if we stop listening to the contradictions, lack of experience and knowledge from the propaganda and misinformed field of science. Maybe they should cook and eat right before telling us our health and disease, which in turn leads us to trust doctors who only know how to prescribe meds instead of showing us the pathings to health. Doctors like I had growing up no longer exist, asking: so how do you sleep? What do you eat? Are you drinking water? What’s going on in your life? Were important obvious questions to illness. The prescriptiona were to eat real food and/or take a temporary suppliment.

            And yes, I’ve been making my own breads with only grains that I grind, no white powder or gluten. Delicious, soft, easily digested end products where even intolant, sick, allergic people heal from. Yes. It was part of a detoxing process and the results were always health and not getting sick.

            All the scientific words, studies, data can’t hold a candle to the reality of experience. I’m tired of science and media speaking like they know something when they have only a partial picture of a sick society that hasn’t got a clue about real foods.

        • I really wanted to believe in Katie. I do believe that she has good intentions, however I’m beginning to become disallusioned by her, and her blog. I don’t know much about grains and whether or not they’re bad for you, etc. However, I do know that she seems to endorse Dr. Mercola, as well as Dr. Oz. And she also believes and seems to endorse Earthing. All of these have been listed on Quackwatch. Having had said that I should also state that I did try (and am continuing with) Magnesium Supplementation (an idea that I got from her site) and it really has seemed to make a major difference in my health. It’s a shame that she doesn’t list any citations with her site, as to where she comes up with her ideas. In the end it would only make her site much stronger.

        • Alexander put it perfectly! I had replied to a post about Nutrition during Pregnancy and my thoughts on grains as a graduate with a BS in Food and Nutrition. Perhaps Katie has grains confused with diary!

 Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? Counterpoint.

          This is one of many articles that suggests that “Osteoporotic bone fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein” and dairy consumption “may contribute to the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some childhood ailments.”

          However, interestingly enough, this is also an example that many of the foods we eat that are considered “healthy” have both harmful and beneficial components. It is up to the eater to do the research and make a valid decision for him/herself; just like Katie did!

        • just a couple of comments to you-my grandmother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when my mom was very young-she was in and out of mental institutes for several years and was never right. After she was placed in a elderly care home she was diagnosed celiac (celiac is linked to this mental disease). My aunt has had a lot of trouble with gluten problems and i know i am intolerant. I have been able to maintain my weight overall and feel better generally since I gave up grains. when i cheat with breads and sugars i feel awful. I don’t think you’re being fair to Katie-there is a lot of research out there as to what she says about dietary concerns. I would also say that those of us who overeat do so on “junk foodie” high carbs. I don’t think I know an overeater who eats healthfully. Sugar (which all grains and flours convert to in the body after digestion) lights up the same part of the brain as does cocaine! So overeaters are being “told” by neuroreceptors in the brain and now the disbiotic gut what to eat-more sugary laden refined carbs! overeating is not completely the fault of the eater (not completely 🙂 )

          No offense intended here -just my own experience and knowledge having lived it out and seen it around me.

      • This is something that I have experimented with some time and let me tell you it works.Without eating wheat and gluten and all those other bad stuff I feel SO MUCH BETTER!I FEEL AMAZING! It really works I guarantee. When I walk around I don’t feel the heaviness.Every person should try it and so the super results.

      • Just wondering about ‘sprouted grain’ bread. I don’t eat other breads or baked goods anymore but every other day I have a slice of Ezekiel bread with organic peanut butter on it, just so I have some fats to dissolve the Co Q10 I take. Are sprouted grains, eaten now and then, still harmful?

      • When it is time to fatten up the cow with the four part stomach, what do they feed them? GRAINS? See any relation here. There are stories of even livestock having digestive disruption due to the grain load (like colic) and the farmers can’t contaminate the meat harvest to help the animal out so they just go into the field and slaughter them then and there. So grains are not easily digested for the livestock either. And while we eat grains in a somewhat different form and presentation do you think the pizza dough which you toss and stretch and pull and pry and then it returns to shape like rubber…is that something that we have been blessed with in nature to consume? BTW…Yes, there are many know attributes to what starts cancer…the problems become catching them early and then eradicating them. Many of the diseases are greatly influenced by inflammation which grains seem to play a big part in. And the evidence…studies by the score over many decades with even some anecdotal evidence from the days of the Roman Empire. So ponder that evidence over your next bagel or plate of pasta!

      • Katie, any ideas or resources you can give me? We don’t eat grains anyway but my 11 month old’s weight is going really slowly and she is tiny compared to her rice cake, breadstick loving friends. I give her potatoes with butter a lot but you added them to the list! I don’t think we can go without potatoes. She hates sweet potatoes and they give her a bad tummy. Stuck!! I resorted to buying buckwheat and polenta the other day and now I feel guilty!

        • Avocados are filled with lots of healthy fats that may help, as are egg yolks. If she can tolerate these, they may help. Squash is good too. And don’t feel guilty… we all want our children to thrive 🙂

        • You are experimenting on your child. If you have concerns about a child’s welfare, see a doctor who can consider their symptoms. An internet blogger is irresponsible not to recommend that you do so. Avocadoes are awesome, but there may be underlying reasons for a child that young failing to thrive. The average paleolithic person died in the thirties. Modern paleo is an experiment under the guise of what people have done ‘for thousands of years’. If you want your child to be healthy, make the most of the fact that we have modern medicine – where infant mortality is not 30% and reduced by 90% in 60 years.

          wellnessmama – you live the way you want, but failing to recommend a person who clearly has a child who needs medical attention to get the child seen by a doctor – and recommending that they feed the child avocadoes and squash is irresponsible.

          • Wow… I don’t know how that person’s post made it clear that her child “needs medical attention” and as I am not a doctor, I am not in a position to give any medical advice. She asked about foods, and I responded about foods. I assumed, from her comment, that she already is under the care of a doctor and thus knows that her child is underweight. Just because her child does not weigh as much as other children who eat differently does not necessarily signify a medical problem. OF course, she should see a qualified health practitioner (as is stated in my disclaimer on every page), but as she didn’t give any specific stats on her child’s weight, and even if she had, I’m not qualified to give medical advice, I did not do so.

          • I am offended by your unfair & pretty uninformed comment, Roxy! It seems you work for, or have some vested interest in modern American “health” care system. Yes, infant mortality may be down, but obesity, cancers, diseases & overall unhealthiness is WAY up! Natural, God-given foods are the BEST way to feed ANYONE, especially children!! Traveling outside of this country & seeing how they eat will prove it in many instances!

      • Agreed, those are huge claims, and the same big claims have been made at some point in time over almost every other food group. There are always “proven scientific facts” to back them up. Then new studies come out, “proving” previous studies wrong. The science of nutrition is constantly evolving, if you read peer reviewed journals written by doctors and scientists (not bloggers), there are hundreds of conflicting studies. Clearly there is not a single solution to health.

        I can appreciate that a particular style of eating may work for you, but we are all tolerate foods differently. You may thrive on a grain-free diet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gospel. The ONLY thing that is achieved by posting such extreme ideas, is confusion in the areas of nutrition and health.

      • Hi. Im very intested in following a better and healthier lifestyle. I have been getting allergies over the last few months an dnoticed it when I eat a wholesome wheat btread. I understand about not eating grains and possibly legumes. Now my question is, If I Sprout the legumes is it possible to eat them or can I sprout and cook them too?
        Please respond.
        Thank you,
        Simona Michel

      • Thank you! It’s so frustrating… I keep preaching that the grain thing is a myth, and its in fact very detrimental to the body and I believe is a reason fro several disease, at least in part.

        I have a complicated condition but after making 2 years of food and symptoms logging, I realised the whole grain breakfast i was having at certain times was the culprit.

        Processed Grains don’t affect me as much as whole grain but it’s still sub par.

        Unfortunately, I cannot eliminate these foods from my diet because I have several meat/Fruit related restrictions and I can barely eat any meals at all anymore. All of which involve bread or pasta.

        The other issue is that limiting diet can have detrimental mental ramifications, which are a concern to me.

      • Hi Wellness Mama! I loved your article on detoxing safely and it lead me here. My question to you is my blood sugar tends to drop easily. How can I prevent that if I eliminate all grains and sugars? Please let me know. I am currently doing a Diatomaceous earth detox. I have been taking 1 tsp in water 1st thing in the am for about a month. I have been mildly nauseous, and having heart palpitations pretty regularly which i never have! You say it can make the process more comfortable to eliminate grains and sugars. Please help with any suggestions of how to keep blood sugar at healthy levels while doing so. THANK YOU! You are an inspiration!


        • I personally eat a lot of starchy vegetables, fruit and some safe grains like rice or seeds like quinoa when I need more carbs.

      • What about quinoa? Is that still safe to eat?

    • Who Believes Grains Are Bad For You?

      On one hand, there are well-respected and knowledgeable PhDs, medical doctors and dietitians who believe that grain consumption is detrimental to health. In researching the anti-grain argument on the web, however, it became very clear that many of the websites bashing grains were personal blogs and group web pages run by people with little to no scientific background or training. This doesn’t discredit them automatically, but brings up an interesting point. I found that scientific support of their conclusions was either lacking, or taken from bits and pieces of different research papers (mostly out of context) and combining it with theory.

      Who Believes Grains Are Healthy?

      This group of people was made up mostly of physicians, epidemiologists (people who study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations) and researchers. Cites and sources espousing the benefits of grains include the Mayo Clinic, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Their stance is backed by large volumes of peer-reviewed literature, including huge review studies examining thousands and thousands of people. Could all of these establishments be misguided or part of a larger conspiracy as the anti-grainers would have you believe?

      It is not out of the realm of possibility, and certainly it is possible that the research doesn’t tell the whole story. Take fat, for example. Until relatively recently, the traditional medical establishment viewed dietary fat as the cause a host of diseases and encouraged people to essentially avoid it at all costs.

      This turned out to be inaccurate, so it is important to look at the bigger picture and take all research with a grain of salt.

      • Safely eating fat is not a recent discover. Dr. Atkins said this years ago. Also, the Zone Diet and South Beach Diet also say you can eat fat; just the right kind and in moderation.

        In addition, doctors know virtually NOTHING about nutrition. In some medical schools currently it’s not even a requirement in class curriculum.

      • And Oats is not full of gluten. . And there is no proof gluten harms people only some. with sensitivity . There is no reason why a kid should not have a bowl of oatmeal.
        Oatmeal is a whole grain, and can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. and heart disease . Plyus adds fiber.

      • First off I should thank you for allowing opposing comments on your blog. The Palio folks do not for the most part. I suggest you for your sake and your kids do other research than to listen to the anti grain movement. Sure you can eat other foods but hard to get enough nutrients and calories from them. Tons of fruit = sugar . There are many benefits we are learning from certain properties found in grains. I suggest reading about oats, a grain that does not have gluten in it.

      • The other side of the coin: Grains are good for humans.

        Points that stood out to me:
        Phytic acid is digestible by humans
        Phytic acid is good for humans
        Grains are good for humans if freshly ground
        Unsprouted grains provide nutrients that sprouted grains do not
        Sprouted grains provide nutrients that unsprouted grains do not

        And here is one explaining why gluten is good for the 99.25% of humans who aren’t allergic to it:

        I’m interested to know what you think of these two articles.

    • I know of this sadly many dont listen they want to take a medication to offset the effects like heartburn, acid indigestion, acne, etc there is no magical pill you have to stop poisoning yourself. I gave up grains a few years ago i dont have anymore symptoms, My cholesterol dropped no high blood pressure etc. I eat mostly meats and vegetables , and fruits. When you experiment on yourself you will see the changes, my doctor encourages not eating grains as we have seen the lie which we were all told back in the early 80s about grains finally coming to what it is now.

    • I heard Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist talk on Wheat Belly on public tv.
      I had accidently found out years ago that wheat was not good for me by reading Eat Right For Your Blood Type, and I stopped eating it for a while and got rid of a problem that 3 doctors couldn’t figure out in over 9 years.
      But gradually started eating it again, until it was a big part of my diet.
      Not too long ago I discovered that I had rheumatoid arthritis and did a lot or research on the problem. Part of it said that your body is attacking itself. I thought that was a dumb thing for a body to do, so I thought, “There has to be some other reason” So I started researching.

      With the r.a. my knees have been swollen for quite some time, my fingers are starting to cause pain and change direction. I’ve been rubbing Medi Paws on the aches which has been amazing and the pain disappears in seconds. But this was not curing the problem.

      Finally after hearing Dr. Davis I thought, “Why not give that a try, it won’t hurt anything and I know it solved my other problem” So I’ve been grain free for almost 1 and a half months.

      My knees have gone down to normal size!!! I forgot what they used to look like.
      I have more energy throughout the day, I have lost the craving to eat constantly, I can almost forget to eat. Dr. Davis was right, wheat causes a wheat and sugar addiction. I was constantly fighting not to eat sugar, now I can take it or leave it.

      I’ve gone down from a seemingly 7 month pregnant fat belly to a 2 month fat belly, and I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist.

      I’ve been on tons of diets over the years and this is the easiest yet. I don’t have to fight cravings all the time, this is so hard to believe. But I LOVE IT!

      I intend to stay off wheat for the rest of my life. I proved it’s worth for myself.

      • Good job! I read “Wheat Belly” a few weeks ago. I intend to read “Grain Brain” very soon.

      • The people making negative post on here really need to do some research. I also saw Dr. Davis on PBS and heard this from other doctors as well. First off I want to say I am so glad I seen it. I had edema in my ankles, I had a fat face like I was on prednisone, and was having to take my mother’s lasix pills to keep from going into heart failure. I told my doctor about this and was given a low dose diuretic (water pill) this did not help and when my hormones changed during my monthly cycle the swelling was worse. I stopped eating sugar and salt but still had the swelling. Then I stopped eating breads/oatmeal/pasta and noticed I did not have as much swelling but I was still eating brown rice. I saw that program and stopped eating grains, whole or other wise. The Doctor said that 20 years ago grain was genetically altered for mass production and this changed the properties of it. I noticed now that even skinny people have small pot bellies. I figured it had to be something in our food. I don’t have the fat face anymore, my ankles are almost back to normal, I can see spaces inbetween my fingers, and I DON’T FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO EAT ANYTHING, I MEAN I AM NOT HUNGRY AT ALL!!! This has been after only 3 days with grain products. I am hoping I don’t cave in and eat something but if I keep feeling like this it will be a big motivator not to cave in. Almost every symptom Dr. Davis named I had depression, blotting, problems with my bowel elimination, hair falling out (I lost much of my eyebrows and have bald patches in my head), low sex drive, and low energy. I do have the withdrawal which he said would happen and this just makes you feel sick. Oh and my left knee stopped hurting when I walk down stairs. I wish these manufactuers stop messing with our food so they can make more money.

    • Katie, I love your website. So user friendly and full of good information. How wonderful you’ve done this for your young family! And how wonderful I get to benefit from all your research. I want to go gluten and grain free (not an easy transition) and found it really helps and is about the only way at my age to lose weight (66). My question is, according to nourishing traditions, and I believe on your site as well, soaking wheat grains to make sourdough bread is okay? What is your opinion. I’ve read so many things and can’t remember if you do that for your family or your take on that. Could you address that, please?

      • I think sprouting and fermenting like with sourdough bread is definitely the best option for those who can handle properly prepared grains. If I eat grains, I do make sure they are properly prepared but personally feel much better off wheat/grains completely.

        • I’m considering going grain free for a while. What would be the best rice alternative for a steamed veggie dinner? Lentils? I’m new to this and currently feel a bit overwhelmed after reading the article and many of the comments.

    • I have cut grain out fir 7 days and lost 7 lbs

    • My daughter was sick in 2013. Hospitalized twice. Doctors didn’t know what was making her sick. Tried the brat diet. Nothing. So for that whole year she was sick,diarrhea, throwing up,fatigue,pale. In the beginning of 2014 as very good friend of mine told me to put her on a gluten free diet. I did just that and to my surprise it worked. In the matter of a week she was beginning to feel better and at two weeks she looked and felt better. She was checked by a specialist. But she was negative on the celiac or gluten because she had been gluten free for a whole year. She had no gluten in her body. I of course owe my daughter’s life to my friend. What would have become of my daughter if she would have never told me. I’m very thankful. Reading your post about grains is so true. I agree 100% . Thank you

  2. Hi there, just wondering your opinion…..we went gluten/dairy free about 2 months ago…..but have substituted rice and a few other alternatives in place of the old gluten. Also, drinking rice milk, almond milk, etc.

    From what I am understanding, you are advocating a diet of meats, veggies, fruits maybe, and seems like some diary.

    Since I can’t do the dairy, when I try this diet (on days when we have run out of bread made from rice or what have you) my kids (5 of them) are starving. And actually, they are starving even on days when we have gluten free bread around.

    I know I am on a healthy road, but am struggling with the constant cry of “I’m hungry! I’m starving!!!”


    • Congrats on going gluten free and dairy free! We had those same struggles when we made the switch, and these are my recommendations:
      – Drink coconut milk (you can make your own) instead of rice milk or almond milk, both which actually contain a lot of simple carbs (aka sugar) and will only make the kids feel more hungry.
      -Emphasize the healthy fats more. We were not doing this at first, and you do feel like you are starving, and likely are just not getting enough fats. We order coconut oil, olive oil, and tallow from here to make sure we have enough on hand. Incorporate a lot of meats, avocados, olives, oils (olive, macadamia, etc) and put it on everything. Add coconut oil or tallow when cooking veggies, make salad dressings and dips with oils and let the kids snack on guacamole or olives if they will eat them
      -With kids especially the fat is vital, as is protein. fill in the extra space with things like sweet potatoes, squash, etc that are starchy but won’t cause a huge insulin spike, which makes them hungry.
      -For kids, you can make smoothies with coconut milk, cocoa powder, almond butter, coconut oil, chia seeds etc (and raw egg yolk if you get brave). this helps fill them up and makes sure they are getting enough fats. they will also probably be able to concentrate better and sleep better once they get enough fats since their hormones will be in balance.
      Hang in there, I remember being there, and it does get easier. Congrats on being grain/dairy free… that is a huge step. hope this helps some!

      • Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk contains only 2g of carbohydrate and 0g of sugars per cup. It does provide 30% of the RDA for calcium, which is why I drink it.

      • Hi, I have enjoyed looking through much of your information and plan to get through all of it as I get the time.  We are a week and a half into going grain free and dairy free and learning as much as we can.  We have done fairly well but live in a small town and I am having trouble finding a few items I need.  I have ordered coconut flour and almond meal from amazon and will try to make my own in the future.  Since I’ve read some of your recipes I would like to try making my own coconut milk since what I can find here seems pricey for as much as we have been going through.  So my questions are :where is a good place to find unsweetened coconut flakes?  I can only find sweetened where I’ve looked in my town.  Also, I checked out the soaperchoice website:what exact kind of coconut oil do you order?  The food grade?  Certified Organic? 

      • the tallow does not appear to be certified grass fed?

      • Do not advocate oils, oils should be ingested in its natural state, like actually eating a raw olive, avocado or coconut. You see, when you extract oils you are also leaving behind nutrients in the fibers that help the oils as whole. The synergy in all the nutrients combined is what makes that fat healthy, not just one part of it.

      • do you have an opinion on consuming human breast milk? Surely human beings are capable of digesting their own mother’s milk?

      • What about eating right for your blood type?

        • My first undiagnosed problem was cured by Eat Right For Your Blood Type. I’m O positive and it said not to eat wheat. When I stopped it at that time it stopped all the symptoms I had. I still follow it to a degree.
          My husband thought I was crazy, but within 3 mths. he was asking me about the diet. I said, Let’s try it together strictly for one month and see if it helps you. He was having bad pain in his arms and thought he’d have to quit working. He went on the plan with me and we were very strict about the rules. At the end of 3 weeks he told me that all the pain in his arms was gone! We were amazed. But as time passed we gradually went back on wheat. Now after seeing Dr. William Davis on Wheat Belly and Dr. David Perlmutter on Grain Brain, I have gone off wheat totally and am thrilled with the results. My husband joined me in this too. I still read all the things I can about health and hope to improve my health even more than I have. If I hadn’t been trying all these things over the last few years I know I would have been in a wheel chair and have a lot of pain. So I’m more than happy to make what some people think of as sacrifices (not eating donuts, bread etc.) in order to keep that from happening.
          I try to tell people how much this could help them, but they don’t want to listen. I say things like “just try it for one month and see how you feel” but no dice. Why are people so unwilling to listen?
          I’m glad there are so many people on this blog that understand how food can effect your health. I’ve always been of the opinion that if it doesn’t hurt and isn’t against the law why not try it and see if it helps you.
          Thanks for everyone’s input on this blog. I read it almost every day.

      • Is regular almond milk, not flavored, equally as good?

    • I make coconut flour bread and I love it. I can make it sweet or not sweet. They both work great!
      I also make coconut flour lemon poppy seed muffins. I find all of this very filling.

  3. Ditto, to what Jenny said above. I can completely relate! But what about sprouting grains or soaking grains/flours as recommended by Sally Fallon in her cookbook Nourishing Traditions? Doesn’t this make them easier to digest? Your thoughts?

    • The best of my understanding is that sprouting and soaking grains does minimize their harmful properties, but some people still can’t handle them. For instance, it reduces the phytic acid content and some of the nutrients, but gluten particles can exist, so anyone with an intolerance or allergy still wouldn’t handle them well. Also, even sprouted grains or soaked grains can create a pretty big insulin response, which can be a big problem for people with certain underlying healthy conditions, and can make weight loss difficult. In the end, we don’t eat grains in any form, and I certainly feel better for it, but for those who still like to consume grains, I suggest only these forms and only after eating enough quality proteins, fats and vegetables. I do like much of what Sally Fallon says though, and I think that fermented foods can be a very healthy part of a real food diet. I’m experimenting with kombucha and water kefir now… if anyone has any experience, I would love any tips!

      • I think elimination of fermented food was one of the big mistakes of my body reconstruction plan. All of the longest lived people on earth eat some kind of fermented food. I have very serious Celiac and Diabetes and Tibicos (water kefir) is wonderful. Do enough to be able to eat some of the grains once a week and you will see amazing results. Natto from our japan friends will also boost your K2 level. I believe K2 is what used to be what W.A.Price called Activator X.

        You can also make your Tibicos with coconut water – and that makes a wonderful drink.

        Grain is a plant Embryo. We do not need plant Embryos. That is a radical approach but if you consider that most of the things people are allergic to are plant embryos, you will see that the plants are trying to protect themselves from being extinct. And protect us too from eating things like grain that will damage our bodies.

        Coconut milk from one coconut has about 3-4 table spoons of coconut oil. If you mix in an extra tablespoon of oil it makes a wonderful base for a salad dressing. Likewise the “meat” of the young coconut with a spoon full of virgin coconut oil.

        As to oil, I avoid the plant embryo oils, those made from seeds. Coconut, Olive and avocado oils are made from the fruit. (The embryo / seed part of the coconut is inside the part used for milk or oil. It is pithy and cannot be missed in a mature coconut.)

        Hopes this helps,


        • Wow, I had never thought of it that way “embryo”! This makes so much more sense this way! I am copying this for future reference. Thanks LAN!

        • Please do not ferment coconut water. In Polynesia it is never fermented because there is a particular bacteria that can overgrow and cause illness. Coconut water is so healthy as is that fermenting it is not necessary.

      • Fermented foods are very important. I use yogurt fermented for 24 hours, which reduces the lactose to almost nil. Kim Chi is also great. Kombucha is easily infected with bad bacteria, you must be very careful with it.Sauerkraut is also good, and very easy to make

      • Gluten. The presence of gluten in the digestive tract stimulates satiety hormones, which is one reason why whole grains are recommended for weight management. Moreover, gluten is only problematic if one has a sensitivity to it, similar to those with an intolerance to lactose.

        As for phytates, they are considered to be anti-nutrients because they tend to bind with minerals, which can prevent their absorption. For the same reason, the binding property of phytates can also keep toxins and
        cancerous substances from being absorbed. Since the lack of absorption of valuable minerals is our primary concern with phytates, consuming food sources high in vitamin C with foods containing phytates will increase the absorption of iron and other minerals. Foods that contain phytates other than grains are: beans, seeds, nuts, soy, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, coffee, and chocolate. Phytates exist in all plant foods providing the plant with a natural chemical protection against insects, mold and fungus, and is principal storage form of phosphorus in plants. Throughout history, in order for humans to consume plant based foods, which have varying levels of
        phytates, we cook (heat), soak, ferment, and process them. Example, soaking, then cooking beans, fermenting bread yeast, cooking rice, potatoes, and corn, etc. The biggest problem we face with consuming phytate rich foods is that while we as humans have the enzyme phytase needed to break down phytic acid, some of us
        don’t make enough of the enzyme, or we eat too much of high phytate containing foods. Typically too much even of a good thing is not good. Taking a probiotic like lactobacilli helps the body produce the phytase enzyme. Additionally, sprouted grains activates the phytase enzyme in the plant, thus reducing phytic acid. For all of these reasons, most people don’t experience problems with a high-phytate diet. Most importantly, phytic acid is an antioxidant, a phytonutrient, has anti-inflammatory effects, helps normalize cell growth and stops the proliferation of cancer cells, and lowers a food’s glycemic load.

        Similarly, lectin, which is found in dairy, nuts,
        soy, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and eggs, not just whole grains, is a
        protein that one can have an intolerance to similar to those with gluten
        intolerance. People that have a lectin sensitivity or intolerance would
        experience an immune or autoimmune response in which a doctor or registered
        dietitian could diagnose. As with all food allergies, intolerances, and
        conditions affecting the digestive system, certain foods can then be avoided.

        Everyone reacts to and tolerates grains differently, unless
        you have physical problems with them, it is not a good idea to avoid these
        nutritionally dense foods. I personally have a seafood allergy, but I NEVER
        tell people not to eat seafood because of my reaction to them. The American
        Dietetic Association does not advise against grains, unless there is an
        allergy, sensitivity, or condition that warrants the elimination of a
        particular food from the diet.

        Note: I am in my 4th year of my dietetic education at San Francisco State University with a 3.9 GPA. All of the information above is taken from a research paper I wrote based on scientific studies published in peer reviewed journals.

        • Thank you Ken, I think your comment helps put perspective on a lot of dietary issues out in the media currently. I tend to follow Sally Fallon most, since she is based off Weston A. Price, who studied numerous indigenous cultures, finding a whole host of healthy diets. We need to keep all our food sources pure, and, in the case of wheat, maybe some of us (except for celiacs) need to go back to eating ancient varieties of wheat. This is where I’m at, I seem to be gluten intolerant, though my blood work does not show celiac. After being off wheat for some time, with occasional slip up, I’m ready to try einkorn and emmer. I’m tired of finding not enough in my cupboard, I like to cook, and at least I could fix my own with the flour from these grains. I generally do not care for gluten free foods, besides their general lack of healthy ingredients. And I do eat coconut oil and plenty of animal fat. So, wish me luck, should you happen to read this, and my best to all who strive for good health. And thank you wellnessmamma for your blog and kind acceptance of those who may disagree..

        • Ken are you a paid shill or just misled?

      • Can’t figure where to post…just want to suggest it would be wonderful if you included links or cited your research findings on all the claims you make on this article. Which by the way is very interesting but would be very helpful if you included references. Thank you.

        • Completely agree. I find your website really interesting, but some references would be very helpful

  4. Girlie, I would love to meet you some day! I LOVE your website. Been doing most of what you say for a few months and the benefits are worth it! You rock!

    • Thanks! So glad you enjoy it and thanks for the kind comments!

  5. I find it interesting how things work. I have been trying to loose weight for a while and was put onto a website ( to read some information on Primal Eating. I decided to try it and have been steadily loosing weight, with a few falters here and there. Now, when trying to find information on the “healthy food pyramid”

    What do I find, justification for the way I have been feeling and yet another reason to give the grains away.

    Thank you Wellness Mama

  6. Autism? Cite your study…

    • exactly…absolutely NO SCIENTIST, PERSON, RESEARCHER, ANYONE knows what causes autism

      • Maybe no one “knows” what causes autism, but it is a fact that many, many parents have witnessed their formerly healthy child regress into autism after a vaccination or vaccinations. Before vaccines, autism was unheard of; and as the number of vaccines given to babies has increased, the rate of autism has increased tremendously.
        I believe that there is a hereditary factor, because my older brother, born in 1942, had the symptoms of high-functioning autism. My mother’s brother had some symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism), and my granddaughter has Asperger’s Syndrome. She had often been given antibiotics as a baby and child, and I suspect there could possibly be some connection with antibiotics as well as vaccines. I have read also that giving Tylenol after a vaccination can increase the risk of a child developing autism.

        • And check out the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”… her research on this is the best I’ve seen and the most plausible theory, and I personally know several people who have reversed autism in their children with her methods.

          • Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.

          • This is SO WRONG. As someone who works in autism therapy, I can say for sure that vaccines and grains do not cause anyone to regress into autism. Autism often appears later in childhood, between 2 and 5, partially because many symptoms aren’t a part of infant behaviors (speech problems, emotional understanding, etc). Gluten free diets CAN manage behaviors in autism, if the child has a gluten sensitivity, eliminating grains makes them feel better and exhibit fewer outbursts or other behavioral issuesthat often stem from irritation. But gluten has nothing to do with the presence of the disorder itself, just the presentation.

        • Actually, Wakefield et al. (1998), which supposedly found a link between vaccinations and autism, was retracted from The Lancet. Why? Falsified data and highly unethical methodology. And the only reason this was thought of to begin with is that the symptoms of ASD are noticed around the same time that vaccines are given. Taylor et al. (2002) also found no difference in developmental regression between two groups of children with autism (the total sample size was 473 children): vaccinated and unvaccinated. There was also no difference in the prevalence of gastrointestinal issues between the two groups. In other words, vaccines don’t cause autism.

          Edit: There is much more evidence than this one study, but I’m too busy to sift through the hundreds of articles in PsycINFO on the matter.

          • Penny,
            Of course the medical establishment, which profits from vaccines, is going to try to suppress and debunk the evidence that vaccines is linked to autism. What do you expect them to do?

            You forget that corruption exists in the establishment and you falsely assume that everyone in it is honest and objective. Authority is not truth, as you’ve been programmed to believe. Truth isn’t something handed to you on a silver platter, it’s something you have to dig for.

            Listen to what Dr. Wakefield said about this. He was never debunked and has been subjected to a smear campaign. He has nothing to gain from his study, but the medical establishment does. Remember the rule to find the truth is to “Follow the money”. The money trail leads to the establishment’s interests in suppressing the truth.

            Study the evidence that Dr. Wakefield presented. Don’t just rely on the Lancet. Authority is not truth. Truth is the authority.

            Finally, just to let you know, everyone I know who didn’t vaccinate their kids say their kids are far HEALTHIER than other kids who did get vaccinated. That should tell you something.

        • I believe autism/ASD is merely a ‘gifted’ child/ person who’s brain power is heavily advanced on the creative / intuitive side and they need an excellent diet and lifestyle to compensate for the lacking areas of the brain. More severe in some than others, hence ‘spectrum’.

          • You clearly have no experience of children/adults with severe ASD if that’s your deluded point of view.

        • I have an autistic child who has 3 autistic cousins. All from his fathers side. It’s genetic.

      • Ugh…I agree completely. The connection/causation thing has been so abused when it comes to autism. If there were a definitive causal relationship with ‘tylenol or vaccines’ it would’ve been revealed. No point in risking re-establishing major, vaccine-prevented sickness by creating an unsubstantiated paranoia about vaccines.

        • I think the link between autism and vaccination has pretty well been substantiated. is but one study showing that AmeriKans having the highest rate of vaccinations have the highest rate of autism. That vaccine manufacturers have used their influence with the US government to allow themselves to be EXEMPT from any liability by anyone for any harm done by vaccines is further proof that they know, but make so much money driving fear based need for vaccines that they don’t care. Oh, yes, the government did take a couple billion dollars from drug companies and set up the vaccine fund to help pay for damages from vaccine use. The problem there is that autism is not in itself recognized as a disease.

      • If you want information about autism go to Natural News and type in autism. There are plenty of articles explaining some of the causes. Example:

        When you go to this site, try reading about Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) first so that you understand his background and his expertise, he’s NOT some internet idiot publishing garbage!

    • I don’t think anyone has stated that eliminating wheat/grains will cure autism, but I have read many accounts of greatly reduced anger outbursts and better control of emotions and even elimination of some of the “odd” behaviors in autistic children with the elimination of wheat, specifically. When you learn about the effect that wheat has on the brain, it makes a lot of sense. 

  7. I’m learning a lot on your website.  I have a couple of questions for you about eliminating grains.
    First, are the quasi grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and perhaps amaranth okay to use in moderation if they’re rinsed and soaked with whey or vinegar, etc.?  Second, is it possible to gain weight eating this way if that’s needed?

    • The quasi grains are a better option, especially if they are prepared
      well…. and if you don’t have any actual intolerance, you may be
      able to eat them just fine in moderation. That being said, they still
      aren’t the most dense sources of nutrition, and there are almost
      always better options. It is certainly possible to gain weight eating
      this way if needed, though for some this requires eating more starchy
      veggies (sweet potatoes, winter squash, etc), dairy, fruit and lots
      of good fats. If there is an underlying intolerance to grains, it can
      actually suppress weight gain, so for someone trying to gain weight,
      removing the grains will sometimes make a much bigger difference than
      they expect.

      • Thanks…I’m glad about that as I find it hard going completely grain free and we have some of these alternative grains already and would like to use them.  I guess millet isn’t as good because of the high phytic acid content and because it’s more starchy.  Is wild rice also sort of a quasi grain?   Sweet potatos are enjoyed here and especially with coconut oil or homemade butter.  Sounds good about the weight gain and it’s nice that it can help those who need to lose as well.  Also, coconut flour isn’t technically a flour, so do you think it would be okay to use it sparingly? We used to eat whole grain breads several times a week if not every day, so it helps to have something to eat that’s a little like bread.

        • We use coconut flour around here, though certainly not every day. It
          does have some phytic acid, but in general is higher in protein and
          fiber than regular flour without the glutens/lectins, so I personally
          think it is fine occasionally.

          • That’s good; I’m trying to keep the coconut flour to about once a week and trying muffins and substituting almond flour, too.  I’ve been off grains for over a month and it’s going fairly well.  I just made regular zucchini bread for the rest of the family today(sifted bran out and soaked) and was struggling with not eating it, but made some almond flour zucchini muffins for myself and that gave me an alternative.  I’m looking forward to trying several of your grain-free recipes when I can get the ingredients.  I’m enjoying your website!

  8. So I’ll ask the same question I always ask in anti-grain threads like this; If grains are so bad why do Asians who follow their traditional diets, which include white rice with every meal, remain healthy and slim?

    • Post on this coming soon, but there are several reasons. First, they
      eat fewer carbohydrates, on average. They also historically consume a
      lot of fermented foods and sea foods, both which help neutralize the
      harmful components of grains. Comparatively, white rice is also one
      of the least offensive grains, as it has less phytic acid and lectin
      and has no gluten. There is also evidence that many people in asian
      countries have a body type that makes it more difficult to gain
      weight easily, though it certainly happens, especially when they
      adopt a wester diet.

      • Thanks for responding. I like your web site. There is one topic that is of interest to me dealing with elevated uric acid levels. The standard approach to lowering serum uric acid has been to follow a low-purine diet. Unfortunately it is a bland, boring low-protein diet with many healthy foods taken out. There was this chap on You Tube that spoke briefly about a Paleo style diet having beneficial affects for people with elevated serum uric acid.  Unfortunately this person didn’t go into much detail. Have you heard anything about this?

        • I have (actually another post on the docket eventually). Great
          question though…. I’ve worked with several people on this, and it
          seems like a condition that is becoming less understood by many in
          the medical community lately. There are many factors that are
          involved, but the biggest one by far, is the fructose/uric acid
          connection, and monitoring of insulin levels. In my opinion from
          working with clients with high uric acid, removal of fructose is one
          of the most important steps, and has a much bigger effect than a low-
          purine diet. also, for men especially, healthy fats and adequate
          protein are so important for other actions in the body, that removing
          or lowering them too much can have a negative effect on the health in
          other ways. So, since a paleo diet largely eliminates fructose and
          keeps insulin in check, many do have a positive reaction to it. For
          someone trying to lower uric acid, I’d focus on a diet that includes
          adequate proteins/fats but also has enough veggies (especially green
          and leafy) to keep the body from going into ketosis too often, which
          can be hard on the kidneys, especially during the early stages of
          lowering uric acid levels. The good news is that for the most part,
          elevated uric acid levels are not that difficult to correct and the
          body is certainly capable of normalizing them if given the right
          foundation. here are a couple other articles:

          Hope that helps some! Thanks for reading!

      • What about the recent news that brown rice has arsenic in it? What about the other types of rice?

        • The only American grown rice’s that have arsenic came from the Mississippi River basin. Buy California Brown rice and eliminate the worry over the arsenic

          • I read that the California rice was one that had high levels of arsenic in it?

      • I love that now I know whats best to eat

    • Robert, who said they are????

      My girlfriend ,Korean and all her family( brother, sister ,mother ,father) is more dead than alive. her main food is bread and refined rice.

    • Asians have pancrea’s that are much larger than Europeans. They have actually evolved to eat rice.

  9. Thank God I found you!  I stopped eating all grains (as well as starchy vegetables and starchy fruits) 28 days ago and never felt better in my life.  No more cravings – what a wonderful relief – and a 12lb weight loss without a moment’s hunger.  I never want to eat starches again, but assumed that must surely be detrimental to my health since we are constantly told how good for us whole grains are.  Then I came upon your website and discovered for the first time that it is possible to NOT eat grains and still be healthy.  Phew!  Looking forward now to a craving-free and healthy life.  Thank you for your website. 

    • I eat tons of grains (barley, rice) and lots of potatoes…now..
      i am thin , super fit…
      My change was not eating anything processed…i suspect that is the main idea.
      I was trapped in a research facility for 4 months and ate what they gave me,
      my cravings for hamburgers and fries finally left. THAT made me healthy
      and to become super healthy later – no meat, olive oil, and lots of grains, starches (just recently i saw Mcdougall talk about this….he had nothing to do with me – just i agree)
      (i can eat a ton and stay thin unlike before).
      Too many associates have developed heart disease eating lots of milk and meat
      (yet they said they felt great when they went Atkins )

      • I’m curious what kind of meat/milk your associates eat. There is a tremendous difference between traditional grain fed feedlot meat and dairy, which I don’t ever suggest consuming, and high nutrient grassfed beef/dairy from healthy cows that are raised in their natural environment. I’m glad that you’ve found something that is working for you, and purely anecdotal (as your story), my dad saw improvements in his blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, homocystine, c-reactive protein and all other blood markers after completely removing grains and eating more meat, butter, coconut oil, animal fat etc.

  10. I was just referred to your website and I’ve been enjoying perusing around. I originally came to get a recipe, but as I’m learning, we have some similarities in what we believe about health and nutrition. I tend to go against the grain, too. 🙂

    This is the article that has commanded my attention at the moment because I’m 4 days away from completing 21 days on the Green Faces Diet. I don’t know if you’re familiar with it, but basically it’s just about eating green vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats (only in the form of oil at this point.) During Phase 2, beginning on day 22, you add in 2 servings a day of either Ezekiel Bread, Greek yogurt, berries, or any other healthful carbohydrates. The reason I’m doing this (and blogging about the process: is because I 1) wondered if it would help me lose weight, 2) would help me understand if dairy or some other food was to blame for my after-birth acne, 3) wanted to get control of my sugar addiction.

    So as I said before, I’m 4 days away from adding oatmeal back into my diet, and now you’ve got me curious as to whether or not I want to! Ha ha! I do miss my Ezekiel Bread and oatmeal terribly. I thought I would miss Greek yogurt, but I’m pretty sure it’s to blame for my acne, which has now cleared up. After 17 days so far, my energy levels and mood have been a roller coaster! At first, I was SO lethargic. After a week, I started getting energy again and I thought I was getting over my “addictions”, but then this week, I’m back on the energy/moodiness roller coaster! My mood is so unpredictable and it’s not good for me or my kids.

    I hope I haven’t bored you with my story, but I’m hoping that maybe you have an ounce of advice as to where to go from here. My gut is saying that adding carbs in again will help balance my energy and mood. And as far as dairy, I think our relationship is over because of my skin, but unsweetened almond milk was going to be my go-to.

    Thanks for listening! Keep up the good work! I’m going to bookmark your page now. 🙂

    • The emotional roller coaster is definitely normal the first few weeks
      of making a dietary change, esecially when reducing carbs. Basically,
      your body is just conditioning to use other sources of fuel besides
      quick acting glucose and it can be an uncomfortable process. There is
      a chance that consuming grains contributed to the acne also, though
      dairy alone could certainly be the culprit also. If weight loss is
      still a goal, I’d suggest keeping the carbs out, at least for a while
      longer, but greatly upping the fats. Fats will give you a sustained
      source of energy and make the mood swings during transition less.
      Also, since you typically lose some water weight making a change like
      this, make sure you are getting enough sodium and minerals. Salt food
      with high quality sea salt… it will actually help with weight loss
      and alleviate headaches if you are getting any at this point.
      If you want to introduce more carbs to gauge your reaction, go for
      it, but if it were me, I’d up the fats in your diet and keep the
      carbs low, at least for a few more weeks to see how you feel. You may
      find that you don’t even need the carbs at all!
      Best of luck with it all!
      p.s. coconut milk is another great alternative, and you can make it
      at home, and even turn it into yogurt!

  11. Was just introduced to your blog today, and have found it very interesting.  What you have posted concerning grains, sums up my experience over the last year or so.  My husband went gluten free two years ago, and after reading an article about the effects of gluten intolerance on nerves and the brain (i.e. link to depression), I joined him about a year ago.  In general this cut our consumption of grains considerably, although my husbands “go-to” carb was tortilla chips.  We would have brown rice occasionally with dinner, or have gluten free breads when I had time to fix them.  Over time, the commercial gluten free bread options have grown and improved, so we have been buying and consuming more of these products.  It’s in comparing the in-between times, with the times we have gluten free bread on hand, or make or go out and pick up a gluten free pizza, that I’ve observed a difference.  The gluten free breads don’t make me sick or anything (in a traditional sense of the word), but definitely slow me down, in energy level and cognitively.  Still, I kept telling myself, “but they’re gluten free, therefore they should be okay (never mind that most of the flours that go into them are highly refined starches)”.  Reading your article has given me the information I needed to get out of this stuck place, and to move on to healthier choices.  Thanks.

  12. I just recently came across your blog and LOVE it! I am about to make some changes in this house =) I have a daughter with ADHD and I have some weight to loose and my son is delayed in speech and my other daughter has digestive issues,so I’m way excited to start eliminating grains. I have a question,my oldest daughter who is 8 and son who is 2 1/2 struggle to gain weight,they have always been below the charts  and was wondering if eliminating grains will make them loose weight? What are tips to help them gain?

    • Hi Aly,

      getting rid of the grains should not make them lose weight, you will just have to be careful to make sure they get enough overall food, especially fats and proteins. If you have a child with digestive issues, there is a chance that an intolerance could be keeping them from gaining weight, so they might see a difference pretty quickly. Also, for kids, it is great to include foods like sweet potatoes, squash, etc with lots of butter to give them some healthy carbs. If they don’t have any dairy allergies, you can make high fat/protein smoothies with coconut milk, almond butter, chia seeds, vanilla and banana, and that will give them a lot of nutrition and help them gain weight.

      especially for the daughter with digestive issues, you might consider adding water kefir or kombucha or fermented foods to her diet. Depending on what is causing the issues, this might really help. Feel free to email or post on the forum if there is anything more specific I can do to help!

  13. While I eat hardly any bread at all and can’t afford to keep cereal in my house any longer, I do like my oatmeal and will also have grits (with sugar and milk like my oatmeal) occasionally.  Guess this means I can’t have it anymore?  Grits also?  I do try to limit my pastries, etc. to just a little as that’s what puts on my weight … wait … so don’t donuts, cakes, and all that other good stuff.  LOL


  14. It appears to me that your statistics are all based on the overconsumption of grains, mainly processed refined grains.  Though I don’t feel that we need 6-10 servings of grains a day (your pyramid is out of date, even though the new one isn’t much better), I do feel like grains in their whole form are a great healthy choice.  Not all grains are tough to digest.  Not all grains contain gluten.  Phytic acid preserves the grain while growing and is easily removed by soaking the grain overnight.  I eat about 2-4 servings of whole grains a day and it works for me.  Biologically speaking, I realize that everyone is different and my grain consumption would not work for everybody.  On the other hand, I also think that not consuming any grains at all would not work for everybody.  I have a hard time buying into an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to cutting out whole natural foods of one’s diet.  I do agree that refined processed grains add to a slew of health issues, but not all grains are created equal and should be addressed accordingly. 

    • Glad you don’t seem to have any bad effects from eating grains, and
      it is certainly better to prepare them properly as you said. My question for you would be: why do you think it is somehow unhealthy not to consume grains? There are no nutrients (or fiber) that are not available in higher quantities from meat or vegetables. Also, by definition, all grains have to be “processed” somehow to be edible. Eating “whole” grains right off the plant would be unhealthy also, as all the harmful components would remain intact. Thing like meat, vegetables and healthy fats, on the other hand, can be consumed raw
      or with just basic cooking.
      Grains also are high in carbohydrates, and with the epidemics of diabetes and obesity in our world today, hardly seem like a logical choice.

      • I never stated that I believe cutting grains out was 100% unhealthy.  That’s part of that “all or nothing” attitude pertaining to food that I have my issues with.  What you call “processing,” I call basic preparation.  Soaking a grain does not take any crazy machines or complicated directions and doesn’t remove anything but a naturally occuring chemical off of the grain.  Is removing the fur, skin, and bones from meat not the same thing?  Do you eat the face off of a cow?  Or the feathers of a chicken?  Do you peel a carrot?  Do you wash a sweet potato?  All whole foods have a “process” to go through to make them edibile.  Grains are a slow burning carb and can hardly be compared to it’s refined counterparts.  Again, we are all different.  I eat grains in their whole form and have no issues.  I also have optimal health.  But I understand this is not for everyone and everybody needs to find out what works best for them when it comes to the consumption of whole grains.  Because what works for you or I, doesn’t make it the gospel truth of eating.

        • There’s a rather significant difference between the “processing” techniques used for thousands of years or more, and those developed within the last couple of hundred.

        • I find it extremly interesting that you make critical coments here … can’t figure out why someone with optimal health is reading a “wellness” website?? I think those who dont have optimal health should have the right to try grain free for themselves without negative opinions.

      • You prove your ignorance with statements like this. Fruits are often exceedingly high in carbohydrates. Carbs aren’t the issue. That’s Dr. Atkins talking, not logic. Of course you wouldn’t walk through a field and find a loaf of bread, but you may find wheat and grind it up to consume in a number of ways. Quit acting like our ability to prepare foods is some sort of detriment. It’s baseless and dumb. Figuring out how to prepare foods led to civilization (please don’t make me walk you through the steps, the information is out there). Additionally, I never stated that cutting out grains was unhealthy. I simply objected to your promoting of baseless and sensationalistic diets. If you want to lose weight, eat healthy foods, of which whole grains are a part, and Twinkies are not and EAT LESS! Articles and ideas like this give people a scapegoat for their own lack of self control.

      • This is a false statement because again, the epidemic of diabetes isn’t linked to people eating proper servings of whole grain, the epidemic is caused by people eating highly processed sugar like donuts or twinkies.People are also more sedentary than their ancestor counterparts and less exercise is at play as well. People get diabetes because they are over-consuming. You can say that eating too much meat is bad for you to as it can lead to gout because of the lactic acid in the meat, this also leads to kidney stones as well as possible problems. In reality, too much of anything is bad for you and that is what this discussion is failing to miss.

        • Sorry but if you know anyone with diabetes you would know that you can get diabetes from eating grains. More and more doctors are saying to eat as few grains as possible because of the insulin spike that results. I have diabetes and did not eat twinkies and little processed sugar.

          • but I bet you had a lot from either of the following or a combination of some or all: baked goods, meat, dairy, fried foods, alcohol(beer liquor or wine). I hardly consider bread or some form of dough bought at the supermarket or bakery a grain just cause the government food pyramid said it was. It was made from grains is all you can say.

        • You need to do your research to find out that grain might very well be a MAJOR and SIGNIFICANT catalyst for type 2 diabetes as well as obesity. Carbohydrates in high dosages also drive the same problem. The problem is high blood sugars. Repeated and endless high blood sugars have the pancreas wearing out trying to constantly moderate what our obscene diets are doing. It is said that 2 slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar levels higher than 6 teaspoons of sugar from the bowl into your mouth. Or that a Snickers bar raises your blood sugar less than those 2 slice of whole wheat bread. Then add that to our eating truckloads of carbs/grains (same difference) all day long and that is what is making Americans to be fat and sick in epidemic proportions. The body is one machine perfectly made to be perfectly fueled. Apparently we are doing something wrong for all major diseases to be virtually out of control. We all personally know scores with heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, Alzheimer, diabetes, auto immune diseases, etc. Very few are just peacefully dying of old age…

        • Trouble is grains turn into sugar in your system. At least it spikes your blood sugar I believe.

  15. I don’t think that cutting out Dairy is right.  The problem is that if it is not consumed raw that’s when the issues begin.  Just Google Raw Milk and see all of the benefits form it.

    • Just Google “raw milk” now and find all the diseases you can get from it!  With scientific studies to back the info to boot!  Raw milk can cause significant problems, and those trying to decide if they want to consume it need to know about the consequences that can result before committing to the switch.  While some processing that has been developed in the past several decades can decrease the nutritional value of a food item, there are some processes that make food much safer (such as pasteurization).  Definately something to weigh the pros & cons about.  In my opinion, the cons are just way too risky.

      • Google is not an entirely reliable source of information, as information is ranked by search engines based on keywords and popularity, not necessarily accuracy. Hypothetically, someone could get a lot of information ranked in Google about how healthy vegetable oils are… oh, wait, they already did that. While hypothetically there are diseases that can be passed through milk, the CDC has yet to record one death from drinking raw milk. My personal choice is to eat very little dairy and drink no milk anyway, but the majority of the info out there about raw milk is just scare tactics.

        • Very true. Pasteurizing and homogenizing milk may improve some of its more obvious qualities and may reduce the more obvious issues, but for centuries people drank – and still drink – raw milk, and remained perfectly healthy. The dangers from whatever scary bacteria may sometimes lurk in raw milk are quite possibly far outweighed by the less conspicuous damage that is being done by pasteurized/homogenized milk on a regular basis, sight unseen.

      • sorry but that is just bogus.. I grew up on a farm (1960’s) and the now Oh SO scary “raw’ milk was on our table Morning, noon & Night !
        There have NEVER been any documented cases of “raw” milk causing ANY problems.. Perhaps how the indivdual handled it ,, but NOT the milk itself.. !!
        just another Gov scare tatic if you ask me !

        • My daughter and I were very close to being hospitalized from drinking campylobacter-contaminated raw milk in 2010…I won’t drink it again, though I think as long as it’s non-contaminated it’s great for you!

        • I will never drink raw milk again after getting severe food poisoning from it.

      • The issues that can arise from raw milk consumption have a lot more to do with what milk is being used for the testing. Grass-fed, minimal antibiotic (only when sick rather than just for kicks and giggles) cows milked manually, rather than by machine are going to produce a very different product than cows that are force-fed corn as the basis of their diet, pulled into stalls in herds (if not just fed and locked in them permanently) and pumped with machines that are only required to be cleaned once a month. Now, of course you need to kill off bacteria through pasteurisation with the second method, especially considering how often cows can develop sores from commercial milking machine pumps, but if you are keeping all the trash out of the production line, the end product doesn’t need to be sterilized.

        • It sounds like you have been scouring through propaganda from some anti-dairy blog because you make a lot of misguided statements, or you had a dairy and maintained extremely poor practices.

          First, no farmer gives antibiotics for kicks and giggles. Many farmers just break even or only have small profits so wasting antibiotics is not on the list. Not all dairies use BST shots and before the milk is put on the truck, it’s tested (and tested again before processing) for antibiotics and meds, which means, any “hot” tanks are dumped and the farmer is fined.

          Dairy cows are not locked in stalls permanently. I think you maybe thinking of other animals but dairy cows roam around in very, very large barns, or on pasture, where they have free range.

          They are milked with clean machines because farmers/milkers are indeed required to clean the machines after each milking and subject to inspections. Cows are more likely to step on a teat or have it injured in some other way than develop sores from machines.

          Ask to visit your local dairy sometime. You may learn a lot.

  16. Love this site!!!  I know you want us to toss all the bad stuff right away but just can’t do it as I can’t go food shopping til next month.  But I am beginning to cut down on my oatmeal and sugar … going to try that stevia they sell.  Just bought coconut milk today to try and while I don’t really drink alot of milk to begin with, it’s really good. 

  17. Love this site!!!  I know you want us to toss all the bad stuff right away but just can’t do it as I can’t go food shopping til next month.  But I am beginning to cut down on my oatmeal and sugar … going to try that stevia they sell.  Just bought coconut milk today to try and while I don’t really drink alot of milk to begin with, it’s really good. 

  18. Hello – I’m a new reader to your site but have already forwarded the link to several friends. It’s great to read that there are so many people on board the ‘no grain train’! I have crohns disease (an auto immune disease) that I’ve put up with for 13 years and have recieved virtually no helpful answers from doctors. It’s taken my own searching to find this information and whilst I’m relatively new to this lifestyle change, I can already report that I feel so much better. My skin has cleared up (I’ve had adult acne for years) and the all over bloat seems to be improving. I’ve never been an unhealthy eater by consuming a lot of junk food, however, I have been unhealthy by (formerly) eating bread, rice, pasta etc. It was always so frustrating that I found it so difficult to lose weight but I put it all down to my metabolic system in turmoil from the 32 years of mainstream eating habits.
    You say try it for 90 days. It took me around 3 days to feel noticeably better, however for the first 3 days I was in a fog. I suppose that was the process of my body adjusting.
    Thank you for the information! I’ll be sure to spread the word.

  19. WOW! I really like your site. Glad I found it.
    I have lost 139 pounds in the last 18 months. It took the sudden death of my dear wife to wake me up.
    Thanks to your site and others like it I have turned my life around. I feel great and am sharing my story with others.

    Thanks for your service.

    D Moffett

  20. I am by no means an expert on this difficult and comprehensive topic, but somehow I don’t really think we can blame everything from obesity to autism on general food recommendations being bad – simply because a large portion of the population in the western world aren’t following these recommendations in the first place! Because if people did, and ate proper grains (ie not just loads of highly refined white wheat) lots of fruit and vegetables and so on (AND exercised more) – we probably wouldn’t see the obesity “epidemic” we have right now.

  21. Shared this link on FB.  One of my cousins commented that she was “not going to give up grains”, and went on to list all the foods she eats that have grains.  I think “the lady doth protest too much!”

  22. Can someone explain why people in China, India, Korea, Japan, or oriental nations have been eating so much rice but only started to develop modern day diseases several decades ago?  Are they immune to the effects of grains?  Because it would seem like if grains were this harmful, they would have a long history of such diseases.

    • There is a big difference in the phytic acid and lectin profile in rice compared to wheat, for one thing. Also, they eat many foods high in iodine, which supports endocrine function. While I personally
      don’t consume grains in any form, they are far less harmful when prepared traditionally, and many of the asian countries still do this to some degree. At the same time, they have reduced their traditional processing of grains, and added more processed elements just as we have in the past couple decades. Artificially created oils
      (vegetable, canola, soybean, etc) have also made their appearance in the last couple of decades, and there is increasing evidence that
      this alone has contributed to rise of disease.

    • Hi  Saab,  Those countries you listed ate alot of carbs but prepare the rice properly they put it through a combination of processess such as fermentation, souring, sprouting and eventually cooking which helps with lowering the phytic acid. Those that couldnt adapt to this diet or high insulin use died out over a millennia ago (orientals have much bigger adrenals than westerners precisely because of this). These countries japan especially love their fish which is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

      But if your eating a “balanced” diet the vitamins your find in fat will help bond with phytic acid (or the vitamin been a while when i read this up) and stop it in its tracks trying to bond with the minerals Vitamins A (retinol), C, D help with iron calcium and some other minerals.

      Your just going from one extreme to another dropping a high carb intake and eating something high in fat. The body can adapt and learn to make do with just fatty acids but it has been studied to cause insulin resistance and put added strain on the adrenals.

      Btw lectins are found in vegetables! are we to stop eating them as well? no, of course not lectins havent been studied well enough to know whats bad or whats not.

      Also the reason why i mentioned vitamin A in retinol form is that  the beta carotene is hard to near impossible to convert for youngsters or those with a crappy liver function and anything from a meat source raw or cooked is alot more bio-available.

      Also i think seawead that the asians got their iodine content from has a massive phytic content so im interested in knowing what their 7 day meal plan would have been like if they did eat seaweed frequently or not etc.

  23. The more I test on myself, the more I realize grains just make me feel AWFUL. I think I’m finally ready to quit after reading this article!!

  24. What’s your take on Quinoa?

    • It is on the better end of the spectrum, but doesn’t have nearly the nutrition as vegetable based starches. I use cauliflower rice in
      place of most dishes that call for quinoa or rice.

      • You do realize quinoa is a seed, not a grain, right? So then do you also dismiss flax and chia too?

        • AMEN! If someone is calling quinoa a “grain” you immediately know that they have no idea what they are talking about. IT’S A SEED!!!!

  25. I enjoyed reading the article and found it very informative. It’s given me “food for thought” definitely!

  26. How is this diet any different from Atkins or low to non carb kind of diet? You say you can eat starchy veggies like sweet potatoes and yams, what about regular potatoes? 

    • From my understanding, Atkins advocates practically no carbohydrate consumption (under 20 g) in the beginning, including limiting green vegetables. Under my suggestions, whether a person ate sweet potatoes/yams or not would largely depend on his/her goal. If a
      person was healthy and a natural weight, and especially if he or she exercised a lot, consumption of these would be fine. On the other hand, for someone trying to lose weight or recover from diabetes,
      they could be problematic and it would be better to stick to less starchy veggies.

  27. previous to the birth of my 7th kiddo, I had been living grain/sugar free for probably 5 years…had been my leanest and feeling my best ever, even in my forties…also I had noticed that my skin was clear as could be for the first time in years…I had excellent energy…while pregnant w number 7 I loosened up on my better habits…and yes I had some weight to lose after, but I’ve just recently dropped the last 13 or so lb after doing completely away with the grains and sugar once again…..I have never noticed ANY ill effects from giving these up…I lose hair when I wash and brush it, but not more than before, and it is evidently replaced at the same rate…..I notice nothing but good…and I feel great again…better than in years..all of my ancestors are descended from Europe…I know my body just does so much better eating this way.  Once you’re off it awhile you think differently and no longer just yearn for that stuff.  It becomes easier to scrape plates and not want to taste things I don’t eat anymore.  None of it tastes as good as skinny jeans and great energy and clear skin FEEL! HAHAHAHA! 🙂

  28. I have a question. I have very sensitive bowels.  (like sudden bouts of diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc).  I have tried to no avail to find what it is.  I have thought it was dairy, but when I went off that didn’t help, etc. I have never considered grains though. Is this a possible symptom for someone who is intolerant to grains? This really scares me as I love my carbs, but I’m willing to try just about anything at this point.  Any pointers are appreciated. 

    • My guess is that grains are causing those problems. My dad used to have similar issues and thought he might even have IBS or Crohns disease (he still might) but after removing grains (especially gluten containing ones) he is free of the gastro problems. I’d suggest completely eliminating grains and dairy for at least a month to see how your body responds. Worst that happens… it doesn’t improve (though I think it will), and best case scenario… you get rid of those issues.

  29. HI…I am a strict vegan and would love to try this no grain switch but i am at a loss as to what i can eat other than some vegies? I would love any suggestions, my main source of protein has been tofu and i make my own seitan (from Gluten) which i do admit makes me feel pretty yucky after eating it. Nuts also make up a big part of my diet….any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    • I am a vegetarian and I feel your pain…you might try switching out soy (tofu) for whey protein shakes with almond milk and some unsweetened/natural peanut butter or almond butter. 

      • Today’s vegan’s are so ill informed, why do they keep asking where to get protein from? why whey protein? you get higher quality protein from green veggies, leaves and the sorts. Don’t limit your intake on those, AT ALL. You can eat broccoli and kale until you feel you’re going to blow up!

  30. Hi…i have not had a response from the above question…has no-one had any experience on this grain free diet and veganism….any tips/advice??? anybody????

    • Sorry I haven’t responded sooner. I’m soooo behind on emails! I have not personally had any experience with grain free and being vegan. I don’t know your reasons for being vegan, but if it is for ethical reasons, there are certainly sources of humanely raised eggs from healthy and happy chickens, and that would at least make the protein situation easier. If not, my best suggestion is to get protein from beans (not ideal, but better than none!) except for soy and to eat a ton of green veggies for the nutrients. Good luck!

    • why dont you look into the ‘raw food’ movement…. they exclude most grains and have some amazing food ideas. They are mostly vegan too.

  31. What would be your suggestion for increasing energy while eating grain-free? What about consuming low animal products? I find it is hard for my body to digest a lot of animal products, even when consuming fermented foods. What would be your advice on this? 

    I tried eating completely Paleo for a few months and felt incredibly tired. I am not sure I entire agree with you about grains killing us- as there are many sides of the argument with this and other research and evidence that you may not have discussed. As well as most of your points only valid if someone has an allergy or intolerance to grains. But opinions can vary. 😉 And am I wrong, but meat contains no fiber, and eating an excess will cause fat storage….?

  32. Hi, Wellness Mama!

    I’m an 18-year-old girl with polycystic ovary syndrome (which, as you may know, often leads to insulin resistance and with that a sensitivity to carbs). I am very interested in eating paleo, and have already made some paleo recipes (mostly from Elana’s Pantry). The thing is, after watching “Food, Inc.”, I refuse to eat the products of cruelly-treated animals – which of course makes eating meat/eggs/dairy pretty expensive sometimes, especially since the money that buys my food is my parents (and funds are low-enough as it is), and pretty soon I’ll be in college living on my own money… Is there a way to eat paleolithically that isn’t *too* dependent on animal products? I can get nuts and veggies/fruit cheaply, but something tells me that that isn’t efficient on the protein/nutrient front! 

    Thanks. 🙂

    • Oh, and is nutritional yeast considered “paleo-friendly”?

    • Hmmmm…

      well; i reckon you should just eat grain and be a fatty boomba with crap teeth and a spotty face….or ; get over it.

  33. I’m sorry, but this is perpetuating bad science and bad information.  Not trying to be mean, but if you’re going to ‘take a trip back to freshman biology’ maybe you actually should.  Additionally, there are absolutely no studies linked to this to give this credibility.  Anecdotal evidence that you heard from your next door neighbor does not count as a reliable source of information.

    • FOr someone claiming that I’m perpetuating bad science, you give absolutely no evidence to support your claim. Besides the declining health of the average American population over the last few decades, I have personally witnessed hundreds of health transformations from removing grains. This thread has a lot of scientific backing and linked studies about the harmful effects of grains: if you are truly interested in the studies. Additionally, I’m yet to meet a person who can explain away the harmful components of gluten, lectins, phytates and other anti-nutrients in grains or give me any reason that we should actually consume them. All of the so called nutrients in grains can be found in higher amounts in meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. In my experience with clients (not what I heard from a neighbor) I’m yet to see one person have negative health consequences from removing grains, and many have positive health changes.

      • There are a couple things that I have specific reservations about.  Firstly, your comment that human cognitive abilities peaked just before the agricultural revolution.  As far as human evolution is concerned, the brain cavity has not changed much in the last 500,000 years.  So I would like to see the study that you reference for that.

        Secondly, your comment about how grinding grain thus increasing its surface area makes it structurally similar to table sugar.  The process of grinding, and the subsequent increase of surface area, does not change the chemical structure of said substance.  I am curious to see the evidence that supports your claim that your body processes it differently.  Weather I drink water or suck on an ice cube, my body still processes it as water, not as milk or something else.

        Lastly, it seems to me that in reading this, that you believe that increased grain consumption in the last 130 years has directly led to the rising obesity rates that we see today.  While I agree with you that it certainly is a factor, it seems to me that that is an issue that is more complex than just one thing.  There are many other factors that have contributed to the rise of diabetes and obesity than just grains.

        Thanks for responding in an intellectual way, really wasn’t looking for a flame war on your blog.  I apologize for my initial abrasiveness.

        Oh, just remembered, the production of serotonin in the body is directly related to having a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, of which grains are a part.  If you would like me to link my sources, I will be happy to.

        • actually… the more something is processed from its original source the less healthy it is for you.  So grains are slightly more healthier than flour.  There was an article a couple years back in the NY Times Magazine about an artisanal bread baker that grinds his flour by hand.  And people that were gluten intolerant could eat his bread with no problems.  I’ve also heard that some lactose intolerant people can drink raw dairy with no problem.  so, yes, how something is processed changes it – in the case of heating it changes it molecularly.  The most rapid decline in western health can date to the industrial preparation of flour.

          Also, think about it.  You can make glue/paste with water and flour.  you can’t make the same thing by mixing grains and water.  Which one is going to travel through your colon quicker?

      • I’m interested in this topic, but from personal experience I can’t claim I have enjoyed the
        benefits of adopting this diet.

        However after reading this article an idea I may have overlooked is how maybe the body must
        ‘detox’ and ‘adjust’ to no grains. Perhaps you could shed some light on my situation which would allow me to remain, athletically healthy without consuming grains?  I’m mainly intrigued by the idea of improving my vitamin and mineral absorption as I am prone to connective tissue injuries which Doctors have explained will be due to diet, as my bio mechanics are near perfect.

        I’m an athlete, on the verge of becoming professional so take health, nutrition and how my body responds to diets very seriously. I have a fast metabolism, my whole life I’d eat anything I want and not put on an ounce. As a child I was rake skinny as an adolescent thin and gawky and now in my 20’s I have finally managed to attain a heavier build (although still very lean, muscular with low body fat and if I miss a meal on consecutive days I’ll lose weight) by consuming 4-6 servings of rolled oats and whole grains a day. My problem has always been, consuming enough calories to maintain the energy I expend through exercise.

        On suggestion from a fellow track athlete I decided to try gluten free (along the premise of what you’ve mentioned about hormone balances, better absorption of vitamins & minerals).

        To be frank it was disastrous I lost weight immediately, experienced faint and dizzy spells had to miss training on several occasions and I think was lucky not to have sustained injury and as I’m well aware the perils of not consuming enough calories while training extensively leads to fatigue, sub-par performance and ultimately injuries.

        I was smart enough to trial this during the off-season and managed 5 weeks but could not maintain usual training and almost fainted on several occasions, which I felt was attributed to a lack of energy to be honest.

        As soon I introduced Rolled oats again (organic) back into my diet I felt immediate satisfaction pertaining to energy levels, sustained hunger satisfaction (I suspect, as a result of the slow breakdown aspect of oats) and felt all the better for it. I made a self promise to only consume rice, oats and vegetable forms of carbs.

        I have been slack and introduced commercially manufactured wholegrain breads etc back into my diet due in large part to the ease and practicality of sandwiches instead of cooking rice, oats, pumpkins, kumara’s 3-5 times a day.  

        Do you think I can benefit from no grains? Particularly to enhance vitamin, mineral absorption (to hopefully resolve niggling joint issues) while maintaining current body mass levels and athletic muscularity?

        All comments welcome, many thanks for considering!

  34. Replying to the discussion between you and Matt who posted 12/13/2011 02:51 PM. Everyone one has “science” to back up their arguments. The fact is, the proof is in the pudding. I believe that if you have seen hundreds of people’s health, energy and vitality improve on this diet, that is all that matters. Also i would encourage anyone to try this for the 90 days, like you suggest. Get full nutrition blood tests before and after the diet to compare the levels of nutrition and see any other health improvements. Any Naturopathic or Homeopathic Dr. will do these. LOVE your blog and want the BEST health for myself, my husband and our three babies!

    • I agree!  what is ‘science’ anyway?  it’s just people, doing studies – often imperfectly.  and who funds them?  people with agendas.  usually ones involving a lot of profit, not saving the world.  So the word ‘science’ in and of itself means nothing.  theories get proven and disproved all the time…

      • If everyone had your view on science (taking the implications of the source into account and with a grain of salt) the health system would be a fair sight further than it is now! Its the saddest thing when people argue that they are right with “Because the government says so” or “my doctor/nutritionist says so.” Government isn’t qualified to make these decisions most of the time (or as you mention they often have convoluted motivations). University has also shown me that scientists/nutritionists/doctors can almost never come to a consensus on anything (which is why anyone claiming scientific consensus on a controversial issue almost instantly loses my respect, they completely undermine the fact that debate still does and should exist). Rather than trying to argue credentials the best way to evaluate truth is by becoming scientifically literate, then reading studies ourselves and by using our own experience!

  35. Have you ever heard of Aktivated Barley? It’s supposed to have a glycemic index below that of milk! I’m not sure that all grains are bad… I’m leaning toward sprouted grains especially sprouted or activated barley being very good in moderation.

  36. Yes, can you have sprouted grain bread and tortillas like  Ezekiel Bread? It seems like you can, but I just wanted to get your take on this. 

  37. My wife has cut out grains for several weeks, and was feeling dramatically better, then she had an incident with some Anniversary Cake the she just ‘couldn’t’ refuse. It was a good reminder of how she had been feeling previously. Thank you. Keep up the good work. 8^)

  38. I’ve read so many threads and posts on this that I don’t know who I’m supposed to believe anymore. One blog says whole grains is unhealthy, another one says whole wheat, milk and diary foods are unhealthy, another one says I should avoid eating breads all-together. It’s extremely frustrating. As if everything we’re putting in our mouths has some sort of a health problem. Ugh. 

    I mean just what the hell am I supposed to eat? Munch of twigs and leaves?

    • It is definitely tough.. I struggled with the same questions for a long time and this is just the culmination of what I’ve found to be the most effective both personally and withe clients. Maybe just give it a try and see how your body does…. you can always go back to what you are already doing. I think most health experts would agree to minimize the processed foods and see how much you can do on the rest without negating the positive effects by stressing about it 🙂 Good luck!

    • I had to laugh when I read your reply Manda, I do hear what your saying completely. All I can say is, I have struggled with weight gain for the last 20 years.. big and bigger.. Depressed and more depressed.. my mom died and I went to be with my father and brother and he told me about what he was doing. I said I have to try something! Its been over 3 mos. I have lost over 25lbs., Went down 2 sizes, and have much more energy, but the greatest thing is I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER… mentally, and joint pain is not anywhere at all like it was. I have had some hair loss I noticed. but seriously this has been the best thing for me I have ever tried. I hope I never go back to consuming the carbs I once lived for.  Try something and if it works for you.. then I feel its right. But you wont know until you try, and give it your all. Hope that helped a bit. Good luck!

      • I have known people that have removed some of their intestines to live without the pain of colitis and other similar illnesses when all they had to do was cut these things out of their diet. If you need the scientific proof of the matter, Elaine Gottschall book breaking the vicious cycle
        has it all and there are diet plans at dedicated to this. I am no hippie but when it started to affect me and they wanted me to take pills the rest of my life I went this route and it was immediately better.

    • That’s the real point here. Sites like this one try to tell you that what you’ve been eating and like to eat are bad for you. It’s crap. That’s just not true, as omnivores we’re designed to survive on a varied diet. This stems from evolutionary developments. The fact that we are upright walkers means that we evolved to cover great distances (do some research if any of you don’t understand). In those distances we would encounter a variety of foods to live on. Being omnivorous allowed us to survive. So for people to claim that we’re no supposed to eat this or that is to be ignorant of our evolutionary origins and the purpose of various body parts.

      • I’d hardly agree that the diet many people eat is “varied” anymore since the latest stats I’ve seen show that we (as a population) consume largely wheat, soy, corn and sugar… Additionally, one wouldn’t just happen across pre-made breads and pastas while traveling great distances by foot (which we also don’t do now) and gathering grains would be a more time consuming way to obtain nutrition than meats and even vegetables if they were available…

        • You also need to take into consideration, most people don’t eat minimally processed whole grain, most consume highly processed grains that have no nutrient value other than carbohydrates and calories, so unfortunately, you cannot really base grains being “bad” for you based on the American populations health and eating habits.

          • Please qualify “most”. I’m only willing to discuss real points, not assumptions.

          • Thank you. I hardly consider any form of baked goods or dough a grain. Yes, they came from grains. Is ricin a legume or a poison? It came from a bean but that’s it.

        • It’s nice that you hardly agree but you have no evidence for your claim. Like most of the “information” here, you’re working with pure assumption.

          • Just happens to be “pure assumption” based on common sense and logic as opposed to based on “this is what i do so it must be right!”

      • Your reasoning is very weak. No one says that we should only eat one type of food (i.e. being exclusively a herbivore or a carnivore), but vegetables, meat, and healthy fats (quality dairy). According to your reasoning we can eat tires, rocks, oil, and drink sea water and be fine.

        Just try taking a walk through your local forest and eat a bit of everything you see. You’ll either be sick or dead. Historically, parents taught their offspring what was edible and what might kill them. Everything they ate was fresh and fairly pure. Compare that with today.

        People who claim we can eat anything we want and expect no impact are ignorant of reality.

        • Heath: Nobody here has discussed being either a vegetarian or carnivore solely. Your point here is erroneous. The discussion about being omnivorous is to illustrate the many ways your body is designed to process grains amongst other foods. That’s it. Additionally, your parents taught you to eat grains, just like their parents taught them and their parents taught them… Even the native cultures that people like to treat as the most honest and pure eaters eat grains regularly. The point is that grains are not bad. Just focus on eating whole grains and smaller portions in general. The only people who shouldn’t eat whole grains are those who truly have Celiac’s Disease (a very small group in America <1%).

          • Daisy, you’re missing the point! Why do more than 1% of Americans need to know about something that less than 1% have? That’s like saying everybody needs to know about how to live with MS.

          • You misrepresent my comment.

            I said 1% of Americans are AWARE of having celiac disease.

            You can only guess how many sick people do not know what makes them sick.

            Pasta! Rice! Oat cookies! Donuts! ENJOY! but expect consequences.

            Government???? HA! Whom do you trust to?

            Google what kind of food industry government subsidizes.

            Subscribe to Scientific American.A very progressive magazine!!!!!!

          • Who cares how many are aware?!? If you have Celiacs, you’ll know when a doctor tells you. Then you’ll have cause to know anything about it.

            As for the rest of your “post”, it looks like you’ve joined the ranks of the paranoid delisionists. Congratulations! When you run out of assumptions paranoia is all you have left. Like so many when evidence refutes your claims you just say the evidence is lies. Convenient.

          • I am all for constructive debate, but a lot of your comments are bordering on rude and name calling. I know that you like when other commenters stick to facts, so please afford them the same respect and avoid names like “paranoid delusionists” or I will remove you from being able to comment…

          • Doctors are not “up” on Celiac or even gluten sensitivity. I’ve seen 12+ doctors and been told all kinds of things from IBS to eat more fiber to you’re getting older to it’s in my head. Clueless doctors are not uncommon. I try to believe they mean well, but are severely uninformed about nutrition. (You can check any publication marketed to folks with food allergies like Living Without or Celiac Sprue newsletters or talk/lurk on forums for folks with these issues. I know I’m not the only one who has been given the runaround by MDs.)

            There is another group of folks who develop mental health issues (depression and schizophrenia are common) but don’t have digestive symptoms. 1% of the population may be Celiac but it shares 7 genes in common with Type 1 diabetes so the last studies I checked determined that 10 to 20% of type 1 diabetics are also Celiacs. Depending on the study you review, at least 3.4% of those with autoimmune thyroid disease have Celiac disease. These studies didn’t test for gluten sensitivity. I am not a Celiac, but gluten and several other prolamines are problematic. If you would like studies cited, lists studies all the time. (He is a heavy emailer, but every claim has the study he is referencing. Also he calls all prolamines “glutens” so some people quibble about his choice of word.)

            The point of sharing this information is so people don’t spend years with little “mysterious” problems until they blow up into something major like autoimmune disease or digestive havoc. Awareness is important because damage is being caused to the digestive system, brain, and/or circulatory system while you are innocently eating the Standard American Diet… even the one prescribed by the USDA.

      • This is being posted (potentially twice) to avoid my comments being scrubbed out for a second time in response to Wellness Mama’s response to me below.

        “Mama”: First, lets see the stats as compared to USDA recommendations (
        I bet you’ll find that they don’t differ much in a regular meal. Now if
        you want to add in snacking which has far more to do with bad eating
        habits and what is readily availble(which stems from poor habits and
        preparation) and peoples poor balance of fiber and protein to keep
        themselves feeling full throughout the day (i.e. protein in the morning!
        Not coffee and smoothies). What is important is that people eat whole
        grains and move away for over-processed, under tested, lazy grain
        solutions. Eat less pizza, fried-(white)rice and Twinkees (that last one
        should be easy now) and more whole-wheat tortilla’s, breads, brown rice
        and pastas. Additionally, your idea of varied comes across as
        “everything should be even” when the reality is that it should not.
        Follow the link above to get a better idea of how much of what you
        should eat. SPOILER ALERT: Whole grains ~25% of every meal and drink,
        don’t eat, your dairy.

        *NOTE: conspiracy theorists who don’t trust the USDA’s
        recommendations should save their commentary, most of us are not
        listening to your baseless doubting of supported (that mean’s proven by
        other independent scientists) research.

        • I didn’t “scrub out” your comment… my spam filter automatically flags any comments with links. We are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I think you’ll find that many of the people who read this blog disagree with your stance on this (and with the USA myPlate), and it seems that your time would be better spent reading other sites that you agree with…

          • For the record, I’m well aware that there are other websites full of people who agree with me. I don’t need to talk to people who agree with me to make myself feel better or smart. I’m arguing here because people find these sorts of misleading threads that they take to heart without regard for the lack of proof in these claims. I consider it good for people here to, at the very least, think about this stuff rather than just accept it blindly. In fact I believe we have flushed out a more significant point. Most of the people who take the time to comment here believe that they’re being lied to by the government and corporations. But sadly they have to proof of most of that. So, as you attempt to shoo me away, we continue to go back and forth between fact and fallacy.

          • Once again, if anyone needs info from mainstream medicine, REAd the book, WheatBelly, which is written by a cardiologist.

          • Google Monsantos (guest?) They have been genetically modifying grains since the 60s GMOs are not good for you.

      • I absolutely disagree with you.

        It is NOT all grains that are bad ,but those loaded with gluten:Wheat, wry, barley… There are lots of healthy grains ,without gluten: quinoa ,amaranth. buckwheat, millet. You can eat wheat. You will not die ,but you also wount be healthy. PRESENT WHEAT is not healthy !!!!!!
        It was genetically manipulated many years ago. GOOGLE WELL!!!
        Governments make huge money on wheat. It will never tell you the truth!!!
        Make good choices.

        • Daisy, I absolutely don’t care.

          I’m so sick of the paranoid, evidence-less claims that we’re somehow constantly being deceived by our government. Do us all a favor and move if you truly believe that. I was clear in one of my earlier posts that I’m not interested in entertaining such claims.

          To your other point: I Google very well, which is why my statements are all supported by evidentiary claims, supported by various members of the intellectual community. Your claims are circumstantial at best. Most everything we’ve cultivated for thousands of years like dogs, cows, wheat, olives, etc… Are different from their ancient natural forms. Get over it. Those things were modified through breeding to enhance desirable traits. You should’ve learned that in any basic ancient history, biology or botany course. These things we not fiddled with by governments for profit. That makes no sense at all.

          • I like the fact that Wellness Mama says (if you are having health issues), “try it for 90 days,” (if you feel healthier you will want to stay with it), “if not stop.” That is balanced. You don’t have to pay her one cent to try. She has things to buy, for a very reasonable price, to make things easier, but why not? The time she has put into this site and helping folks, she has a right to make honest money.

            I assume most folks willing to try a whole new way of cooking/eating, a lot of explaining to, well… just about everyone in their life, as well as giving up those, Oh, soooo yummy carbs (which many of us are addicted too) are really needing to find answers to health issues. This is a well balanced diet.

            I’m finding I am becoming sensitive/allergic to more and more foods all the time. :,( This WILL cause me imbalanced diet issues if it keeps up. I have fibromyalgia, MCS, asthma, environmental allergies, dyslexia, and ADD as well. Seventeen plus years of research has lead me to believe I have candida albicans over growth. My childhood history fits to a tee.

            A few years ago, I met a gal in my town who had similar issues. She now has great health. She went through a very similar program with a web guy who allows himself to be called a Dr. and is not. He charges thousands to put people through a program using these principles. He has a killer web site. He can afford it! We were considering it but would have had to get a loan. We really wanted to know what we were getting into so we researched like crazy. My husband found the not so good info. on him. Even though we met the gal he helped, my husband and I felt that with all my previous research and with the ability to continue, I could pull a plan together without working with a shady character. And NO loan! 🙂 BTW:This gal would have received no benefit by us using him. She told me a lot so I COULD self treat.

            I have kids following in my health “foot steps” per say. Oh, how I want to help them!!!! Though it’s hard to convince 4 strong minded teenagers to try anything really different. LOL! Obstical #2. Mommy need to get with it so they can see the results!

            #1 obstacle is my present energy level vs. responsibility level. Some things have to be done before I get to play with recipes, (then coax my kids to try them), and clean the kitchen. #3 A tall slender to skinny husband with a fast metabolism. Trying to get enough calories in him on any day is a challenge. (Disgusting! I envy that metabolism.) 😉 He is backing me though. He wants a healthy wife! He was almost widowed when we had thee little boys. He wants me around regardless of the now five chicks, (much older now & starting to fly), and we happen to be rather in love. <3 <3 <3 "TMI mom!" 😀

            To wrap it up. This plan works perfectly with my for said food allergies (dairy, legumes, melons, some grains), and confirms the candida conclusion. What do I have to lose?

            Ok, web friends, I need prayers, encouragement, best wishes, etc, to pull this off.

            Blessings to you all whether you are in or out! (Waves)

          • FYI, WellnessMama makes money every time we visit her site. That’s how it works. She writes what she wants because it gets people to her site.

            That being said, I hope you find something that works for you. Just be careful what you teach your children. I have a family too and I know what it is to be responsible for another person’s eating habits. The challenge is, to not make your dietary restrictions theirs. They’ll grow up afraid of certain foods or (worst-case) as food snobs. Both of those scenarios (just two of many possible) can lead to legitimate eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, etc…). I may not be a dietician like everybody on this site thinks they are, but I am a trained psychologist and I know what early exposure to restricted diets can do to a child’s psyche. Childhood is about exploration and discovery, not restriction. If your children learn to fear gluten, wheat products in general, sugar, etc… as opposed to learning about self-control and responsibility, they’ll turn out to be like so many kids and young adults today who blame everyone and everything for their problems. Not only will they feel unable to solve their own problems (because they’ve been trained to believe that it was something they just didn’t know about at the time), they’ll exacerbate them with apathy. Please don’t let that happen to your kids, they deserve better. Teach them to have one cookie and enjoy it, not a whole box and resent it.

          • What’s important is realizing what has happened to the processed foods over many years, and finding other alternatives. Also, getting involved in voting for and promoting new legislation to address these issues. Everyone has different chemistry and health issues, so to say we all need the same thing would be ridiculous and it’s causing lots of confusion. That being said, there is an individual process we each need to go through to look at what works and is reasonable. If your body feels awful and can’t digest lots of meat, for example, and never has been able to; then I would not tell someone like this that they need to eat a paleo type of diet. Balance can be arrived at if we gather information for ourselves, get holistic guidance, and then find what’s best – your body will tell you if you listen to it. Most of us have forgotten this and eat rather mindlessly and by habit.

          • Wake up call. I tested negative for celiac. Negative for allergy reaction tests. My hormone levels are normal and my thyroid and adrenals are working fabulous. These doctors say there is nothing wrong with me. Eat less workout more. All while my hair is falling out. Chronic hives. Painful joint swelling. Constipation bloating then the big d after. 30 pound weight gain in 3 months ! I am a biochemist by degree. I have read the eating suggestions. I eliminated all grains including rice corn soy dairy potatoes and any nightshades. I eat minimal fruits but loads of green fresh veggies and clean chicken fish beef pork and shellfish. Instead of getting my carb glucose from bread. I get it from the more starchy vegetables like Lima beans. I live most of my days in a state of ketosis verified by pH strips. I have stopped losing hair, stopped bathroom problems, stopped the pain, and lost so far 15 lbs and have my my energy back. No more cravings either. If a diagnosed celiac patient can live without fear of liver, kidney, etc damage so can the people who have weight or other issues. Grain is not the only food that gives you carbs for alternate fuel. As the nay sayers have pointed out. Our bodies do have the ability to alternate its ability to get energy from two sources. Neither is stated in any of my medical books to be better source of energy than the other. So if you like your grains and they give you no I’ll effect, eat it. But for us that are not diagnosed with any disease but are fat and Ill, try getting rid of the grains for 90 days. If it makes you feel safer, do it under the supervision of you family doc.

          • Actually, I don’t make any money at all from site visits. I make a small commission on some of the items on my resource page, but not from visits… my intent really is just to share what has helped me and might help others…

          • I agree with you, I have been grain free since January 1st and have lost 32 lbs, I have hypo-thyroid and gained 160 lbs over the years, synthroid was a failure, desicated thyroid another failure, now on the compound and tsh levels are out beyond 14. failure number 3 and I’m still loosing weight, grains contribute to leaky gut creating an autoimune attack on the body and it takes 6 months from the time you stop ingesting to heal the small intestine. Within a few day’s of being grain free the inflammation in my legs went down considerably I eat 5 to 6 times a day, 2 to 3 of those meals are Chobani yogurts. I have not felt this good in years. I always eat a protein and a carb at the same time carb being fruit or veggies. If you really think it’s ok to eat grains all you have to do is look around and see how well its working for the’s not, whole grains spike the blood sugar cause insulin spikes and insulin resistance resulting in visceral belly fat because the body matabolizes grains as sugar. . take what you need and leave the rest, I’m grain free loosing weight and loving it!!! In large part to this link for which I’m grateful to finally be able to loose weight.

          • I am studying to be a psychologist and the comments you have made thus far make me scared that you are in fact a trained psychologist. Shudder. You have not been objective at all. You have simply barraged everyone with your self-centered opinions, most of which I can say does not appear to be backed up by any research. Where are your sources? It is interesting that you have reacted with anger to every single post that has challenged your narrow-minded opinions. Is this how you deal with clients? May I suggest some well-needed CBT? From your comments alone, I can tell you need it.
            Also your ethics for teaching children how to eat is extremely flawed. Yes, do not train your children to become afraid of everything, but logic would tell you that educating your children on what is healthy and what is not in a balanced manner has to be more beneficial than leaving things as a knowledge free-for-all. I was raised that way, and lived on a terrible diet for many years. Simply because no one took the time and care to properly educate me on healthy eating. Now I am learning that on my own, but that didn’t happen until my 20s. Take care and look after yourself.

          • So what? Better let Wellness Mama make money than ignorant

        • Yes, the whole emerging awareness about wide ranging symptoms from consuming what has now become toxic commercial grains, not to mention endless other gmo foods that have been on the market for decades and consumed in large quantities by the unsuspecting public. Grains (the ones used the most for processed foods) have been modified over decades so that what would be fine to eat up to maybe the 50s is now essentially toxic from development aspects of the grains that made it easier to make gobs of trashy food – profit motivated. Unfortunately our so called regulatory agencies are for the most part corrupt. There’s plenty on all of this by knowledgeable, highly regarding medical and science experts. We can only hope (and I believe it will happen) that the rapidly increasing debate and growing awareness of the truth will force change for the good.

          • It is definitely on the safer end of the spectrum…

          • you hit the nail on the head, Google Monsantos. gmo’s are bad and almost all grains are genetically modified now.

        • I gave up all grains and within 1 month – less my reflux was gone, my sugars came down to normal and I am losing weight. I can live without them

    • Carbohydrates are needed in the brain and heart. I am guessing you are a raw food person. My God,

      what Manda said what I have been whining in my head for weeks!!

      • Not true, the brain and the heart can run on ketones produced by the liver via fat metabolism, and supposedly they work more efficiently than carbohydrates. Which is another suggestion that humans evolved on a mostly low carb diet, and carbohydrates were more of a secondary fuel rather than the primary one most of us use them for today.

        • Here is one of the many reasons why what you said (Cray) is ignorant and mis-informed, (add to that list the fact that Google doesn’t recognize the search “ketones vs. carbohydrates”. It only recognizes the very unscientific term “carbs”, that’s not a good sign for the legitimacy of a search).

          “When on a low-carb diet, your cells don’t get the glucose they need for energy, and your body begins to burn fat for energy, which produces ketones, the American Diabetic Association, ADA, explains. This can lead to a very dangerous condition for diabetics called ketoacidosis. Signs of ketoacidosis are thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, nausea and bad breath. Eventually this condition can lead to diabetic coma or even death, the ADA states. Diabetics should take extreme caution when considering a low-carbohydrate diet and always discuss options with their family physician.”

          I rest my case.

          • Ok, you’re calling what I said “ignorant”, and then you don’t seem to understand the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis. A condition diabetics might face has little to do with normal “healthy” human metabolism… After all, a diabetic who consumes too much sugar can be injured or killed! Why don’t you google “ketones vs glucose” instead. And of course many type 2 diabetics have treated or even cured borderline cases with low carb diets including cutting out your beloved grains.
            Hopefully your case *is* rested, as it’s ridiculous. People can and apparently do live on ketogenic diets indefinitely. They’re even prescribed for specific health conditions. The quote you posted is even less relevant when you consider there are athletes following low carb diets (and getting some pretty high performance out of them, since if your body is adapted to burning fat, you have a far more vast source of stored energy than you would with glycogen).

          • For starters, I called your comment ignorant because you didn’t qualify it or properly research it. People read this stuff and take it to heart, they don’t research specific conditions like you should before you post sweeping generalizations about dietary issues.

            Next, read this:

            “If you’re losing weight and have ketonuria, this may be related to your body breaking down fat stores to use as alternate fuel to feed your brain and heart primarily. This would be particularly so if you are on a no-carb diet. Ketosis can become dangerous particularly when dehydrated even if you don’t have diabetes. Please see your doctor about this.”

            This is not a common or healthy was to generate energy for your body. Its a process akin to long-term starvation, which I shouldn’t have to say is bad for you. What athletes do to, and with, their bodies is hardly the norm or a good example for people’s everyday eating habits.

            You may also want to read this:

            “Ketonuria is a medical condition in which ketone bodies are present in the urine. It is seen in conditions in which the body produces excess ketones as an indication that it is using an alternative source of energy. It is seen during starvation or more commonly in type I diabetes mellitus. Production of ketone bodies is a normal response to a shortage of glucose, meant to provide an alternate source of fuel from fatty acids.

            Ketones are metabolic end-products of fatty acid metabolism. In healthy individuals, ketones are formed in the liver and are completely metabolized so that only negligible amounts appear in the urine. However, when carbohydrates are unavailable or unable to be used as an energy source, fat becomes the predominant body fuel instead of carbohydrates and excessive amounts of ketones are formed as a metabolic byproduct. Higher levels of ketones in the urine indicate that the body is using fat as the major source of energy.”

            Do you understand now? Using ketones to generate energy is a back-up plan and generally bad for your body.

            And don’t take so much offense to the word ignorant. It just means uninformed, not stupid.

          • “Since if your body is adapted to burning fat, You have a far more vast source of stored energy than you would with glycogen”

            Your post is insulting to anyone with a biology degree. Glucose is the functioning fuel of muscle and brain tissue. Glycogen is literally your muscles fuel. And glycogen is glucose compacted by alpha 1-6 linkages and stored either in muscle or liver tissue. When an athlete runs out of available glucose your liver and muscles begin a dynamic relationship known as the cori cycle. Your muscles use glucose and send pyruvate back to the liver so your liver can perform gluconeogenesis and create clicked using pyruvates.

            When your muscles are looking for energy they also utilize FFA’s and breakdown ketones into C-3 compounds to be used to create glucose.

            This is why distance runners carb load.
            This why carbs are great for athletes.
            However not in abundance, as your very aware extre carbs are stored as fats.
            Also are you aware that when a power lifter squats his maximum, the glycogen in his quad is completely diminished. Not the glucose. The glycogen, completely gone after one rep, what is that muscle craving from the liver now?!?!


          • Try reading “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” before you get all up in arms about carbs being great for athletes – I know that the traditional (well of the last few decades) food for athletes is carbohydrate, i used to be a distance runner and a cyclist. But there is growing research now that fat based diets and being adapted to burning fat may be even better for some types of athletes.

            Sorry to “insult” your “science”, and perhaps I’m not technically correct in some of the mechanics, but the fact remains (and relates to the subject of this article) that consuming low amounts of carbohydrates, and avoiding grains, can be part of a diet that yields high physical performance. It’s amazing how a different idea, even if proven by experimentation to be a good one, gets so much anger thrown at it. Apparently, if one is able to properly adapt to burning fat (by restricting carbohydrate intake), a lot more physical energy can be available to an athlete (or non athlete for that matter). If that doesn’t fit conventional wisdom, then perhaps the conventional wisdom is flawed.

          • Avoiding grains forever is a fantasy. Please live in the real world, This is not possible over the long term and it is ridiculously restrictive. What a wonderful life to never eat a piece of pizza at a party, to never munch on popcorn at a movie, to never actually accept a baked good from a hostess. What kind of life is that? How much longer do you think you’re going to live than me just because you avoid grains. I just don’t get it, you people are driving me crazy. Some people use gluten free diets to mask forms of anorexia IMO. And why do Paleo, no-grain people have to be so darn condescending? I can be healthy too with a diet including grains in moderation and the occasional treat made with… out, sugar!!!!! Moderation, water, exercise, protein rich foods, veggies/fruits, whole grains in moderation and occasional sweets works for me and then I don’t have to be jealous because I’m not completely omitting foods. You can try to convince yourself all day long that you don’t miss being able to participate in a normal life.

          • Who decides that a “normal” life is? It sounds like the individual does. However when it comes to diet, a lot of people think it’s worthwhile to try to figure out what a “normal” food for a human to eat is. And it does not appear to be grains, despite our recent (in terms of human existence) obsession with them.

            I’ll be the first to say that life is for living, yes. Me? I love sweets. It’s hard for me to stay away from my coworker’s weekly-refilled candy dish. But I’m not going to try to convince myself that candy is healthy and I’m not going to make sure I eat lots of heart healthy candy at every meal, and I’m not going to suggest it to my friends or family to get 5 servings of it a day, etc etc. There is food to eat because we’re humans and we’re pleasure seeking creatures and we like to taste things, and then there is food to eat as a staple where you eat it very often for general health. Grains (like anything) can fit into that first category, but I think we’re learning that they really don’t fit into the second. What works for you is fine- there are obviously varying tolerances to bombarding your bloodstream with sugar every meal of the day for every day of your life. But again, that doesn’t make it a healthy choice, and it doesn’t make it the right thing to force down people’s throats by touting them as “good for you”, so to speak.

          • The human body actually goes into keytosis (?sp) every night… when at around 4 am the liver kicks in and gives you a wake up shot to start your day…… I think it is called the Dawn Phenominon Benign dietary ketosis is a biochemically regulated and controlled process which results in a mild release of fatty acids and ketone bodies.

          • Ketosis is happening all the time in your body. You might want to read a a biology text and not rely on online “sound bites” and whether google recognises a search term. Maybe check out google scholar and leave out the vs while doing some serious research.

            Ketoacidosis is a risk for type 1 diabetics and type 2 diabetics using insulin who fail to correctly adjust their dosage of insulin in response to lowered carbohydrate intake. For the rest us with a functioning pancreas it is a complete non issue. Ketogentic diets have been safely used for decades as a very effective way to control epilepsy in children to don’t respond to conventional treatment. The Inuit Eskimo can spend most of their lives in ketosis while following their traditional diet with no ill effects.

            For anyone questioning whether whether grains, wholegrain or processed are healthy – check out Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis who is a cardiologist. He argues that it is the modern genetically hybridised wheat that is so damaging and dangerous. It’s a thought provoking read – based on research and his clinical experience.

          • I read Wheat Belly last summer and it has changed my life. I gave up wheat, sugar, rice, corn, and potatoes. Since August 1st, I have lost 40 pounds without ever being hungry. My type 2 diabetes is under control, my HDL (good) cholesterol is up, my triglycerides are way down, and I look and feel great.

          • That is referring to type 1 diabetics like my daughter . . . not type 2 diabetics like me. Get your facts straight, please. Ketoacidosis for a juvenile diabetic, type 1 is entirely different. When that happens to my daughter, her blood sugar has been running too high.

    • Manda, love your comment.

      Do not be frustrated, it`s very simple.

      1) Evoid carbs that have GLUTEN (wheat ,rye,barley,oats!!!!!yes,OATS).Eat carbs without gluten: quinoa, millet,amarant ,buckweat.
      2)Evoid vegetable oils(corn,sunflower,soybean,safflower).These are pro-inflamatory oils.Use instead olive oil.

      3)consume more long-chain omega3 fatty acids- FISH,or fish oils.These are anti-inflamatory icosanoids.

      For good health you should have right balance of good and bad icosanoids.

      Right proportion of OMEGA 3-6-9. Lots of omega 3 and much, much less Omega6 and 9.

    • Everything in moderation. Just relax and make the most informed BALANCED decision you can. YOU know what’s best for YOU. Not “wellness mama” or the rest of the myriad of “experts”. Though their input can be educational, you don’t have to view it as doctrine. Just do the best you can:)

    • you should study dietetics and human biology on your own, form your own opinion or get your information from legitimate sources who actually have an education in nutrition and understand biology

  39. I agree Manda, it’s hard to decide what to do. But as Welness Mama said, try it and see if you like it. You don’t? Go another route and see if that works better. No harm in trying it for a month or two I guess. I’m going to do it and see what happens 🙂

  40. I’m totally behind you on the going grain free idea, but I’m a vegetarian and I’m finding it excessively difficult to go without grains.   Personally, I would rather kill my body than kill innocent animals so I’ve been continuing to eat corn, soy & rice products while avoiding wheat.  I wish I could take the next step & eliminate these other grains (which are present in every “meat substitute” I’ve seen), so I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for a grain-free vegetarian?

    • Do you eat eggs? If so, I’d encourage lots of eggs, but other than that, it would be very difficult to go grain free without suffering some nutrient losses…

  41. Hi there!
    I find this post extremely interesting because it is just not the conventional thinking when it comes to whole grains. While I totally agree that there is an over-consumption of grains in our culture today, I do find that calling grains poison is an extreme. I know things such as Celiac Disease are on a rise, but grains are the basis of many culture’s food. As I have read in the massive comment list on this post, the Asian cultures have been frequently noted, but even more I could add that the French Revolution was fought out of lack of bread. In that case bread was the only thing produced fast enough that could sustain the population, but even so french bread is still very much apart of their culture today and as far as I am educated, the French are quite healthy as a culture compared to Americans. At the same time, Italians are known for their pasta and bread, but, again as far as I know, the Italians are healthy. I was just wondering if those are accurate assumptions and what you have to say about them. I mean, to be frankly honest, I think it is a better argument that a combination of factors (like a more sedentary life-style, out of control portion sizes, and the unnatural chemicals added to foods) lead to the increase of disease and other negative factors other than just grains alone. I mean they say sitting with a hot laptop on one’s lap also lowers sperm count. Also I was wondering your feelings about grain beverages such as beer. I by no means am trying to attack you personally or your philosophy, I am just super interested because your article certainly made me re-think a lot of my diet and I am in all honesty can see the logic behind grains being unhealthy just as dairy is often said to be also. My only hesitation is that I think it is extreme to totally cut them out.
    Thank you!

  42. We eat a plant based diet.  No meat, no dairy, no oils, no refined sugar, no gluten.  To cut out beans and all grains would be devastating.  We feel good on our plant based diet.  I feel no need to cut out our beans and all our grains (most of which are sprouted). Just wanted to be sure people knew that living grain free is only ONE way of improving your life and eating healthy.  Plant based living is quite healthy as well, perhaps more so from what I have researched.

  43. What about quinoa? Technically it’s a seed but many say it produces the same effect in your body as a grain.

    Also, is there any natural sweetener out there that is healthier to consume (like Stevia)? or would you recommend staying away from them all together?

    • Try xylitol as a sweetener. It’s very low carb, safe for diabetics, and has anti-fungal properties. Make sure you get the xylitol made from tree bark rather than corn.

  44. What’s your view on spelt? Or sprouted spelt? I now only use spelt flour for baking and eat only (1 slice a day) of sprouted spelt bread (which also has spelt sourdough in it). Have cut out pretty much the rest of the grains.

    • As far as grains go, it is on the better end, and unless you have an allergy or intolerance issue, shouldn’t be awful in moderation. I would suggest getting completely off grains, dairy and sugars for at least 30 days and then reintroducing though so that you can see if you react.

  45. Wellness Mama its a pleasure to meet you.
    I was thrilled to come across your artical on grains as i too discovered in 2009 by my lifestyle consultant who too believed the same about grains.
    This has been a refreshing read and I look forward to reading and discussing more about health and nutrition.

  46. Okay, where do I start…

    -If you promote eating like Paleolithic man, then you must also mention that the avg. lifespan for early man was 35.  That’s right, they lived till the ripe old age of 35.  We live more than double that now, so our bodies have changed considerably from early man, thus to say that early man didn’t eat grains so we shouldn’t either is vastly inaccurate. 
    -We have been eating grains for 10,000 yrs., and only very recently (last 100 yrs.) have we felt any kind of increase in cancer, heart attacks, and obesity rates.  So there is no correlation between eating grains and any sort of increase in the diseases you mention.

    The key is: exercise (cardio, tension, some weight-training) regularly, do yoga (or any spiritual endeavour), and eat as healthy as you can.  This includes natural foods, cutting down sugars and salts, etc.  But to say that grains (you include wholegrain) is not good for you based on half-ass empirical data over the past 100 yrs. is absolutely wrong.  We nowadays live longer than man has EVER lived (this peaked with the baby boomers), so to say that we need to alter our diet to a time when our ancestors lived HALF as long is mind-boggling in its assumptions. 

    I would cut out processed grain but would definitely keep eating wholegrains (wheat germ and embryo and bran intact).  To say otherwise would be a vast assumption that you cannot prove, nor do you have the authority to.

    • You are also making some broad assumptions that you don’t back up. Yes, life expectancy was much shorter long ago, but they also had to deal with the elements, predatory animals, and complications like death in childbirth with the chance of a c-section (I had placenta previa with one pregnancy, so although all my other births have been totally natural, that emergency c-section saved my life. I would have been dead at 23 if I lived back then.. has nothing to do with my overall healthy at all). Much of our life expectancy now is due to advances in medicine and hygiene, not because we eat a better diet. Though we didn’t have cancer, obesity, and heart attacks until the last century, there were other lifestyle factors (more movement during daily life, etc) that came into play there. As you also mentioned, the grains themselves and the form we eat them has changed dramatically to more processed versions in the last 100 years and we’d both agree that these processed foods should be avoided, but just because the processed foods are worse, doesn’t make the unprocessed versions good.
      -I also disagree with you that there is no correlation between eating more grains and increase in disease. This article ( ) talks about the link between rising consumption of wheat, sugar and vegetable oils and rising heart disease rates. Also, as grains have been linked to autoimmune disease and autoimmune disease is highly correlated to increased cancer risk, there is a link here too.
      -I’ll also disagree with you that cardio is the most important type of exercise , though I do agree that the spiritual/mental aspect is very important and usually underrated (though I don’t personally do yogo.. for spiritual reasons)
      -As far as whole grains vs. processed grains. If a person is going to eat whole grains at all, I’d highly recommend sprouting, fermenting and soaking them to reduce the anti-nutrient content in the bran, as this part has high levels of lectins and other anti-nutrients that can interfere with mineral absorption.
      -That being said, there is nothing in grains that can’t be obtained from real foods like meat, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, etc, so since they have high levels of antinutrients, there is certainly no NEED to consume them. There are no nutrients you will miss out on by not consuming grains (unlike those who don’t consume animal products and who don’t get B-12) so there is no danger from not eating them, and a lot of possible danger from avoiding them.
      -I find it ironic that you come to my blog and accuse me of making unsubstantiated assertions of things that I have, in fact, given reference and data for, while you make these assertions without any proof or data yourself.

    • I had been eating well, avoiding fast foods unless stuck somewhere where I had to get going quickly. Taking good quality vitamins and trying to exercise. Thought I should be pretty healthy. Then I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I researched it and it was said that your body is attacking itself. That is pretty dumb! Why would it do that? Just like when I had allergies, my body was trying to fight for no reason. So I researched again and found out that wheat causes inflammation. The doctor had prescribed anti inflammatories for me which caused major breakouts on my face and neck and into my hairline. I didn’t want to take drugs so after reading that about wheat, I thought ‘why not try it…….it won’t hurt’ My knees had been swollen for almost a year and different joints hurt on and off. I got off wheat, learned to make coconut flour bread and muffins. (yum) Within about 6 weeks my knees went back to normal. I’d forgotten what they should look like. 🙂 My heartburn was gone, my stomach went down, I lost 2 inches off my waist, brain fog cleared up, most of my joints are pain free, and I haven’t had a migraine in almost 2 1/2 months. I don’t miss wheat and my major sugar cravings are gone!!!! I had noticed before that when I ate wheat I craved sugar, and I couldn’t control it. Just losing the sugar cravings is worth it. I knew sugar was bad for me, but it was a major addiction and I couldn’t stop. Before this I had about 3 days almost every month where no matter how much I ate I couldn’t get full. I hated that! I would eat and eat and eat all day and couldn’t stop. I haven’t had that since I went wheat free. yea!
      I totally believe in it. I agree with the others that say ‘try it for yourself, it won’t hurt and think how surprised you’ll be if your health improves’. I’ve always tried new things when it came to my health, I think that’s how I know this is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

  47. Quick question, I was wondering if you could post a link to an article about grain increasing your risks for many disease states like cancer, autism, etc?  I find it an interesting topic and I haven’t been able to find actual research or documented info to support this.  Just wanted to get my ducks in a row on this topic.

  48. I get light-headed when I switch to a diet filled with more greens.  Is this a normal thing when making the switch from grains?  If so, how long until I feel full and energetic without the lightheadedness?

    • It’s often referred to as “carb flu” and is very normal. How long have you been without grains? Do you have any other symptoms? If it is due to removing the grains and extra carbs, it should go away in a few weeks. Eat more healthy fats in the meantime to help lessen the carb flu..

  49. Jesus made loaves of bread for people to eat.  Anything in moderation is the key.  You can find something wrong with just about anything if you look hard enough and consume enough of it..just my .02

  50. You mention that “studies show…” and “studies have shown…” Yet, WHY DONT YOU SHOW US THE STUDIES?

    You’re citing studies without citing them. You’re making a claim without evidence. That results in a dubious argument.

    • ^Fair enough. There are plenty of studies that could have been linked in. Although, the counter claim, that grains are healthy is very low in evidence…You can always look into it yourself, its not hard to use google scholar or pubmed.

    • Yes Patrick,
      This is what I posted as well. I know the studies are there. Look forward to having these for “proof” to inquisitive people like you who like evidence as a way to trust information.

  51. If being dairy free is so good then what do you suggest I feed an infant?

    • If you are breast feeding, of course that is what baby should be getting and babies have the ability to digest lactose until a certain age. Even with formula, dairy is preferable to soy, and there are actually recipes for making your own formula from organic raw milk. The recipe is in Nourishing Traditions if you’re interested.

  52. Can you please cite your sources?  Thanks!

  53. Are there any healthy grains? What about quinoa? I enjoy my quinoa and thought of it as healthier than other grains…

  54. So are sprouted, gluten-free breads just fine then?  Do you have any research on this type of product?  This article bases the negative effects of grains entirely on PHYTIC ACID and GLUTEN.  Right?

    • Unfortunately, soaking and sprouting doesn’t completely remove the phytic acid, though it does reduce it a lot. I’d definitely encourage sprouted (and sourdough if possible) gluten-free breads if you consume breads….

  55. You lost me at your opening sentence: “When I check out at the grocery store with a cart devoid of any grain products, I get occasional odd glances.”  You are insulting the reader’s intelligence if you expect us to believe people are giving you sideways glances because they have supposedly scanned the contents of your shopping cart and noticed it lacked grain products. Hogwash!

    • I’ve actually even gotten comments from others since the only things I usually buy are some meats/fish, butter and vegetables at the store. This is different from other people in line when I’m checking out and I’ve gotten comments like “my kids would never eat that stuff, etc” To be fair, these comments could be as much due to what IS in my cart rather than what isn’t, but I’ve definitely gotten those type comments and I find it humorous that you take issue with something so funny.

      • Your opening paragraph made no mention of comments made by other shoppers. You said you were getting “odd glances” because you had no grain products in your cart. I find this assumption, not humorous, but condescending, just as I am beginning to find much of this anti-wheat, anti-grain movement.

        • If you have something constructive or thoughtful to add, I’d love to hear it, but debating the nuances of my grocery store checkout is getting rather old. On a separate note… your photography is very impressive!

  56. I notice the same problem with my hair slightly falling out. I also always have been taking Biotin.

  57. So not even by sprouting grains such as lentils is good for health?

    • They are less bad than unsprouted, but not a great source of nutrients and they still have some harmful properties, so it’s best to avoid them.

      • I see. On your site you have a lot of meat involved recipes…but I am vegan. And I do eat grains, lots. I eat beans, lentils, rice, and the few alternatives I have for eating out is usually sushi (has grains), soy burgers (grains), pizza (grains), or pasta. So, being a vegan and not eating grains would only leave me eating fruit and vegetables.  Pretty much. I wonder if this is balanced…? Any thoughts?

  58. This article was forwarded to me by a friend yesterday while we were discussing the Paleo Diet and though I know it was written a year and half ago I feel compelled to address some of the claims this article makes. I believe that the two scientific assertions presented are incomplete. Specifically the claims that Phytic Acid is an issue for humans (or animals) and that humans have grown weaker since the “Agricultural Revolution.”

    These claims do not address all of the evidence. Lets start with our teeth. Many of the teeth in our mouth, which have developed over at least several hundred thousand years, are designed to grind and break down hard foods like nuts, grains and root vegetables and have little use in the mastication of meat or soft vegetables and fruit. They are supporting evidence for a long (greater than 10,000 years) history of grain consumption amongst other types of foods. Archaeological evidence also supports a robust grain diet in early humans. Additionally, the body of scientific evidence asserts that Phytic Acid passes through our digestive system unused. So why does it matter? It isn’t absorbed or accumulated in our systems in mass, the vast majority is passed though stool, abandoned by our bodies. Take a look at cultures where grains (in this case rice) are a staple of their diets such as the Japanese. Their lifestyle has yielded more centenarians than any other on Earth today. The only thing I can agree with this article on is that, if grains are killing the Japanese, it is VERY slowly.

    Now, with specific reference to the correlation of human strength to grain consumption. This is potentially just a coincidence if it is in fact in the same time frame. The reduction in strength, which seems difficult to prove scientifically any way (you can’t give a dead person a physical or run them through the NFL Combine), is easily explained by another “revolution” in human history: tool use. The use of tools and reduced the need for humans to be any stronger to survive. Tools make us more efficient and strength, as represented by the development of muscle groups, is a function of use. Just about anybody can train their bodies to move extraordinary amounts of mass. We’re weaker because we don’t need to be strong, if we are in fact weaker than our ancestors.

    I feel like its more important to moderate the amount of grains you consume, eat simpler foods with fewer ingredients so you know what you are consuming. Soy is a big issue for US consumers. It is in so many foods and you don’t realize that your over-weight in certain food groups. Know what you eat and how much of it you’ve consumed and you’ll likely be much better off.

    Keep doing what you do Wellness Mama. I’ve read up on your other stuff and you do great work. I think this is a tricky assertion (that carbohydrates/grains are bad) that stems from the Atkins diet and its results. Yes you may lose weight, but you may not live longer. Its meant to be a diet, not a lifestyle. Diets don’t always work but lifestyles tend to make sense.

    •  Just because an article say phytic acid passes through your body it missing the whole point and is hard to see your logic at all.   The reasoning that phytic acid is bad IS BECAUSE IT PASSES THROUGH YOUR BODY and on it’s way through it bind with all kinds of minerals that you need and takes them out of your body thus its an anti nutrient.  Sure all the numerous sources I have read this could all be wrong but it’s unlikely and you don’t even address this in your statement.
      perhaps you should google about phytic acid so you can be more informed.
      best luck!

      • John,

        Instead of using Google like an encyclopedia, try talking to an expert. As with the consumption of most foods in the modern diet, everything in moderation (straight from the mouths of two REGISTERED DIETICIANS). There are trade-offs to eating too much of almost ANYTHING (you have have too much of any particular nutrient AND if it’s absorbed incredibly efficiently, you’ll be sick or potentially worse — kidney or liver issues, etc…). As for phytic acid leaching nutrients from your body, no link I found on the first two pages in Google referenced phytic acid leaching nutrients (mostly iron is referenced) from the other food you eat. All research points towards it preventing the absorption of iron in the foods it exists in, namely high iron foods made from wheat, soy, corn and rice. If you would like to keep spreading anti-grain propaganda, try having a fully rounded argument. My choice to not address phytic acid was because it was irrelevant. The points made in WellnessMama’s article about how grains are hurting us made little reference to iron deficiencies as a culprit in the supposed physical degradation of modern humans. It would only be a problem if grains were your only source of iron. Meat (especially shellfish) is a much better option anyway since, grains, soy and legumes (beans) are all also high in phytic acid. As I stated above, the case for humans being weaker (or stronger) has yet to be proven and any statements made in reference are based on theories, no facts. Try again.

        • ^ have you tried elminating wheat? Forget about your “experts” they are all taught culturally baised legacy information in university like all other academics. Try eliminating wheat and see if it works! 😛 FYI, white rice does not contain anti-nutrients, gluten or any of the things that exist in wheat (besides starch), and a high percentage of centarians does not make the japanese overall healthier. They have a high degree of stroke for example, and they are frequently smokers (does theyre high amount of centarians also mean that smoking is harmless? lol…). Perhaps there _on average_ long life instead can be attributed to their fish and vege consumption? Or meditation practices? Or communal society? Admitedly, you have to decide for yourself whether grains are good or bad, but your counter arguments are not any stronger than the original assertions, probably weaker when I think about them (Appeal to authority, pure correlation etc). Actually regarding the phytic acid thing, it is somewhat proven (as is non-celiac gluten sensitivity) that it chelates minerals. There are deficiencies in places reling heavily on bread for food, and the science is pretty clear that it chelates many minerals (not just iron). You might want to google more, before dismissing, as there are facts here – such as mineral loss, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (or better yet, try it!). Whether the insulin thing is true or not, well, maybe. But in general I find, that people get strangely defensive when people deny conventional wisdom, passed down from “experts” who are educated with cultural legacy bias. You know, it is perfectly acceptable for those people to be wrong, its happened plenty of times in history. And theres no reason to get offended that people disagree, and go calling it “propaganda”. Get some perspective: people should be allowed to have different opinions, without some kneejerk reaction! 😛

          • I tried eliminating wheat once upon a time. It just made me hungry. I lost no weight, I didn’t feel healthier… just everything was the same. I started eating them again because man, I love bread.

            Everyone is different. Everyone’s bodies require different things. I wish people would stop trying to push what works for THEM onto everyone ELSE!

          • I did say “Admitedly, you have to decide for yourself whether grains are good or bad”

    • amen sister !
      I think if we eat simple foods we will be healthier.. the length of ones life is God’s call, but health until then is ours. I have always said , everything in moderation..:-)

    • You obviously don’t know much about dentition…Animals who are made to eat grains/nuts/etc. have molars that constantly grow to counteract the heavy wear and tear to their teeth. Humans’ teeth wear down very easily. By all means, keep gorging on grains if that’s what makes you happy! But don’t say it’s the “one true way” humans are meant to eat when you don’t even have any real evidence.

      • Pay attention please. I never said there was “one true way.” We’re omnivores, we are designed to eat just about anything. I also never said I do, nor do I encourage “gorging” on grains. I just hate it when ignorant people decide to give advice like this. Don’t cut out things we’ve eaten for thousands of years based on fads and opinions. The existence of the teeth in our mouths that are for crushing and grinding (grains) is evidence that we are designed to eat grains. Period! Try to keep up Garah.

        • Can you point us to this evidence that human teeth were designed for crushing and grinding grains? I’d like to read up about it. A simple google search isn’t much help. Thanks. Most of the results claim we aren’t particularly well adapted to chew and digest them in their natural state.

          Also, interestingly, one of the reasons often cited NOT to eat grains is that we have not been eating them for most of our existence on the planet. Only with the relatively recent advent of agriculture in the last few thousand years, not enough time for our bodies or digestive systems to go through any major changes. As opposed to the other 90% of the time before we had ready access to virtually unlimited grains.

        • This has been further disproven in a recent study (google it) showing that pre-agricultural humans had little to no tooth decay until they started eating grains- Grains were not an original food for humans. If you took your own “advice” so to speak you would consider that the “non-grain” diet of hundreds of thousands of years might have been better to stick with than the grain diet of the more recent era.

          • Wanted to add that I have a top denture and when I was eating wheat the leftovers were stuck to my teeth and it was harder to get it off. Now that I’m eating coconut flour bread the dentures just swish clean. Also works for your real teeth. This is also true of dog food. Kibble sticks to the dogs teeth causing decay. They weren’t meant to eat grains for sure.

  59. I’ve always understood and agreed with the case against grains since I was a teen, and for the most part I minimize my grain intake maybe 70% of the time…okay I’ll be honest, it fluctuates from 50-70% of the time lol!

    One of the obstacles for me is….damn, sometimes I just want a sandwich!! I can take or leave the chips, there are few things more comforting and satisfying than a good sandwich, and it seems like fanaticism to be asked to give up such a basic staple. And until I can find an equally satisfying substitute for sandwiches, I’ll probably always have a difficulty with it. Pasta: I have shirataki noodles, mashed potatoes: I have pureed cauliflower, but how do you subsititue a sandwich? And no, turning it into a salad DOES NOT work as an alternative! At least, not a satisfying one that’ll keep me from poking around in the kitchen.

    On a more positive note, I AM making progress in phasing out protein bars. I used to almost live on them. I know a lot of them are basically glorified candy bars, but I’ve tried nearly every variety that exists on the market (including protein cookies) and I know which ones are the worst… There came a point where I used to rely on them to satiate my sweet tooth as they had JUST enough chocolate/sugar (like having a banana bread Clif bar instead of a piece of banana bread). And one of my jobs is in pastry, when I was new to it, I did a LOT of “tasting” and protein bars helped stop me from tasting more than what was necessary. Even though I’ve cut down on protein bars considerably, I see a future where I’m going to have problem when I have a sweet tooth and there are times where fruit DOESN’T cut it!

    Ditto for protein shakes, it seems the only good ones are whey-based, and the seemingly the only alternative is *eccchhhh!!!* SOY protein! Of all the grains, soy (along with corn) is the one hate the most! When I was a vegetarian, I consumed so much soy, it led to health problems. With my lifestyle, I need protein supplements (especially more so the less grains that’re in my life). If I am to cut dairy, where does that leave me? Coconut milk? I already consume coconut oil, coconut manna, coconut flakes (unsweetened), coconut water, at this rate, I’m doomed to grow SICK of coconut! Ideas?

    •  For everyone who wants to eat healthy but is looking for something sweet or heavy and filling or convenient fast easy etc.   Just eat sweet potatoes, sometimes mis-labled as yams.   Eat whole with skin on, as a hand food.  No silly fork or knife.  You can carry cooked  in your pocket, as a convenient fast easy portable lunch or snack. they can be filling, and are the most nutritious vegetable. They don’t have all that phytic acid as grains do.  They won’t mess up with your blood sugar levels even though they are sweet.  Talk about perfect

      • I totally agree with this.

    • It’s too bad you’re sick of coconut. I make coconut flour bread all the time and even my husband is eating
      it. I can make it sweet or not sweet. I also make coconut flour lemon poppy seed muffins. Love them.

    • Just found a great tasting black bean spaghetti. I went back and bought 6 boxes. Got them at Costco.

  60. The problem with archeology is that it is a very  shakey “science” .
    . google video search “lies in the textbooks” by KENT HOVIND to enlighten yourself about the subject.  Also “forbidden archeology” by  Michael Cremo is very interesting  I’m starting a no grain diet or with brown rice soak it for a day then dump out the water but put some in a glass in the fridge to re use on your next batch.  Then add new water and boil it.  On every subsequent time making brown rice soak it for a day but add that glass of fridge water and after save a new glass in the fridge.  This glass will increase it’s potency each time until the 5th or 6th time and then the 1 day soak will remove like 98% of the phytic acid.   To the commenter above who said Japan has old people and they eat rice.  Well many of them live in Okinawa and eat high levels of seaweed.  the whole country eats tonnes of seaweed and seafood  They almost never eat brown rice and their rice is crystal white and would have little phytic acid left..(in’s in the skin of the rice)  The most important thing is unlike western countries they respect there elders and they often the live with their families and die in the home with loved ones.  They don’t ship them off into old folks homes like troublesome hassles, as often as we do.  They eat lots of traditional foods and fermented foods.  Their stores don’t have huge candy sections.  Etc etc.  Your argument about Japan doesn’t offer support for eating grain diets.  but is does show that prepared correctly grain can be eaten.  Japan doesn’t even have brown bread very often at all.  Their entire bread diet is like its a desert food only.  Dozens of inventive sweet sugar creations. Bakeries 90% of the time don’t have a single whole grain item for sail.  

    • John,

      Please see my response to your response of my comment below. Also, try using like a little less in your statements. To anyone who has actually written a paper to prove anything, the use of the word like, demeans just about every statement. It implies that you don’t KNOW the connection between two subjects in the statement to be true. Rather, it implies that you believe them to be corellated, but you are not sure.

      As for my theory on the Japanese, IT WAS A THEORY. My intent was to use a compariable about of evidence to make a case to the contrary of WellnessMama’s, not to imply that Japanese people live longer because of the consumption of grains. Maybe I should have made that more clear but the point remains.

      Additionally, the consumption of whole-grains (the opposite of what you get with bleached, white rice or the soaking process described above) has been proven to help with other deficiencies such as the under-consumption of healthy fats which have numerous health benefits (THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE, NOT THE SOLE BENEFIT). Sprouted grains are considered to be the best way to enjoy low phytic acid whole grains.

  61. it seems that most grain by-products (cereals, breads, pasta, etc) must be fortified with vitamins in order to give them a minimal nutritional value.  grains seem to be mostly simple high carb “filler food.” when humans should be eating nutrient dense foods, grains clearly miss the mark.

  62. Wellness Mama, a major facet of your no grain concept is that our bodies are not meant to digest grains.  A vast body of research shows that our bodies are not meant to digest meat either.  Just sayin.

    • I’m yet to see any actual conclusive evidence on this that doesn’t rely on the China Study for its data…

  63. Interesting post Wellness Mama ~ You posted that soybeans should not be eaten.  I eat the Trader Joes Edamame in the pod ~ It comes frozen.  Can you tell me why this is a bad food choice please?  I understand that processed soy is bad but I thought the pods were okay.  I ask because I eat ALOT of them so I am anxious to see what you say.
    BTW ~ I totally agree with nixing the grains though it is difficult to do 100%.  I still have the occasional pizza out….

    • They still contain chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body and also contain a lot of lectins

  64. I don’t understand why you don’t tell these poor folks who are desperate to find a middle ground about the HEALTHY way to eat grains without all the phytic acid. It’s not fair them. We can’t all give up grains for the rest of our lives. Why you don’t mention Weston A. Price Foundation ever, is a mystery to me. They provide an invaluable recourse to traditionally prepared food. The kind of bread that Jesus ate and was NOURISHED by.  You use all the same healthy eating information as them- you probably even take it from them- and yet you never recommend even their website?

    I think paleo eating is healthy and I love to use your recipes, but I can’t do it 100% of the time. I love my traditional sour dough bread and soaked rice and sprouted grains. Most people are the same way, it’s not fair to tell people they have to be all or nothing when it comes to grains.  Let them know the truth.

    I’d like to see evidence about what’s the safe level of phytic acid. There is none. We know that too much is bad, but we also know that there IS an acceptable low level somewhere out there.  I’d be interested to know whether you’ve had any clients get good results using traditionally prepared grains in their diet, or if you don’t even let them know this is a possibility.

    • Ill write more on this when I’m not on my phone, but in short… There is no nutritional need for grains in any form… I don’t recommend traditionally prapared grains because as you said they do contain phytic acid and take a lot of time to prepare for a moderately healthy, at best, food. Certainly, I don’t think that everyone will go without grabs 100% of the time but I still wouldn’t recommend grain consumption just because it is difficult to avoid.

  65. Hi I do have a question. I eat sprouted bread because from studies ive read gluten intolerance people can because they are sprouted. I’ve had no reaction but is this condosive to a grain free lifestyle because like you said this has nutrients.


  66. what about quinoa??

  67. I have been eating grain-free for 2 months now and feel great!  I have learned a ton from your site.  I wanted to know if you had ever done any research into Eating for your blood type?  Someone mentioned it to me yesterday, so I was trying to do some research into it.  It suggests grains for certain blood types, but I can’t wrap my brain around how someones blood type would cause them to process grains differently.  Thanks!

    • I’m not a fan of it and there are definitely some holes in the theory…. blog post coming soon 🙂

  68. I plan on cutting out all grains in my diet. I am getting old and having some health issues. This information is very encouraging. 

  69. To the author:  There are a lot of correlational conclusions in the article.   Correlation is not causation.  I believe there may be something to what you are saying.  Can you provide scientific research that supports your claims?  It would really give credibility to the article if you could site specific papers or studies.  

    •  Just do it and see for yourself. I don’t eat grains anymore and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the article is correct.  I will never eat them intentionality again. I feel way too good to ever go back.

      Read the Primal Blueprint or visit the Mark’s Daily Apple website. All kinds of good information and soucres there.

      • I did do it. I saw nothing. It doesn’t work for everyone. Stop pretending it does.

    • this article is almost entirely correlation, posited as causation or somehow otherwise highly probative. this a very disturbing side effect of the decreasing vigor of scientific thought. worse, most of the correlations on grains are also correlated with non whole grain, since for much of the time period, almost all of the grain eaten was not whole

      aside from the fact that numerous other trends are as are as powerfully correlated as grains, including many I wont mention here because Im not trying to create a substitute argument or point about our food supply, even if these correlations were otherwise correct, they would STILL have no worth w respect to the issue of whole grains.

      not saying that nothing in the article is not valid, or that these points (or some of them) are not worth considering), just that the level of analysis, again becoming all too common, leaves a great deal to be desired.

  70. I understand everything said in the article. Why do we always do things, because we have always done them. Its hard for me, because nowadays it seems like the norm in society is that everything is bad for us. Nothing is good anymore. What I would love to see is not what we can take away from our diets, but what we can add. It gets so tiring trying to figure out what the best thing for our bodies is, especially when you are raising children. I would hate to look back and say that “my kids would be a whole lot healthier if only I would have stayed away from those awful whole grains.” It just seems like we can’t win anymore.  

  71. I stopped eating breads and rice about 4 months ago. Instead I’ve been eating quinoa and wild rice as a meal sidekick. I’ve lost 25 lbs and am feeling great.

  72. This is so true. I have been telling my friends for months now that effortless weight loss is simple. Get rid of the grains and replace them with greens…voila! Side note: I run average of 4-5 miles a day and am not famished, tired or sickly. This is the healthiest I have even been or felt 🙂  just try it!

  73. Wow crazy interesting! I am so encouraged to try this for my family! I will be checking out the meal plans ASAP . Thank you

  74. lol this is hilarious… I assume we’ll be seeing this posted on the onion soon.  All those poor, unhealthy, fat and short lived asians… RIP 1.7 billion asians </3

    • There is a huge difference between consuming primarily rice in combination with a high iodine and seafood diet and the massive amount of wheat and sugar that most americans consume today…

  75. Hi, I think it’s a really good thing that you seem to genuinely want to help others with their health, but I just can’t believe that grains are horrible for me based upon what you’ve said. You’ve made a lot of claims that aren’t supported by the evidence you say supports them – for instance you’ve showed us no correlation between the increase in chronic health issues and the consumption of grain, you’ve just told us that they’re linked. That’s like saying that global warming is a direct result of a decreasing number of pirates in the world. In addition, you obviously have no scientific background and cannot make the claims you make. I’m not trying to anger anti-intellectuals, I’m just saying that scientists do research to show a link between cause and reaction and that makes them more trustworthy than this site. The fact that you don’t seem to have much of an education in food science/biology is also evident in that you called gluten a protein, it’s a carbohydrate.

    • Actually, gluten is a protein composite, though there are obviously carbohydrates in grains as a whole ( Many of the links in the article go to studies, and if you are truly interested in the science from someone with an intellectual background that you would accept, I’d recommend the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis, MD. He’s a cardiologist and explains much of the science behind what I’m saying. As for the evidence showing these “links” between cause and reaction (correlation doesn’t prove cause, obviously), this article has graphs and links to studies correlating the rise of wheat and sugar consumption with increases in disease

      • Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry. You were right, I totally shot from the hip (for some reason the idea that it was a carb was stuck at the back of my brain). Unfortunately that may discredit absolutely everything I say. 

        Thank you for understanding that correlation doesn’t prove cause, it’s generally something that is ignored by wellbeing bloggers. I perhaps wasn’t as open to your site as I should have been due to past experience of reading complete nonsense on many similar websites. My main argument against what you’ve been writing is that it doesn’t go into the needed depth to explain your thesis. Claims like those that you have been making deserve to be studied and to have papers exploring their credibility. There are people that may visit Wellness Mama that could jump to conclusions about certain things and become fanatical about them to the extent that they totally discredit the writings of other people and have closed minds to alternative theories.

        Again, sorry for calling gluten a carbohydrate. I realise the hypocrisy of saying that you’re writing wasn’t factually based while completely getting my facts wrong.

        • I agree that many blogs don’t delve into the science and I also agree that I could have included more here. I struggle between wanting to elaborate on every topic and realizing that most people don’t want to read a 5,000 word blog post :-). I wish there were more studies out there on these topics, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like a very popular topic to study (possibly because there is little financial incentive).

    • A lot of studies and results are skewed in favour of whoever is doing the study. If the company who makes the product of has some way of making money from it, they pay to make sure they get the right results. That’s why you have to prove it for yourself.

  76. Here is a really in depth study talking about the problems with grains and it has hundreds of references: All of the links you posted are very intertwined and feeding from the same advice. The advice that has made Americans obese and riddled with chronic disease over the last few decades. Again, I challenge anyone to show me any nutrients that grains have that aren’t present in higher amounts in vegetables or meat. There is no biological need for grains AT ALL and a lot of possible harm from consuming them.

    • Americans are obese and riddled with diseases because of their high fat, meat and dairy diets. Watch “Forks Over knives”, “Food Matters”, “A Delicate Balance”, “Hungry for Change”. Read up on Rip Esselstyn, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr Neal Barnard, Professor T. Colin Campbell, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin…would you like me to keep going?

      • It’s a little tiresome that you keep quoting “Forks Over Knives” as if it is any sort of clinically based peer-reviewed paper instead of what it actually is: a movie with an agenda. That’s fine, and you can definitely get good info from these sources, but please stop acting as if they are empirical/objective.

        • “Keep quoting Forks Over Knives”?? It was one source out of MANY others that I mentioned. The key reference point of “Forks Over Knives” is “The China Study” which is the possibly biggest scientific study into human nutrition ever undertaken. And, what could possibly be the evil “agenda” of the movie? Increase human health, stop the desecration of the Earth, minimise animal suffering at the hands of humans?

          Furthermore, the information I am giving comes from clinical based sources. After all, Neal Barnard is a clinical researcher and has written many books concluding the same thing. Just because these are not “Peer-reviewed” journals it does not mean they lack any credibility at all; these are doctors, nutritionists and scientists that have done the research and gained the knowledge into the topic.

          You say, “please stop acting as if they are empirical…”. Do you know what Empirical means? Empirical evidence is “information that is acquired by observation or experimentation. This data is recorded and analyzed by scientists and is a central process as part of the scientific method”. Well T Colin Campbell IS a scientist who HAS conducted studies through observations and experiments. Where is the ample evidence behind the Paleo diet? Cordain gives his reasons for why people should eat following the Paleo diet yet fails to back up his arguments with strong evidence. There surely isn’t any scientific evidence to back up his claims. Cordain really provides no longitudinal empirical evidence for his diet. The China Study, despite the criticism, brings attention to some very strong connections between certain diseases and dietary factors.

          …And, as if those preaching the Paleo do not have an agenda. Please!! Grains are killing us slowly?? I’m guessing an agenda here – I haven’t heard of any clinically based peer-reviewed papers.

        • Furthermore, you have the Paleo diet saying don’t eat grains and therefore don’t eat Quinoa. That is how much they know…quinoa is not a grain. It is a relative of the leafy green family such as spinach. This is because it is the seed of the Chenopodium/Goosefoot plant.

          • If everyone ate the best most natural foods and excluded grains think how much money would be lost by the makers, bakers, doctors, labs, etc. Why would anyone in the health industry want people to eat better?

        • Well, if you actually saw the movie then you would know it was based on a “clinically based peer-reviewed paper” research done by Prof. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn. Not to mention it was not done together but separately unbeknownst to each other and somehow they get the same results. Read the China Study much? Read any of their medical journals?

      • Neither meat nor grains are good, I’d say grains are worse. I don’t eat meat because of where I am spiritually.

        Dairy is generic, so is meat. So is grain – it’s not so black & white.

        Raw dairy is excellent for you; processed dairy from cattle and chickens fed GM and unnatural foods is not good for you.

        Same with meat – meat from grass fed cows is healthy and good for you but it should be eaten raw or as rare as possible in my view. Unhealthy meats from cows fed corn and grains and pumped up with growth hormones is not good for you.

        Grains are not good for you in the processed state – only eat sprouted grain products as sprouting increases mineral content and decreases phytic acid content.

        It’s not black & white.

        They link everything to everything to sell books. Bloggers don’t sell books – their information is free. Don’t knock them. Good information for free should be extolled not attacked.

        • I would have to disagree that grains are worse. With over 4 years of research on the topic I will stand by my argument that meat is much worse. The problems with meat goes much further than just how many hormones have been pumped into the animal, or how they have been fed. Even if you got organic meat, you may miss out on all the chemicals etc. but you still have the saturated and trans fats that is causing major problems to people’s health. Animal protein itself is not good for us either – it also makes us age faster. Meat – regardless of how it was raised – is bad for our bodies, especially with how much people are consuming today.

          Dairy is also not good for us. Dairy causes the blood to become acidic and as a consequence, calcium is drawn from out of our bones to be put into our bloodstream, laying the perfect ground for osteoporosis.

          A positive correlation has been found between animal based foods and many western diseases such as heart disease, breast cancer, high cholesterol, stroke, prostate cancer and others. Animal protein promotes cancer growth, whereas plant proteins reduce it. Scientists have also discovered that we only need 10% protein in our diets a day. This amount is easily obtained from plant foods.

          In addition, even if by some chance they happened to find out it was good – the way these animals are abused and slaughtered at the slaughter houses is disgusting. Even with free range meat, these animals still end up with the same nasty violent fate the rest do. And slaughter houses are not as kind to these animals as everybody thinks. How about everyone does their research on that? Unless they want to choose to remain ignorant.

          • Amanda, I am in college for nursing. I just took nutrition class, which is based in biology. The hormones in milk and meat get broken down in our body to amino acids. Our teacher (a Ph.D) said most people don’t know that and worry about the hormones. Our body breaks EVERYTHING down into it’s components.
            Next: meat, straight from an animal has all amino acids humans need. Grains don’t. A person who doesn’t eat meat has to be careful to eat enough sources of various foods to get all the amino acids. Literally, deficiencies in certain amino acids cause diseases. I can provide researched proof.
            Last: Unprocessed meat does NOT have trans fat. Trans fat is when a hydrogen is artificially added onto a carbon found in the molecular structure of a fat. I also took chemistry. Trans fats are only created by man.

            Just because westerners eat meat does not mean that is why they get sick. We also eat a lot of processed junk. Correlation does not equal causation. Isolating the meat out of the picture is not the whole picture. Therefore, it is biased and an unscientific way to conclude the damage of meat.

          • That’s what they want you to believe.

      • I eat meat veges thats it and some fruits. American population is over weight due to mass grain consumption. Not because of meat do you not know what meat does to the body really? Cancer is not caused by protien your nuts

    • LOL … I guess that’s why the French are so fat …

      • The French don’t process their foods like we do.

        • As a healthy size French lady, this is true. The food we eat is nowhere near as processed as it is in the US.

          My grandma who lived (independently and healthily) until she was 106, advocated to eat one mouthful of bread for every mouthful of whatever for for dinner. That mean she ate a LOT of grains during her life, I do not eat as much bread as she did, but I do make everything from scratch using organic ingredients that includes bread and pasta!

          I currently live in Asia, where the population rely exclusively on grain consumption and not a single obese person in sight!

          I am not saying that grains have more or less nutrient as other food. I am just saying that you can’t claim that entire cultures are wrong! have you been to Italy? people there rely excursively on Pasta and risottos, and these guys live until ripe old ages, and they are not obese.

          I have Scandinavian relatives and they eat a LOT of potatoes and fish, potatoes and fish… and none of them are obese or even a little bit fat! My great aunt Eva is 104, living alone and still gardening and even going hunting!

          The problem with the typical American diets, is that there is just too much of everything! I have known people who though they were still hungry because they did not feel full.portions are just too large.
          Regulating portions as well as eliminating processed food is the most important thing to have an healthy diet.

    • Although it is a relatively healthy food, I agree with you that with the way we consume it it really doesn’t do us good. Grain makes a great food for creatures like birds who needs high calorie for extensive exercise (flying) and can not consume large amounts to make sure they keep themselves as light weight as possible.

    • I’m afraid any time you use a “.org” link, I must automatically downvote and point out that these websites are just as rife with subjectivity, personal opinion, and bias as any other. I would also be inclined to point out that there are many more issues with the American diet than grains; trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, etc. that contribute much more to the epidemic.
      Also, explain why the Japanese – whose diet is built not only on grains, but the unholiest of all grains, white rice – have lower incidences of cancer, heart disease, and obesity, and yet when they switch to a high-fat, high-protein, low-carb diet like the Paleo diet, they start to suffer all of those things at the same rates as Americans?

      • Love it!!! Well said and so true…You rock!

  77. Just dipping my toes into a new grain free way of life. I am confused by the “gluten” free flours, breads & such that I see at some health food stores.  If a “gluten free” flour is used, does that make it ok to use or do the same dangers apply?

    • Typically, these breads will still have the refined and processed ingredients, just not the gluten containing ones. Better to just eat healthy whole foods like meat, veggies, fruits, sweet potatoes, etc

  78. What meal plans do you suggest for a vegan diet? I typically eat vegan meals but not always, as sometimes I add dairy and egg products. Thank you!

  79. Interesting analysis. I may try the no grain trial for the rest of the summer.

  80. I am really enjoying this blog. There is so much helpful information and I plan on incorporating a lot of it into my lifestyle. One thing I am confused about though is the mention that people starting consuming grains around 10,000 years ago. The earth is only around 7,000 years old. So maybe people starting eating more grains around 1000 years ago?

  81. What can we substitute instead of whole grains?  I come from a middle eastern family that eats bread with almost everything! Is there another type of bread like maybe Rye that is better for you??

  82. You’ve got a lot of references here, but which one addresses the Gabriella’s issue of losing hair from not consuming carbohydrates?  

    • First of all, there is no nutrient in grains that you wouldn’t also be getting from eating vegetables, meats and good fats, so logically, it can’t be a nutrient deficiency since you are getting some of the same nutrients. As far as consuming enough carbohydrates, there is some evidence that a severely restricted carb diet can cause this in some people, but a no grain diet does not by nature have to be low-carb and I know many people who eat a moderate carb diet without grains. It could also be the result of hormone changes and these should be temporary as hormones adjust.

  83. Thanks for this very interesting post, I have a few questions:
    1. Could you clarify for me exactly what ‘grains’ are
    2. Why is brown rice that has been used for centuries ‘no good’?
    3. Why not white potatoes?

    I did start doing the whole ‘no grain thing’ but it lasted about a week, I love granary bread and thought that this would be fine, due to it’s whole grain goodness…. I also love my cereal in the morning and have an organic brown puffed rice cereal – so I take it if I am to do to the no gainsthis has to go too…

    • “Grains” does include rice, though it is definitely a preferable option to wheat if you are eating grains. With very few exceptions, the “grains we have been eating for centuries” are actually grains that were modified 30-40 years ago to have higher gluten (better for baking) and resists pests as well as stay on the stalks until harvested which produces a higher yield. These changes increased the properties that make grains harmful to eat and are a new addition to our diets.

  84. Also I curious about cow’s milk and why if it is from cow’s filled with hormones is this not bad for us too and perhaps as bad a s grain (I have no evidence to back up this claim but am curious if anyone else does)?

    • You’re right. We actually limit dairy and stick to grassfed organic and raw dairy.

  85. Hi there, 
    Wondering if you have resources/citations for your claims? Thanks!

  86. Great article. I can add more grist to the mill (if you’ll pardon the pun) in an article I wrote about the amazing nutritional value of Australian wild foods. It appears that the wild foods with which we evolved played an important role in protecting us against a raft of diseases of nutrition.

  87. hey nice article 🙂 I’ve been researching this kinda stuff a bit lately. I have a question I would be soo grateful if you could answer 🙂 I have anxiety, had it for a year or something I want to cut out grain mostly to reduce my anxiety, and having more energy and feeling better in general would be awsome. I’m mostly wondering if gluten free breads still have drawbacks that normal grain does. Or spelt? I want to do everything I can to  get over this anxiety more quickly and if i have to cut out all grains I will but wonderinf if gluten free breads are healthy.. also how does rice fit in to this? does it still have the flaws of grains? 

    • Rice and other grains don’t have quite as many harmful properties, but there is really no need to consume them and if you’re trying to improve quickly, it would be better to replace those with higher nutrient foods like meats, vegetables and healthy fats. For anxiety, you probably also need a ton of healthy fats: coconut oil, butter, fermented cod liver oil, animal fats, etc to help boost hormone levels. Good luck!

  88. Will you cite your sources, please? Peer-reviewed journals, more than just Cordain’s article. Thanks!

    • Thank you SO much  for this thread and for your amazing blog!!! 

      I was seriously depressed for about an year and couldn’t sleep for more than 3 years (3 hours of sleep per day was the best I could have and hope for!) and I had many other health issues… I’ve started my own researches on what could be harmful  from the things I put inside my body (even if I was sure to have a perfect very healthy diet!) and as the result I’ve completely eliminated grains, dairy and animal protain….Can’t even tell you how happy I feel right now – sleeping 8 hours and sometimes more per day,  experiencing so many positive changes in my health – and that’s only after few weeks with no grains, dairy and meets – everything I used to love so much one day! So thankful for your great try to open eyes to those persons who still think that what the government tells us is the only truth.


      ps: Oh, I would love to know about your experiments with water kefir if you’ve had some already! I am so interested in that too!

  89. Im a rice eater all the way!! I’m not a quiter!!!

  90. My bachelors degree is in Nutrition and Health and in all the research I have done I have never found anything that shows that whole grains are not healthy.  In fact it is the contrary.  If you want to talk about the difference between whole grains and white refined grains, then you’ve got something.  Wellness Mama….I’m sorry but I just DON’T  agree with what you are saying!!  In your article you stated that grains do not have very many nutrients.  Well in fact one cup of whole wheat flour contains 16 grams of protein PLUS (and all of these are based on a 2000 cal diet) 26% iron, 36% thiamin, 38% niacin, 41% magnesium, 42% phosphorus, 121% selenium, 20% vitamin B6 and I could go on.  And that is information that I gathered just in the last 5 minutes.  So, I really could find more.  In that cup of whole wheat flour there is also 15 grams of dietary fiber which can DRASTICALLY decrease risk for colon cancer (among other things).  The article listed colon cancer as one of the problems that can be caused from consuming grains.  Not in any of the research I have done.

    • Do the same research on one cup of grassfed beef liver and you’ll notice that grains have very low nutrients compared to foods like that. This article actually has a great breakdown: And again… if you want to eat grains, go for it. I’m just sharing information that has made a DRASTIC (since we like to use all caps) difference in my own health and the health of clients. And this article (which is highly referenced) has a lot of information about how whole grains are not healthy.

      • I don’t see why someone would go against you Wellness Mama! I’ve read books and done research myself and you are indeed correct! Cavemen never ate grains; in fact they ate meats,  
        nuts, and fruit (of what they could find) but never have I heard that they ate grains. The Egyptians invented “bread” and they actually started dying in earlier ages because of it. You know why? All the different grains are linked to all different diseases and illnesses. 

      • ^ love your arguments back. the people disagreeing with you simply refuse to question what they “know.” every argument for a grain-free diet makes sense in the most deliciously scientific way.

      • Except that 100g of liver ALONE has well over the recommended daily intake for cholesterol (381g, recommended max of 300mg, and in reality you should strive for zero since your body makes can make all that you need). Cholesterol is a major factor is some serious killers like atherosclerosis, heart disease, etc. that cause half of preventable deaths in the US.. And you’re recommending regular consumption of liver?? As a substitute staple food like grains?

        • Wrong. Cholesterol is not bad for you; in fact most people who die from cholesterol related illness die from LOW cholesterol. Another lie to sell cholesterol lowering drugs.

          Where are these ppl getting their information?? Sources that profit from ill health??

          • Partially Wrong. There is good(HDL) and bad(LDL) cholesterol, then there are triglycerides(if too high it leads to high LDL and low HDL) and Lb(a)(a type of LDL). Yes. people who died from cholesterol related illness had low HDL. SOO you do need to keep your cholesterol down(LDL).
            The body(specially the brain) needs cholesterol to live(cells would not survive without cholesterol) but don’t give bad advice on it. Avacado, RAW olives, nuts, etc. contain good fats and are high in good cholesterol.

        • Becca….do you know that you NEED cholesterol? Your brain needs cholesterol…cholesterol is a healing mechanism in our bodies. If the grains cause abrasions and inflammation, the cholesterol gathers to try to heal it. I think our diets are wrong. Look around you! I think there has been a lot of misinformation and really bad studies with incorrect conclusions fed to us (and even to our doctors who get their information from the drug reps) and especially companies like Monsanto, etc who make their billions of dollars from grains. There is so much we don’t know because we aren’t allowed to know it. I know I feel better and that’s all I need to know. Listen to your body, if it tells you that grains and sugars and things make you feel great with no lag times in your day, then I envy you because I sure would like a nice piece of pizza or a cake with lots of icing. I’ve also lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks….and THAT makes me feel good!

          • And you never thought that maybe Monsanto sale their grains to beef producers?

    • Read nutrition and Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price. Also, Elaine Gottshell (a biochemist) wrote Breaking the Vicious Cycle, which is all about curing (yes, curing) Crohns and Ulcerative Colis with a grain free diet. Dr. Wolfgang Lutz wrote “Life Without Bread”, also recognizing the harm done by grains. Dr.Sydney Haas used a grain free diet to treat his patients with Celiac disease. I have done extensive research on grains due to Crohns, and it is absolute fact that they are not only not necessary, but harmful. I live in Samoa, where grains were unknown until they were introduced by Europeans. Before that time there was also no diabetes. Since grains have been introduced all kinds of previously unknown diseases are raising their ugly heads.

      • If we are using this argument, because I am allergic to shellfish…nobody should eat shellfish.

    • Do me a favor: check the front of the label for the word “Enriched” – then ask yourself, from where?

    • Whole grains are obviously bad for you….Whole grains are cereal grains that contain cereal germ, endosperm, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. Common whole grains include:



      Barley – Hulled and Dehulled (not Pearl)


      Brown rice












      Sprouted Grains


      Common whole grain products include:

      Whole wheat flour

      Whole wheat Bread

      Whole wheat Pasta

      Rolled oats or oat groats

      Triticale flour


      Teff flour

      Common refined non-whole grain products include:

      White rice

      White flour

      White bread



      All those foods are bad for you…..WITH wholegrain in them/

    • Enriched flour? You are extolling the virtues of man made vitamins and minerals added to flour? Because once you heat it, all those in their natural state are dead/useless.

      Lab produced vitamins, with the exception of a few of the B vitamins, are simply not assimilated into the body. But it sure does look great on a box of cereal or bread doesn’t it?

      Seriously this is ridiculous.

  91. Wellness Mama, my apologies as I am on my phone and unae to sift through the comments… Curious though. I actually “know” your father from a Catholic online message board.

    So, how does your lack of consumption of grains affect you as a Catholic (assuming here you are a practicing Catholic)? Does it keep you from participating in The Blessed Sacrament?

    I have a friend who has severe celiacs and she only receives Holy Communion once a year at Easter then is ill for a considerable amount of time. From what I understand, forgoing gain is a choice you make.

    • I do choose to receive the Eucharist, though if I am ever officially diagnosed with Celiac, I would simply receive in the form of the Precious Blood instead. I know several celiacs personally who only receive the blood and who go to mass daily. Other than that, I do choose to forego the grain since I feel much better without it.

  92. What about gluten free products such as bread, do I also have to avoid these? Thanks

  93. Hello, I just dicovered your wesbite and love it. What do you think of  the praisen grains like Quinoa and amaranth? Are they actually seeds? or still grain? What is the difference between seed and grain? Thanks for your help..

  94. “Did she just say no-grain? That means pasta, bread, pastries, desserts, rolls, crackers, etc! (I would actually add white potatoes, corn, and any forms of “whole grains” to that list.) ” 
    Can you explain why white potatoes are a bad option as well? And can you give some good carb choices for athletes that eat for recovery? Thanks

    • White potatoes aren’t the worst option, but they do also have a lot of lectins. Sweet potatoes are a much more nutritious choice and make a great recovery food…

      • How do you feel about jasmine rice or white rice? I hear that that is also a good Paleo modification for body builders because it is easy to digest and also helps not get burnt out on sweet potatoes?  Thanks.

        • If a person is going to consume grains, those types or rice are typically the least harmful…

  95. My grandmother ate oatmeal every morning as far as she could remember oh and with toast and she lived to be 98 with no health problems…hmmm…

    • My grandmother also ate oatmeal (she had up to 6 teaspoons of sugar in it!) every morning with one egg, a single slice of bacon or side pork and a cup of coffee. She was just a few months shy of her 100th birthday when she died in1988. She also “dipped Garret’s snuff” until 6 months before she past away. Imagine how much longer she might have lived if she hadn’t used tobacco… I only wish I had her outlook and attitude about life.

  96. I rather eat grains to fill me up then kill other animals so I can satisfy my empty stomach.

  97. I currently study nutrition and exercise sciences at university. I also have clients on personal nutrition plans. I train mixed martial artist from 3-6 days a week and lift weights twice to three times a week. I eat grains! I eat around 225g carbs on rest days and around 350-400g on training days (carbs including fruits, oats, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, whole grain bread, rye bread, lentils, beans & chick peas). I weigh about 70kg, am 5ft 8 and have a body fat of around 10-11%. My clients too eat grains, not nearly as much as me, but some organic oatmeal, brown rice or pasta here and there or some wholegrain bread. I restrict their calories and they are very much achieving their weight goals, feeling great and not complaining at me for being tired or hungry (or hair falling out). A low carbohydrate diet/no grain diet seems to be the ‘in’ thing at the moment and most friends that I speak to who are trying to lose weight will always say something similar to “I’m just trying to watch my carbs at the minute”. Interestingly most seem to be failing and most if not all are not enjoying the process. Its interesting reading through the comments and hearing people complaining how hungry they are and how hard it is to switch to a no grain (low carb) diet. No wonder so many people go back to eating carbs, and fail with their ‘diet’ they were on! Carbohydrates are the main fuel source for our bodies and our brains. I open up one page of my human nutrition text book in the carbohydrate digestion and metabolism section, there states 120g of glucose (carbohydrate) is required for the brain of an adult. No wonder one feels so lethargic, slow, tired when restricting carbohydrate intake. Research that has been done for years seems to be engraved in these books and I don’t see it changing anytime soon because people are jumping up and down with an answer to why they’re all overweight and fat – “its the grains we are told to eat by the government!” Well I eat grains, loads of them! I’m not fat! Look at all the athletes in the olympics, they’re grain fed! Anyways i’m not really here to argue too much against your claims. The more I read into nutrition, more importantly what diet is ‘best for us’, it seems we are all divided in our viewpoints. I’ve looked at paleo diets (Robb Wolf, who by the way has celiac disease) to vegan/pH diets/vegetarian diets (John McDougall MD). We all seem to stick by (and fight for) the diets that work for us. Im almost sick of this war between the two extremes. So people coming on this website reading this thinking grains are all one big conspiracy, its not. For 10,000 years or so civilisations have expanded, evolved and flourished living on grains. Before that, life expectancy of a caveman was around 21. Things work for different people. We all have different ancestral backgrounds where our metabolism and biology will react differently to what we consume. Find what works for you. Its all about being able to MAINTAIN it!

    • Very well said.

  98. Look, I found your article very interesting. However you don’t mention any time that we can soak grains alternatively before consuming it. This confuses people a lot about what to eat and not to eat. Especially when they are not educated for it and are just passing by. 
    Soaking grains reduces phytic acid in grains and that phytic acid matters. As instance,
    Soaking them, you could improve your minerals absorption.
    I won’t recommend any link because I am not selling anything. Who is interested, just google it.

  99. I know it is tough to put an article
    out there and have the entire internet pick it apart but I think a lot of the
    information is short sighted. If you want to trace back the obesity epidemic
    and the emergence of cancer in America you might want to look into the
    post-depression idea of 3 meals of meat a day, the idea that we can now afford
    to eat extra helpings and since the rise of the industrial society we can
    finally afford to eat sugary desserts, something that was once reserved for royalty
    and the very rich. As for the steady decline of strength I would say that is
    more of a direct result of the advent of technology and the “use it or lose it”
    mechanism of microevolution. Although there very well might be a health benefit
    to not eating grains but perhaps that is because you are cutting out a large
    portion of your bloated diet. Instead of eating the doughnut you are replacing
    it with nothing, instead of eating bread on your sandwich you are just eating
    the meat, essentially cutting the gross amount of calories. Would that not produce the same result of
    weight loss, increased energy and healthier looking skin? Maybe the answer is to
    cut out just grains, maybe the answer is simply to cut our diets. I am not a
    scientists but it doesn’t take one to know that nothing is all that bad for you
    in moderation.

  100. I cannot believe that you would prescribe this poisonous tripe to your fellow men. In my estimation you sit firmly, on the opposite spectrum of the barometer whence your fellow compatriots who advocate the use of medicine, and drugs in the food industry, thus take their crown. I am assuming you are American. I have lived in France where bread is part of the culture, you buy your bread fresh, and you eat it on the day you buy it, try eating it the next day, and you will break a tooth. When bread lasts longer than a day you know you are eating rubbish, consequently French women are slim. There are many herbs/plants in nature which are poisonous to man, and yet we have used them in our diets for over 100’s of years. Science has no explanation, and I prefer it this way, as the capacity of the human body to self heal remains a mystery. Just because your Government, and food industry advocates you eat poison, and plastic do not impress your ideology onto others as though it is final. America is but a small part of the world, and one of the most unhealthy parts at that.

    • I can’t believe the people getting so activated on the thought that they may have to give up a portion of their diet. No one’s forcing you to do it. If you don’t agree, then keep grains in your diet, but there’s absolutely no reason to throw all this venom at someone who was brave enough to put out a daring hypothesis that she truly believe could help.

      I, for one had enough health issues to try it. I was a sickly child who had Pneumonia when I was a baby. I remember for one full week, a friend of the family coming to the house and to give me a shot. It was a traumatic experience that I remembered till this day. Every time he came, I would start running away, but they always caught me and and in the end, I got the shot. I still have a hard knob on my bun, I assume, are scar tissues from where they stuck the needle in. It was around 1950, my mother never believed in vitamins, so I’m assuming those shots were antibiotics and no one had a clue about the dangers of over using antibiotics. I ended with rashes and pimples all over my face, for which my mother sent me to a doctor who administered more antibiotics shots. I am now 66 years old and have had pimples ALL MY LIFE.

      I also have issues with my teeth disintegrating and read on the Weston A Price site and also many other sites that grains have phytics that bind with minerals and takes them out of our bodies. At the risk of losing all my teeth, I started to eliminate all sugar and fruits. But when I cut out the grains, to my amazement along with my teeth becoming less sensitive, the pimples stop coming out.

      I think, maybe grains are not for everyone, especially people who’s digestion have been compromised by over consumption of antibiotics and in this generation of doctors prescribing antibiotics as a panacea for everything, almost everyone has a problem with digestion. I believe that’s why Celiac Disease has become epidemic. I have an old edition of Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C. copyrighted in 1997 that listed Celiac Disease as a rare disease. Now you can’t turn around without reading some article on it, so since you came from France, maybe you were not raised in a medical atmosphere of over medication. But in America, maybe there is no other way, but to cut it out. I know it’s very hard to let go of my addiction to grains. When you think about it, even the word “ingrained”, a word that describes being totally rooted in something, has the word grain in it further demonstrating how much our society has accepted that this is part of our innate make-up. I’m still experimenting on how to release the phytics and anti nutrients inside grains so I can include it in my diet in limited portions. But I also know, given my age and health issues, in order for me to reach optimal health, I may have to give it up.

      Thank you Wellness Mama for your contribution. It was quite an eye opener for me.

      You mentioned that potatoes and yams also have anti-nutrients in them and recommends that they not be consumed. I was wondering what your thoughts are on taro root and yucca. Would taro root be OK fermented?

      • You should try Retin-A for your acne, it’s a miracle drug literally, and would help with your wrinkles too.

      • I find eating coconut flour bread leaves me satisfied and not craving bread at all.

  101. I totally agree with everything you’ve said. I had gone grain free for six weeks this summer, and then fell off the bandwagon when on vacation and were served dishes by extended family members that included grains. But I have to say the six weeks I was grain free were tremendous. I am in the process of going grain free again. Also, no dairy or sugar. Yes, to others I look like a total freak, but I cannot explain to those who haven’t tried it how incredibly GOOD I feel eating like this.
    People ask “what’s left to eat?” Veggies! Tons of them. Raw, steamed, fresh tasty God-given veggies. That and healthy meats. And tasty fruits. And nuts and seeds, and some beans thrown in for good measure now and then.
    Thanks for the encouragement to keep going this direction! I wish all the best to you and yours! 🙂

  102. Don’t forget the link with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Many scientists are now calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes.”

    I hate to hear people talking about correlation vs causation with
    regards to information above. True, you don’t necessarily have citations
    to specific studies above, but the science is solid, and there are
    numerous studies that show causation. In direct contrast, most
    information I’ve seen on the benefits of whole grains is in fact
    correlative. Go find information on the science, people. Don’t rely on
    hearsay. That’s why people still believe there is a link between dietary
    and serum (blood) cholesterol, despite 30 years of studies that have
    disproved the theory. Find the science, not whatever pops up first on

  103. I’ll read the rest of the article in a second, but this caught my eye: ” The ability to grow and process grains more easily allowed more people to afford grain products like flour, a “luxury” previously reserved for the wealthy. ”

    No. The ability to grow and process grains allowed the ENTIRE INVENTION of a class system. There were no “wealthy” people before grains, because everyone was in a tribe. Sure, there were tribal leaders with special privileges, but they didn’t eat any more flour than anyone else (see Meso-America and corn flour). If anything, they probably just ate more meat than the rest of the tribe.

    Grains = capitalism, cities, every single thing about our modern life. If grains are killing us (I’m not arguing that they’re not–I’m keeping a very open mind here), they came as the price to be paid for…well, everything we consider to be a feature of modern life (which is also killing the planet; no surprise).

    I don’t know what the answer is, because I’m not suggesting we go back to either idealized tribal societies or being primitive cave-dwellers. I do know that the more we learn, the more we come to the realization that meddling with nature ALWAYS comes at a price.

  104. I use to work at a gluten free bakery where we made everything from bread to cookies to pizza dough..just wondering, do you eliminate all of this as well? And if so, why?

  105. There s so much scientific information out there that supports what wellness mama is saying regarding grains. My family experienced first hand the detriment that grains can cause. Thankfully since taking this out of our diet there has been a great turnaround in my family.

  106. In order to have a scientific argument, you need to cite your sources. Where exactly can I find research on this diet? How should I interpret that information? I do not know how to analyze studies or medical journals; is there a professional that can support this argument with facts and statics that are proven to be credible? Without evidence, this article is merely opinion, as are most of the other articles on Google.

    • I am presenting the result of my research in a way that (I hope) is easy to understand, though not necessarily ready for publication in a scientific journal. It’s my blog and that is my prerogative, but there is a lot of scientific information out there. I link to several articles in the post above, or this article is well researched and well cited: (PDF)

    • Ok, I have just got to jump in here! Today is Sun. Sept 22. I have now been wheat & grain free for 14 days. I have lost 8 lbs, but that isn’t even the best part. I have suffered with migraines (and I don’t mean an occasional headache) since the late 1980’s.I could count monthly the days I didn’t have a migraine easier than tracking the actual ones I had,because those days were fewer. The first week of no grains I had a severe migraine everyday for five days in a row. It didn’t feel like a migraine I was used to having,but more like what you get from caffeine withdrawal. It was awful. On day six I had a headache that over the counter meds took away. That was a first.The following week I started feeling great. No cravings,no headaches and lots of healthy food. I am having lean meats, some dairy(real cheese & organic Greek Yogurt) lots of vegetables, fruits & nuts(there’s where you get your fiber) And eggs,any way I want them. If you do read “The Wheat Belly” book you’ll understand how wheat has been so genetically altered that what we are calling wheat is not even close to what wheat used to be. So, this may or may not be for everyone, but go to the grocery store & try to find something that doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup,wheat, whey protein or modified food starch. It’s in almost everything we consume. I found modified food starch in diet soft drinks. Why? If I thought for one minute that cutting grains out of my diet will end my migraines, I will never eat them again. I will continue without them for now and watch the results.

  107. I’m sick. Really sick. I use to run. A lot. I became sick a couple years ago at the ripe old age of 32! I have an auto-immune issue. I have severe leg cramping and muscle cramping that now have been told I have Stiff Person’s Syndrome. I’ve been in and out of the hospital, in and out of ICU and I’m tired of waking up every morning wondering where the truck is that ran me over. I am living in chronic pain in my body, cramping like Charlie Horses in my legs sometimes 50 times a day. I have a bloated distended belly and can’t use the bathroom regularly. I see a team of specialist, about 5 of them and all of them trying to find out what is wrong with me and how to treat me and get me feeling better. The other day I had a whole wheat English muffin and had terrible stomach pains. I was wondering if it was from the English muffin, but swept it under the rug, as nah, couldn’t be the “healthy grain” that did this. A day ago, I had another and was so sick I was vomiting from the gut wrenching pain. It’s as if someone took a hot poker into my lower belly, poked it, wrapped it around the poker and ripped it out of my skin. Yes, hurting that bad. I was in a fetal position for a couple hours crying in awful pain. It subsided and then it hit me. Yes, it IS the “healthy grain” that has made me feel like this. I’ve not eaten a whole wheat item in so long, and now I’ll never eat one again! After looking up wheat allergy, I came to read about “grains” and how they affect our bodies. Almost all of the problems I have can be caused from grains manifesting in my body. My body doesn’t like them. I’ve spent countless days, hours and years being sick and I wonder if my problem is from the grains I have been eating? I want to start this diet, or way of life rather. I want to try this out. I have NOTHING to lose and everything to gain. I don’t need to lose weight, being 5’5 and a 120 pounds, but I want to feel better. I want to enjoy life like I use to. I want to smile again. I might not run another marathon again, but I want to walk across my house w/out the aid of a scooter or wheelchair. I want to play with my 4 & 6 year old kids and enjoy my time w them rather than hurt, and cramp up. I am READY to try this. I am praying you have a book to buy and steps to take so I can do this. I want my life back. I want to see if this can make a difference. I’m a young, bright, happy soul that has been overcome with sickness and pain and I just want the nightmare to end. I really want help w this. I really hope you can help me. I’m holding on by a tiny thread.

    • Just try it. Go to the the recipe section and start. I don’t have anything as severe as you, but to my amazement, my pimples that I had for 50 years went away. Never could figure out what it was, but when I started this diet, and all it takes is to start cooking without grains and eating that way. I know it’s the grains that are affecting me. Every time I fall off the diet and cheat, on wheat especially, I start getting sores on my face. As soon as I stop, they begin to heal. I’ve done that several times and the same thing happens – should give me a clue on what else it’s doing to my body. I don’t know where to find the phytic acid content on other root vegetables besides potatoes and yams, but I eat taro and lotus roots also. I still get exhausted after I eat. Probably eat too much. I’m 5’2″ and weigh 96 lbs. Not fat, but eat a lot.

  108. I’ve just seen a video in which an eminent professor says meat is the worst thing and we should be eating grains, with fruit and vegetables and no meat. Now here, i’ve just read that grains are bad…i dont know what to believe anymore. There is just too much conflicting information.

  109. I’ve been trying to search your website for any references to quinoa, but haven’t had any luck. I know quinoa is technically a seed, not a grain. What is your view on it?

    • I don’t eat it personally but it isn’t awful compared to others

  110. I guess oatmeal is not a good choice then which is a surprise to me since when I was on my diet last year it was a staple for me with some cinnamon sprinkled on for extra flavor 🙂

  111. Eliminate gluten grains,and give your gluten-free grain/flour a hearty long soakingbefore making bread to remove the phytic acid. I have found this to be a happy medium between the ‘bready’ American lifestyle and the completely grain free diet.

  112. Please add an email share function to your articles. It makes life a little easier, and we can all use as much of that as possible.

  113. I knew a boy who grew up and passed through puberty eating nothing but jam sandwiches. He wasn’t unhealthy or disease-ridden. This was because biologically speaking humans are omnivores. We can extract nutrition from a very wide range of sources provided we have the gut flora that can perform the necessary digestive processes. We did not evolve to to fill a biological or environmental niche and we are not specialised to eat only foods that were available in the Stone Age. We are adaptable and part of the adaptation is to utilise a host of microbiological organisms in our gut in exchange for help breaking down our food. Until we can address food and eating as a a subject unique to each individual we are going to be bombarded with contradictory advice, crackpot theories and simplistic notions. Nutrition is between each one of us and our gut bacteria.

    • I agree that nutrition is somewhat individualized and depends largely on gut bacteria, but my point is that just because we “can” eat grains and other foods doesn’t mean that they are the optimal fuel for our bodies or that they can’t cause hidden problems like autoimmune issues in some people.

  114. Great article! Thank you ~ I agree 100% with everything you say. That said in order to have more people absorb and consider this as ‘truth’ it would be huge to include resources for the claims (ie: fertility, grains & comparison to table sugar, etc). As a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Holistic Health Coach; drastically decreasing grains (and for any diabetic stopping all grains) is the first thing I do. We, too eat very little grain and 2/5 of us have celiac and 2/5 of us in our family are gluten intolerant which led to asthma, eczema and ADD. I would love to publish this article – but my training prevents me from doing so w/o resources that people can utilize to confirm legitimacy.

  115. I am 30 and I switched to a diet high in healthy fats and I’m getting horrible blackheads and large cystic acne around my chin. I have had oily skin and blackheads before but I thought it would improve instead of get much worse. I am taking magnesium and fermented cod liver/butter oil as supplements.
    I have read that sometimes people have trouble digesting fats. I’m really not sure what to do now? Do you have any suggestions?

  116. A friend and former co-worker used to come to work with 2 big bagles and that’s what she would eat all day. No cream cheese, no butter, not toasted just plain. If it wasn’t bagles, it was steel cut oats – uncooked or a box of frosted mini wheats. She was fairly heavy set. She didn’t eat a lot of sweets (other than the mini wheats) or meat. She had horrible mood swings – you never knew who would show up at work (which personality). She had sinus issues. She went to the doctor who ran allergy tests on her. Turned out she was allergic to grains – all of them, even rice which she was told nobody is allergic to. Added to the grains (which includes corn) she is allergic to dairy. Her diet dramatically changed. She had to read every label (think – high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, corn oil – the list goes on). Add to that, tree nuts. She began eliminating all grains, all dairy (she can drink soy milk and eat soy) – she went from about a size 18 or 20 to a size 6! She looks great, the puffiness in her face and body are gone and she says she feels better. She would never have known it was the grain until she had the sinus problem. I wish I had her willpower – its going to be monumental to get my hubby off the grains and especially off sugar but I’d really like to do it. I think it would be really good for us. Thanks, Wellness Mama. I just found your website today and I know this is an older post but I just had to comment. I was looking for homemade spice blends when I found this site. I appreciate your efforts! I know you are right on the grain thing – I just have to do it!!

  117. I am curious as to if there are any scientific articles or references I can read to back this information up. Any that you may have used?

  118. Do you have any suggestions for healthy snacks for kids? I don’t know if you wrote a blog about that before already. That would be the challenge for me, if I were to cut grains and store bought snacks w/safflower, sunflower oil and all that I don’t know what I could fill them up with!! I have 4 hungry boys who eat A LOT!! I do give them a lot of raw veggies but that would never be enough.

  119. Did you mention anything about corn? Would that be considered a vegetable or grain? How is popcorn and corn pasta ranking? My kids do not like squash for pasta at all and I am not sure I can live w/out pasta!!
    And what about mung bean noodles and patato noodles?
    I don’t understand if you are avoiding corn and patato altogether!?!

  120. I think the avoidance of starch in your diet is silly. Yes, it can cause problems if you aren’t eating a balanced diet, and it depends on what kind of ingredients you are using (if they are processed, whole-grain, organic, local, etc). I think the avoidance of starch will leave many people feeling quite hungry! Because starch fills you up. Also, the “meal alternatives” are ridiculous.. Nearly one chicken breast a day, bacon, etc ? Meat is absolutely NOT good for you, especially the factory-farmed stuff that is in the majority of supermarkets. And how could you possibly get enough calories in your diet if you avoid starch/grain altogether? Especially if you’re vegetarian/vegan?

    • I agree with not eating factory farmed meats, but organically produced meats can be very healthy. I don’t eat grains or many starches (though some sweet potatoes, fruit, etc) and I manage to get plenty of calories from meats, vegetables and healthy fats like coconut oil. Healthy fats are more than double as calorie dense per ounce, so getting enough calories (not that I’d ever count them… ) is easy. I’d never consider being a vegan/vegetarian, so can’t answer that one…

  121. Why do you suggest giving up beans and legumes??

  122. Ummm, I am a vegan, and vegans eat grains and beans for protein, and they are generally some of the healthiest people around, so maybe this only applies to carnivores. I mean, I can see the whole white flour logic and the pastas and people with gluten allergies but the rice pastas, white potatoes, corn. I just don’t agree with that.

  123. Hi, Wellness Mama! First – love the blog. You are doing so many things I wish I had time and space to do, but modern life interferes. Second – are there any exceptions to your grain-free rule? I know that gluten-free diets allow for corn and rice products, but it sounds like you are saying that gluten-free is not enough – we need to be grain-free? How do you feel about buckwheat and quinoa – I know those aren’t technically grains but seeds – same problem or potentially okay? Hope to get a response, as I am considering some version of Paleo Diet for endometriosis, but not sure how drastic to get! Thanks!

    • Depending on the person and the situation, different levels can be needed. Personally, I feel best when off all grains (but still getting carbs from sweet potatoes, veggies, fruit, etc), but some people seem to do ok with sprouted, soaked grains, which are certainly preferable than non-traditionally prepared ones! For the most part, non-GMO corn and rice are definitely lesser evils as far as the lectins go, so if a person was going to eat grains, those would be my choices. Are you doing any herbs or supplements to help with the endometriosis too?

      • I’ve tried it all. I am currently seeing a homeopathic doctor (since traditional doctors have done more harm than good), and I take evening primrose oil, Magnesium/calcium, and Zinc. I will probably also start taking Cod Liver, as you recommend in some of your writings. I feel like there’s got to be a natural way to improve my symptoms where surgery didn’t help, and I have heard endo referred to as an auto-immune disorder, so gluten-free/dairy-free may be a way for me to go (I’ve tried vegan before, which had me eating a lot more grains, and it didn’t help, either). thanks!

  124. I was reading some of the other comments below, and it seems that indeed Asian cultures, like the Chinese or Japanese tend to live long and healthy lives (comparatively speaking) and their traditional diet consists of mostly rice and seafood. Incidentally, they also do not eat dairy from what I know. I’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and had surgery last year, with zero improvement, so I am looking into gluten-free (and possibly dairy-free) diet (hate that word) in the new year, to see if that helps.

  125. What about boiling legumes to denature those lectins. What about the alkali treatment to denature maize proteins like the Indios have been doing for thousands of years.

    • Traditional methods (sprouting, soaking, fermenting, cooking, etc) do reduce the lectins, but not remove them entirely (a celiac could not consume even a sprouted and fermented grain without issue). It certainly is a good idea if a person is going to eat grains, but personally, I’d rather stick to higher nutrient foods that don’t require so much work to be non-harmful!

  126. What category do chickpeas fall into? I LOVE hummus and falafel.

  127. Have you seen the documentary ‘Forks over Knives’. We are better off not eating meats or dairy. So, now what are we suppose to eat?

    • I disgaree with the entire premise of Forks Over Knives and will definitely be addressing the reasons why in a post soon, but I still stand behind the idea of eating enough animal protein from healthy sources…

  128. I watched the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ on Netflix. I’m now a vegan because of it, and now you guys are telling me to not eat grains and beans. Where do you think I should get my proteins? I really do not want to eat meat because of the harmful health issues associated with it.

  129. Timeline for the “…dawn of the roller mill…” is off by more than two thousand years. In eastern Asia, Chinese millers perfected use of water powered wooden roller mills to produce rice flour long before Persian millers used wind power for the same purpose. Much later, you cite 1872, European millers came on board with steel rollers. This changes the timeline and impact of most other data presented.

  130. Gluten/Grains, is not linked to autism, so please do not spread that B.S. information. Seeing as how I am on the autism spectrum, and been without grains and gluten for years now, I think I know more than you do. If gluten causes autism, than why do symptoms begin to present while they’re babies. Last time I checked babies only drink milk for at least the first four months of their lives. And unless their mothers breast were made of spaghetti and they leaked out rice, I just don’t see how the baby could develop an allergy to and show symptoms of autism when they aren’t even introduced to gluten until they are at least 6 months old!
    Your argument is invalid. As is the whole, autism is caused by vaccines bull! Vaccines were not made mandatory until the 60’s, I believe, where as autism was first ‘discovered’ some time between 1911 and the 40’s (though it was first thought to be connected with schizophrenia even up until the 60’s). With this said some countries like Japan have banned some of the vaccines believed to be ‘causing’ autism, and you want to know what? The autism rates there are still rising.
    Not to mention autism has probably been around just as long as any other ‘disease’ (for lack of a better word), but because no one cared enough before everyone was clumped together in those asylums all getting the same treatments. The only reason people are worried about it now is because it is a popular news topic.
    The only cause of autism that makes any sense is genetic. Though no one else in my family was ever diagnosed, I believe that my father, and two of my cousins on my mother’s side may be on the spectrum.
    Honestly, unless you are on the spectrum, you will never understand what is like. At times it makes you feel like an alien, like you don’t fit into or understand the machine that everyone else can so easily maneuver and manipulate. But on the other hand you’re able to think of questions that no one else asks (and sometimes find answers), you can do something that other people think is impossible with minimal effort (such as finish a thousand piece puzzle in 2 hours, read a 500 page book in 3 hours, or even come up with complex theories of relativity such as Einstein did (he was believed to have autism)), and the worlds that you can create inside your own head are so amazing that it is quite hard to pay attention to such a bland reality as this. Being on the spectrum, no matter what end can be both difficult and awesome, but I believe that no matter how hard it is and no matter how much you neurotypicals are against us, the reward is much greater than the pain and suffering.
    Any way, my rant is done.

      • You are quoting one source, I am quoting multiple sources plus my own life experience. So excuse me for saying this, but you are wrong. And I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t spread this false information around, because it isn’t accurate.

        • I wasn’t quoting that as my only source, just saying that it might be helpful to you on the spectrum and improving things.

          • Well you obviously didn’t read my whole comment, because I said that I haven’t eaten gluten for quite a while, and I was diagnosed while not eating it. Not to mention I have heard many other people on the spectrum say that cutting it out of their diet had absolutely ZERO effect on their symptoms. Thus your suggestions and your theories are completely invalid and useless.

          • Again, that book is not simply about removing grains but it has a whole comprehensive plan that I have seen help many people with Autism and who are on the spectrum. I feel for your frustration on this issue, but please use fact based arguments and not absolutism like “thus your suggestions and theories are completely invalid and useless.” I am all for constructive commentary, but please avoid rudeness or find another blog to read…

          • I’m not being rude, and for you to suggest that means that you have zero to very little experience with people on the spectrum. I am simply stating my findings, and how your assumptions are wrong.
            I believe that gluten helps people avoid most processed foods, and thus makes people feel healthier.
            But I don’t agree that people on the spectrum will be anymore more effected by a gluten-free diet than NT’s. It’s not the gluten-free stuff that’s really making you feel better (unless you have Celiac Disease), it’s the not eating so much processed, unhealthy food.
            Whether you have an ASD or are an NT, doesn’t really matter. If you eat healthy, then you will feel better, period.
            It’s silly to think that a person with AS has different chemistry than an NT, and will be more effected by not eating gluten. Gluten itself is not the problem (all it does is help bind food together better), it’s the disgusting “food” that gluten is put in.

  131. Hello,
    I have only just started reading your articles and see that you are against grains. May I know your thoughts on pseudo-grains that are gluten-free like amaranth, quinoa, sprouted brown rice, buckwheat and millet?

    • Non gluten containing grains are a better option, especially if fermented or sprouted, but some people will still have issues with them…

      • I am a little surprised to read this article as I advocate a macrobiotic lifestyle. I suppose there is no one size fits all. Thank you for responding. = )

  132. Attempted to cut out grains and starches and it is physically not possible for me. Not only does it make me cranky, but my blood sugar falls (I am not a diabetic, quite the opposite) and I end up with shakes, cold sweats, loss of concentration, tunnel vision. To say that all grains are inherently bad for you is a bit of an overstatement. With that said, there are times when avoiding carbs is an extremely smart idea; i.e, cancer patients should not consume carbs at all (feeds the cancer cells).

  133. As a Celiac, I have to agree that wheat, barley and rye are evil. Corn and rice are fine in moderation, IMO. Wheat needs to eliminated from everything from shampoo to hairspray to vitamin e. So I now make my own to make sure that it cannot hurt me anymore. Thank you Wellness Mama. Your guidance has helped a lot.

  134. I don’t understand the “No white potatoes” thing. They’re not a grain and they don’t have a high lectin content. If your trying to go grain free, they’re a good starch and I’ve read elsewhere humans generally don’t react negatively. Will you or someone explain?

    • They are definitely a more controversial food… they do have some lectins that some people react to, and some people also don’t handle disaccharides well, but you are right, they are definitely not as harmful and many people do ok with them…

  135. this is bogus! anything can kill you if you let it.. water can kill you too. moderation is KEY, is apple pie good for your, no , but it’s good for your soul , it is completely unhealthy to constantly be stressing about what you eat, STRESS is more toxic than any grain known to man.. STRESS will kill you faster than a piece of apple pie, or a donut. food is meant to be ENJOYED not worried about, there’s nothing wrong with cutting out grains if it makes you feel better, but to make a statement so ridiculous as “Grains are killing you slowly” is just well… ridiculous. From the minute you are born you slowly start to die, THAT IS LIFE, we all die at point or another but until then life is too short to not enjoy a piece of pie now and then.

    • It’s not the dying that’s the problem, it’s the long lingering ill feeling that goes before it if you aren’t nourishing your body properly.

  136. Damn! I wish I would have read your blog 6 weeks ago. I am a Stage 4 HER+ Breast to Bone cancer survivor- yeah it’s been almost 6 years now. I am feeling some bone pain again and my health guru David Miller/Lifethyme of Manhatten, (he realizes that I will never lean towards western medicine again before meeting him I did 8 rounds of radiation that almost killed me) said calmly ” remove all sugar, wheat, grains, carbs from your diet and lets keep an eye on things”.
    I did it for about one week, after 4 days my pain went down… then the holidays came and that went out the window- My mum is a pastry genious, my entire family are foodies… so what I am reading in your blog makes so much sense. Maybe now I won’t be such a whiner, and forget about trying to make grain-free breads- (they all suck.) I have wasted far too much cash on ingredients that just make grainy-cornbread-textured-lumps.
    I shall pass on your link to others in the same frustrating boat as mine-I think it will be easier to get through tomorrow knowing what I know now about grains.

    Thank you!
    Zard Tompkins

  137. lol, “a background in nutrition”. Tell me more WellnessMama, forget my Doctor and Dietitian’s opinion. Those are just fancy words for years and years of professional study on these subjects. I’m taking my health advice from someone with a vague connection to the even vaguer concept of “nutrition”.

    • You’d be surprised what doctors and dietitian’s don’t know that they don’t know.

  138. Cray, I agree with you!!!!!

    As OMNIVORES we are not designed to eat carbohydrates like wheat which is a result of sivilization.There are lots of other carb. sources which are rich in Vit B.

    Here is an abstract from NY Times (copy):

    (Title) Diabetes Assosiation and Corporate Sponsors

    To the Editor:

    “In Diabetes Fight, Raising Cash and Keeping Trust”(front page,Nov.25)

    points out the conflict of interest in the American Diabetes Assosiation`s relationship with drug and food companies that make donations to the association.

    Indeed,you even quote an official of the association as saying that

    sugar ingestion is of little consequence for prediabetics.

    I have been a Type 2 diabetic since 1999.The article clames that “obesity and inactivity are the key risk factors” for Type 2 diabetes.

    Perheps for some,butI was neither obese not inactive,yet my blood sugar levels were off the chart.

    I was fortunate in finding a doctor who advised me to cut back signifi

    cantly on carbohydrates.By doing so,I am able to achieve normal blood sugar numbers without using drugs or insulin.

    Perheps someone should inform the American Diabetes Assosiation that carbs turn into sugar when digested. But,there is no money to be made from such advice,which I have never seen from the American Diabetes Assosiation.”

    End of quote

    You protect you point of view so vehemently that I came to the conclusion : You might also have conflict of interests.

    And, yes brain does need sugar but it does´n have to come from carbs that kill people .Any food converts into sugar.

  139. You mentioned sprouted grains in passing but said nothing more on that. Are sprouted grains fine to eat? What about seeds that aren’t technically grains (sprouted or not), such as millet and quinoa? What about nuts, which I’ve also read contain phytates? My reading has seemed to say that *any* kind of seed—be it grain, non-grain, nut, bean, or legume—contains phytates, and they’re best sprouted, or soaked in a way that adds/activates phytase to reduce the phytates (though it seems like a lot of trouble to go to when so many other foods are available in our culture). Thoughts?

  140. I agree and I have one question. Biologically speaking quinoa is a seed not a grain; and distant relative of spinach and swiss chard; is it ok to eat quinoa?

  141. Hmm… the truth is, we live in an imperfect world. We all get old, sick and die. That’s simply the way it is. No matter what we eat, we are inevitably going to get sick. I’m all for healthy eating! And I’m a runner, so I love grains. The truth is, people did get weaker to an extent because of agriculturalism. But it’s because people went from being hunter gatherers who ate a wide variety of foods, to eating the same few foods all the time. It removed all variety (and ironically opened up the possibility of mass starvation).

    One problem I have with this is that it didn’t say anything about life expectancy. Life expectancy has greatly increased along with our consumption of grain (if we’re going to use correlational studies as evidences…). Also, of course Chronic illnesses have increased as we’ve found cures for other diseases. All the people who would have developed some kind of chronic illness 200 years ago actually died from other illnesses that are easily treatable today. But I don’t think we can attribute it all to over consumption of grains. Here’s an example: I had pneumonia when I was 12. 200 years ago, I would have died. If I develop cancer, then I’m increasing the cancer rate. But strangely, this is not because we’re getting sicker, it’s the opposite, it’s because we’re getting healthier… just something to think about in these historical trend/correlational studies on diseases and diet.

    As for obesity, it’s not caused by grains… I eat a lot of whole grains. But I also exercise. I run 5-6 miles a day (ran a marathon 1 1/2 years ago). Grains do not make people fat. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat. That’s the simple truth. The reason cutting grains out of your diet makes you lose weight is because there are a lot of calories in one gram of carbs.

    If I followed every blog about healthy eating, the only thing I would eat would be a limited range of vegetables with a piece of fruit here or there. I’ve heard that meat is bad, I’ve heard that dairy is bad (and all animal products for that matter), I’ve heard that fruit is ok if you only eat a little of it because of the sugar. But even if I did that, guess what? I would still get sick and… well… die.

    If God gave me this body, then I want to take care of it as best I can, and I am not convinced that the best way to take care of my body is to abstain from grains. Mostly because I’ve read numerous articles/blogs/etc. on the benefits of whole grains.

  142. This article is interesting. I’m trying to research why I do not lose any weight when I include grains of any sort in my diet. I was tested with urine and told by a nutritionist two years ago that I do not have the enzymes to break down carbohydrates. I’m also gluten sensitive, according to a blood test given my doctor. But without consuming at least some complex carbohydrates such as steel cut oats and quinoa, I get so hungry so often throughout the day. If I eat a high-protein meal (eggs, meat, and vegetables, for example), I’m hungry again in an hour. I’m slightly overweight and doing cardio for 20 minutes per day. I’ve had my thyroid checked recently and am doing well on my Armor thyroid medication. The only way I’ve ever maintained a healthy figure and weight was when I was avoiding carbs as much as possible. My question is: How many times per day do you eat? How do you prevent from feeling hungry every hour? Do you bulk on veggies and fruit?

  143. This entire article is primarily argued on correlation and not causation. Read that a few times over until you guys understand the difference

  144. I say eat every thing in moderation of course to much of something is gunna make some one sick we are human not metal treat your body right food is fuel not pleasure we eat to live dont you fill up your car with the best gas full up your body with the best food do tou over fill your cars tank no your car could blow up eat in moderation and you will live a healthy life eat everything good and bad your serving size is the size of your palm!

  145. Do you think natural, living yeast in bread making is part of the answer? Commercial rapid rise yeast does not allow time for the wheat berry to break down. I believe this is a major reason why gluten issues have become widespread.
    I believe our food choices are personal, but should be well informed.

  146. Wellnessmama…As a physician, it is often frustrating to read some of the comments here, as they often echo my experiences that I have with my patients…one of misdirection and misguidance.

    Over the last 8 years, I have been completely grain free. I am healthier, more energetic, present with outstanding health markers, and (a pride of mine) to go to the gym and outlift, outrun, and outperform many 18-25 year olds–guys half my age.

    Indeed, correlation does not equal causation. But when there is such a STRONG correlation in my patients–those that consume the most grains (whole or processed) or other simple sugars–also have high postprandial glucose levels, obesity, diabetes, diabetic markers, and skewed hormones…one has to wonder.

    Like some of the comments on here, I get patients who say after removing grains or flour from their diets that they are now “ravenously” hungry. Of course, this is to be expected if they are removing 400-800 or more calories from empty foods and creating a void. After I tell them that this deficit can now be replaced with 6-8 ounces of quality meat, fish, or poultry along with 5-6 cups of greens and berries, I always get this blank stare (just one bagel has 350-500 calories…many people eat 2 for breakfast). As Americans, we are so accustomed to deprivation diets which is why they inevitably fail. Instead, if they replaced those same calories from that bread, from those cookies…or from that whole grain…with protein and veggies…well, that is a lot of food and a ton of nutrients–far exceeding what they received from that large cup of oatmeal.

    And those that don’t understand the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis…and the fact that the former is completely normal and a healthy part of fat metabolism…then they should consult an endocrinologist or diabetes specialist here at Duke. Way different.

    I commend you on your blog. I find it interesting that so many have criticized that you are not a scientist or physician. Often, the best medicine comes from what we learn from our patients. Much of what is currently taught in medical schools is antiquated. Patients and their experiences do much to keep us on the forefront. Ever heard of “off label” Rx usage? Much of this is the result of patient or physician observation. Just because an observation is not back scientifically doesn’t mean there isn’t science behind it.

    • Wow, more endocrinologists/physicians should think like you! I’m in Canada, otherwise I’d ask if you were accepting new patients! 😉

      A year ago, at 27 years old, I had papillary thyroid cancer and a total thyroidectomy. I asked my endo if I did this or that to cause it (tanning beds, taking too much iodine, etc.) and she said don’t worry, you didn’t do anything to cause it – it’s very common. While this may have cured my guilt, it made me more insecure that a) she was suggesting I have no control over what happens to me, 2) she could be so closed minded (and she looks under 40!) They basically told me the only known cause is radioactive substances (like from Chernobyl) and too much radiation to the neck – so they’re willing to consider those environmental factors, but not others. Anyway, I have my own theories, like diet (soy, grains, etc,), radiation through dental/other xrays..

      My point is I wish more doctors recognized the fact that there are factors that scientific research cannot measure (or haven’t yet measured), not enough research is done on more “natural” causes, and Western medicine does not know everything. (They used to think the appendix was useless, but now suspect it plays a role in the maintenance of intestinal flora – may partially explain my constipation issues since having an appendectomy..)

  147. What about Quinoa? I believe it is technically a seed. Does it also cause these problems? Also you mentioned that nuts and seeds also contain phytic acid does that mean they should also be avoided? Tonight I am making chick pea four flat bread as an alternative.

    • They contain physic acid as well, but not nearly in the amounts as most grains….

  148. 200 years ago, the famous epicure gourmand, Brillat-Savarin — who the famous savarin cake is named after — observed:

    “Sure enough, carnivorous animals never grow fat (consider wolves, jackals, birds of prey, crows, etc.). Herbivorous animals do not grow fat easily, at least until age has reduced them to a state of inactivity; but they fatten very quickly as soon as they begin to be fed on potatoes, grain, or any kind of flour. … The second of the chief causes of obesity is the floury and starchy substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment. As we have said already, all animals that live on farinaceous food grow fat willy-nilly; and man is no exception to the universal law.” — Brillat-Savarin, Jean-Anthelme
    I totally agree that as mammals with one digestive stomach humans are not evolved to consume grains. We’ve just been brainwashed by farming, and easy to grow and cheap food. Bread is the original junk food!
    The government, particularly FDA, won’t tell you how bad grains are and its contribution to obesity because that would ruin the wheat and grain industry.

  149. ever heard of glycogen…. pretty sure glucose is converted into glycogen in muscles and liver, then in adipose tissue as fat. there is a reason carbs are burnt first people.

  150. What about Quinoa????

  151. What about seeds and nuts? I assume that’s fine in a no grain diet correct? Bout to start my 40 days, why not 🙂

  152. tried to read as much as a I could, but WHEW! there are a lot of comments. Can anyone tell me if gluten free bread is included on the “bad list”, and are we talking ALL rice? When you say steer clear of rice? Also, i gathered from the almond pancackes mentioned, that nuts and products made with nuts are “o.k”?….even though they contain “phytic acid”? And with the suggestion of “limited beans”, what are we talking here? a few days a week or 1 day a month?

  153. After having read through the majority of the “Fat Head” blog and making my way through most of yours now, it was pretty obvious this was going to be a controversial post. Though my family had already switched to an adapted paleo form of eating previous to my viewing of this blog I still feel the need to thank you for doing what you do. Its because of people like you, Tom Naughton, Jimmy Moore (and thankfully so many others) that I became literate enough in this diet to advocate for it to my family at the same time my grandma’s doctors similarly recommended the diet to help her control her diabetes (there’s hope in the health community yet!). Since that time my grandma has drastically reduced her insulin medication (she’s now on the lowest prescribed dose), my uncles blood pressure has dropped (from 140/100 to 120/78 last he checked), my whole family’s body composition has improved (weight loss has curbed a bit, but seeing as its gained muscle keeping it up we’re quite alright with that!) and my girlfriend’s eczema has improved. As a biomedical student I adored Tom’s blog for combating the poor science involved in current government nutrition recommendations (and sadly much of my curriculum, though I’ve had some profs hint at being dissenters), but what I’ve loved most about your blog is that you couple your debunking of terrible foods with an in-depth holistic approach to medicine through food (which has sadly seemed an abstract concept at best in our curriculum). I guess this is my long-winded way of saying THANK YOU for what you do, and please keep this blog going as strong as you are. I hope you don’t allow the people trolling on the internet discourage you (who seem more interested in trying to rudely discredit/undermine you rather than actually debate science), as your blog has been both a helpful and insightful resource for me (and many others) in these past months, and I hope well into the future!

    Prayers for you and your family, may your Easter be blessed! 🙂

  154. The writer is making wild assertions from no where. Quote “Grains are not healthy and are toxic to the body.” I’m like really? The human body developed a metabolism specifically for the digestion of carbohydrates and you are going to say it’s toxic? Grains aren’t bad for you, they’re just calorically dense and should be eaten a lot less than normal, but that doesn’t mean they kill you.

    • Read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter , and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. They’re ‘real’ doctors and they are advocating grain free. Also Dr. D’Adamo’s Eat Right For Your Blood Type and Dr. Mercola online with tons of advice that backs this up.

  155. As a skinny guy, i have always struggled to put on weight and maintain muscle. Since eliminating grains and sugar, the benefits have been great – more energy, better skin, brighter eyes, more consistent better moods. However, i am loosing even more weight, i feel like my body type needs carbs and i process them well, but i don’t want to eat grains and sugar – how can i increase my calorie count but not eat grains – you say i shouldn’t eat white rice and white potatoes either? why not? Thanks in advance

    • Have you added more fat to your diet?

    • Rice is staple of the Chinese diet and has been for centuries. Most Chinese people very slim and healthy.

  156. Thank you wellness mama for all you do and all the information that you share :D. My opinion on the whole grain issue happening is really simple. Whenever a company or shall I say CEO of a company goes from caring about helping the person with the service they need to chasing after ONLY $$$ then your health will suffer because you no longer matter. They will do, and have done what they needed to make plenty of money regardless whether you like it or not. I no longer complain with my voice. I vote with my dollar. Support businesses that care about you still and make sure they hear your voice if you want to complain. If you like eating grains, simply prepare the traditional way and make sure it isn’t tampered with how they product it today. It is that simple.

    • Blaming a ceo is very popular these days but the ceo has nothing to do with the problem. The problem is government intrusion into everything and one other not…business is successful when they satisfy customers desires, so the other part of the problem is meeting customer demands.

  157. Since my family can’t eat dairy or soy and won’t eat meat I think we’d starve if we didn’t eat any grains. I’d like to avoid them, but seriously, how in the world would you get enough calories to survive on that type of diet? (no meat, dairy, soy, or grain). I would honestly like to know, not trying to be rude.

  158. Animals have growth hormones injected into them.

    • Not all of them… just factory farmed ones…

  159. hey wellness mama will a grain only become healthy if u ferment it

  160. Hi Katie!

    I loved this post! 🙂
    I have so many health problems that possibly could be helped by leaving grains out of my diet. I’ve been suspicious that gluten may be the culprit…the more I research, the more convinced I am.

    I think you may have just convinced me to be brave enough to try it. Thanks again for the great post and your awesome blog and emails!

  161. I gave up wheat, sugar, corn, rice, and potatoes on August 1, 2012. I have lost 40 pounds, my type 2 diabetes is under control with no meds, I’m off my allergy meds, my triglycerides have dropped dramatically, my HDL (good cholesterol) has increased dramatically, and my LDL particles are large and fluffy now instead of small and dangerous. I eat wonderful meals including steak, fish, chicken, fresh veggies, and salads. I still have dessert every night – usually sugar free Jello and Land O’Lakes whipped cream. I never go hungry and I never get hungry between meals. I feel so much better and have tons more energy. Eating grains is suicide.

  162. Having a slice of homemade healthy bread a day is not unhealthy..I am not slashing your post, but eating a healthy plant based diet with no meat is the healthiest way to go in my opinion. Human beings have no need to eat meat, and though yes, most bread and bread products are manufactured badly today, but! There are still wholesome, healthy organic natural bread, which is very healthy and studies show it, I know i make my own bread and it is 100% healthy, but I love your posts on making your on detergent.

    • I think you did not read the article you commented about.

  163. Goodness, this post seems to have gotten quite a few sets of knickers in a tight twist! I find it interesting that so many of the comments *aren’t* in response to what’s actually in the post.

    For example, at no point do you write: (1) cut all carbs out of your diet (like yams or fruit or beans) or (2) follow the Atkins plan or (3) ketoacidosis is your friend. You’d never know that, however, from reading a lot of these comments.

    Decades ago, many experts thought fats were the culprit, so the low-fat boom came in–powered by carbs. We can’t avoid the reality that more people are overweight and/or dealing with Type 2 diabetes and immune disorders at a time when our consumption of grain-based products is at an all time high. (A related issue is the fact that the federal government subsidies the production of grains and sugar!)

    My experience is that my body does a lot better without grain-based products, especially wheat. For a long while, I eliminated only wheat and other gluten-bearing grains. I then became a big consumer of oats (including granola–yum!), but that went, as well.

    Four days ago I gave up all grains, including corn (goodbye polenta…) for 90 days, as Wellness Mama suggests. I am now in day 5. Days 2 and 3 were a bit…unpleasant, but today is a lot easier. I’m also eating sauerkraut a couple of times a day, and I think that’s helped.

    Thank you for your work.

  164. What are your sources? I need scientific papers for a paper I’m writing on this subject and am not finding any.

  165. What about quinoa or couscous?

  166. From reading this it sounds like gluten is harmful, but I’m not convinced ALL grains are. What’s wrong with a balanced amount of brown rice and non GMO corn in the diet so long as your not getting gluten? Most everything I’ve read about GAPS and leaky gut are tied to gluten, but not necessarily ALL grains. Am I missing something here?

  167. I find your article interesting. You quote a lot of research but don’t actually mention authors or where this research comes from -the most important thing when reporting on scientific literature. Are you able to provide a list of your “research”?

  168. So many facts, so few (0) references! This is a great article, but I find myself flipping back and forth trying to verify everything you’re writing.

    As the real food and wellness movements build steam we need to be educating our cooks (mommies) with science based articles, not mommy-blogger opinions. This articles is not the latter, but falls short of the former. Keep up the great work! This is an important message.

  169. This is all religion, isn’t it? Everyone will say, no THIS is the right diet because of this, and this is wrong because of THIS thing the body does but no one really knows. Every single statement about nutrition seems to be fifty fifty on each side these days.

    This leads me to being very sad. Because MY personal diet religion was Paleo. I thought that made SO much sense! I did it without cheating for three months and felt terrible the whole time. I kept up with it because I was hoping my body was just adjusting and there was a light at the end of the tunnel. After getting fed up with basically being bed-ridden, I VERY reluctantly went back to eating grains and felt much better. But at the same time I whole-heartedly believe that they’re the devil, so now I just feel sad and guilty every time I eat. Any advice?

    • I noticed that feeling stressed, not sleeping enough, and feeling guilty for eating stuff that’s “bad” actually makes me feel terrible. I’m kinda Paleo, but I do eat rice (white and brown) and some homemade bread (hardly ever though, don’t really care for it). I also eat some junk (more than I should). But I make sure I eat a lot of veggies (lots of greens too), fruits, eggs, butter, beef, chicken, salmon (yumm) and all the other healthy stuff. And I feel great. So I think the best way to feel great is to eat healthy for the most part and don’t stress it when you don’t stick with your ideal diet. And don’t forget to eat what makes YOUR body feel great, not what someone else tells you is good or bad. Good luck!

  170. How many naysayers have actually changed their diet?

    2.5 million years of the genus homo eating minimal to zero grains. Plus our close ancestors eating zero to minimal grains for the couple million years before that. And I’m supposed to think that TODAY’s grain-based diet is more optimal than what we ate for millions of years of evolution? Perspective, people.

  171. I feel like a Paleo diet is mostly for weight loss or control and not about having a healthier body overall. Again, this is very individualized but I can’t see myself cutting out rice or oatmeal. I have cut out most refined breads and flours like white flour since it causes major spikes in blood sugar. But wheat flour is a complex carb. and stabilizes your blood sugar and keeps you fuller longer. I thought oatmeal was heart healthy and is backed by the AHA? I thought brown rice was also healthy? You can’t tell me Japan isn’t doing something right when their people live well over the life expectancy here and have one of the best life expectancies in the world and their diet is 70% rice? And white rice at that! I know you have to take their lifestyles and environment into account but plenty of other countries thrive and eat grains? There are greater poisons out there like stress, lack of sleep, and poor mental well-being than grains. I think we really need to focus on eating more organically and avoiding more PROCESSED grains but not eliminating them all together.

    • Wheat didn’t make me satisfied it made me ravenous. It also made me crave sugar very strongly.

  172. I will cut yummy grains and potatoes I’ll live longer.
    If I live longer, I will have more time to deprive myself of the foods I love.
    Come on, yeah they may have phytic acid. But they are not as bad as refined sugar. And what’s life without a warm bowl of oatmeal, a freshly baked slice of bread, a delicious pasta dish, and some nutty brown rice.
    We need to eat the foods we like. Just because they make your tummy hurt doesn’t mean you need to force your views on us and tell us that we’re fatasses and that we’re wrong for inflicting pain upon ourselves.
    People all over the globe eat grains. It’s a staple of many diets. Surely you wouldn’t expect a whole world to flip-flop their culture, right?

  173. I’m feeling quite overwhelmed and confused, maybe you can help me. I do not eat animal products for ethical (I don’t like murdering animals), environmental (raising cattle strongly linked to climate change/greenhouse gasses), and health (linked to heart disease and high cholesterol – The China Study) reasons. I am trying to cut gluten out of my diet as much as possible (I don’t know if I can give up beer yet) and the only grains I really eat are wild rice and quinoa. I don’t understand what is unhealthy about legumes (above you advise to limit intake but I can’t find an explanation of why). I understand your arguments regarding grains and I agree with you for the most part – they are devoid of many nutrients that can be found elsewhere – but nothing else quite fills me up the same way and gives me lasting energy the way both grains and legumes do. I feel like everywhere I look, I find conflicting evidence and straight-up BAD science. Do you have any advice you can send my way? I’m starting to feel a little helpless!!

  174. honestly this article could have easily been rewritten, substituting the word “grains” with “chocolates”, “sugars”, “meats”, “milk”, etc. Anything in high volume over extended period oftime is boud to have adverse effects on the body. That is why people who are older are more prone to diseases and health problems because they’re bodies are processing many other things, not JUST grains. The correlations made between grain consumption and things like increased weights, health problems, lowered sperm levels, cant merely be a direct result of eating grains because humans live complex lives, DIRECT correlation is unlikely, there would be many other factors. People please dont go ahead and completely remove grains from your life, that would just be silly, Keep in midn wellnessmama has a a “background” in nutrition, journalism and communications, which is all well and good, but also means shes been trained in the art of spin, and can easily manipulate language into misdirecting you into beliving grain is a complete sin, merely so she can attract more hits on this page. Im not saying everything this entire article is a joke, but whilst reading please take it with a grain of salt, dont become a sheep basically!

  175. This is an old article, but I just found it and am interested in this. I am a vegetarian who eats fish occasionally. Since this way of eating really emphasizes meat, what kind of meat are you eating? From what I’ve read, meat these days is full of antibiotics and growth hormones and should not be eaten. Do you buy organic meat all the time? Or raise your own? I don’t eat a lot of grains, mainly rice, quinoa, buckwheat (although maybe that isn’t a real grain), but do eat pancakes and muffins (mainly gluten-free). I’m not sure how I’d ever eliminate grains and meat and most dairy…

    • That would definitely be tougher as a vegetarian… We do only buy organic/grassfed meat from a farmer where I can verify that it was raised in a healthy and humane way…

  176. Do you have sources for your facts? Its interesting but I don’t know what to believe anymore when I read a blog. Especially on highly controversial topics like this. Sources for all stated facts would strengthen this post.

  177. CALORIE! is the most disadvantage of grains. It wont really help a person if you eat too much grains. But grains is also good to us, not just that much

  178. Yeah, this idea sounds “crazy” to some but it was attractive to me as soon as I heard about it. It’s kind of intuitive even.

    I suggest to either try grain-free diet or not and decide for yourself. Whatever anyone says about their experience, at the end only I can tell whether anything is good for me or not.

  179. Grain might be the problem but more of Today’s problem in US is living sedentary lifestyle which gets worst during winter months plus addition of that processed fast foods handily available.

    Using cars even for very short distance, desk jobs, processed foods, stress are doing most of the damage. Cook food from scratch at home with less grains and more vegetables, fruits, proteins (garbanzo tofu kidney beans, black beans, free range eggs), nuts, lentils, little dairy etc (Don’t have time?- Either you are a Millionaire or Billionaire and you can afford a part time or full time cook or you do normal job and have lot of time after work so that you can cook, rest is an excuse). Eat less outside and do more of the physical activity in any form, yoga, walk, aerobics, gym, sports.

  180. Has this article been peer reviewed by academic or medical nutritionists?

  181. Apparently, I’m type O+, but I actually don’t like meat that much. Never was a big fan. Love rice and beans though. I’m starting to wonder if there was a mistake on my test. It seems like I’m having some health issues related to immune system, and I know I need to improve my diet, but I just don’t know that I can take grains out of my diet. Rice brown pasta and beans, even rice! It’s hard enough to not eat pizza, but this is too much for me (for now)…….

  182. Ohhhh man, no more donuts? Oh the humanity!!! Seriously though, this would be so hard for me. I want/should/need to do it though.

  183. You say there is no biological need for grains but I have read a lot of research indicating that there is no biological need for meat and that our body was not designed for it (hence why we must cook it). Yet you seem to incorporate that into your diet. I’m just sort of wondering about how you decide what research is right or relevant.

  184. Hi there Katie. I am truly interested in getting to the bottom of this grains issue. I have been reading and researching for years now and I still grapple with this idea of no grains at all. There is a book/website called the Blue Zones which zooms in on the 5 healthiest communities in the world at the moment with the least amount of disease and they have the longest lifespan. ( I believe the top one is the Okinawa people on an island of Japan. Rice is a staple in their diet and grains are a part of each of the other communities listed. I can’t mentally get around the fact that some of the healthiest people in the world consume grains but the current movement is to demonize them. It just messes with my head. It seems to me the common thread to these healthy communities are an outdoor lifestyle with plenty of Vitamin D, lots of fruit and vegetables direct from their gardens, and a sense of community and purpose and a lack of stress. All the other factors seem to vary between the communities. DO you have any thoughts on this?
    Thanks in advance, Corrie.

  185. HI Corrie, I’ve seen some of this info too. I’m actually working on a post about it in depth, but I do think that rice has to be separated from other grains when it comes to toxins/etc and properly prepared grains (what the other cultures consume) are an entirely different substance too. The problem is that here, we are consuming genetically modified, processed grains in high amounts…

    • I look forward to your post. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    • Everyone sites how much rice Asians eat. It is relatively small. They use small bowls and eat mostly veggies and foods from the sea. We as westerners have expanded the amount to get the same “carb buzz” we want from grains.

  186. you seem a reasonable intelligent person, ever thought how they could have measured human brain function and physical ability 10000 years ago? ” studies show that human brain function and physical ability peaked just prior to the agricultural revolution as well” Is there a link to those studies? Every person with a key board is a doctor nowadays.

  187. ..also so now we need to do what the cavemen used to do?

  188. As for the wheat belly book, the American Dietetic Association Journal article by Doctor Julie Jones debunks this doctor’s claims in a 13 page peer reviewed journal. Do a search online for the PDF under American Dietetic Association Julie Jones & Wheat Belly and take the time to educated yourself on what multiple scientific studies show. The only reason you shouldn’t be eating nutrient dense whole grains is if you have a sensitivity to it.

    • YES! thank you..

    • American Dietetic Association. Would they exist if there were no problems with diet? If their information was true with the amount of grains everyone eats we should all be in perfect health, right? But. We’re not!

      • This is a flawed argument. Would they exist? probably not, however just because there are problems with diet, it doesn’t mean grains are the cause. People consume many unhealthy things everyday along side grains. It is those other unhealthy things that are causing health problems.That is like saying if I eat rubbish, so long as I eat salad, I will be healthy. That simply doesn’t work. The salad isn’t what is making me unhealthy – it is the rubbish food. If you have a healthy diet and it contains whole grains (unrefined, unbleached, unprocessed) then yes, you can be healthy. Especially if they are 100% raw grains such as spelt and millet.

    • grains cause inflammation in your body and a lot of diseases are born from that.

  189. This is a wake up call. Thanks so much for the information. I can do without! 🙂

  190. Just screams of carb-paranoia. Unless you’re a saint, you are bound to experience extreme mood swings and low energy if you go completely carb-free. Plus, a lot of us are in demanding professions that require high-productivity, and I’d rather eat a few carbs to ensure my career, my well-being and the well-being of those around me, and my family doesn’t suffer. Even natural fitness professionals don’t recommend no-carb diets. I agree you can find carbs in natural sources like fruits and vegetables, but you’d have to eat a lot of them to have some kind of a balanced diet and energy to get on with life. What do they say about moderation? Oh yeah, “everything in moderation”.

  191. I can attest that this article is true. I have a painful autoimmune condition that causes bladder pain, stomach issues, joint pain, and fatigue. As part of an elimination diet I figured out that all grains, even rice, make my symptoms worse. I went on a detox plan with diet and supplements and over the year I would have cycles where my hair would fall out, but my natural path guided me in the fact that it was detox. He was right because a year later I have a full head of thick hair again. When I first took grains out, I was anxious and never felt full..but the pain in my body was so much better so I went on with it. Over a few weeks I felt great and the anxiety got better. Now, if I cheat and eat rice or corn I will wake up the next day with my joint pain back. This article totally goes against the norm in our culture, so it will cause an up heal.. but truth is always violently opposed before it is excepted. I find it disheartening that all these commentators can go to school for nutrition for years and not learn the truth. I hope they one day do not have to suffer as I have, with a painful condition as a result of my high grain/sugars lifestyle that I was born into. I will add that the root cause of this in my is my gut flora imbalance. I was on antibiotics for 2 years when I was a baby, and this is what set the stage for me to not be able to digest many foods correctly. My husband who is ultra healthy and has very healthy bowels, does not have a problem with rice and corn. So, I think the problem with grains goes deeper than just eating grains, but more so in the environment of the gut that they going into.

  192. It’s very easy to find sprouted whole grains, making much of this article irrelevant. #2, saying “there is no biological need” in the sense that you can get the nutrients from other food sources is illogical. Vitamin for vitamin, mineral for mineral, goji berries don’t contain anything you can’t get from other sources either. Also, all those issues rising would be attributed to gmo’s, vaccines, prescription meds, heavy metal/environmental poisoning, etc… not due to consuming grains. To be honest, it’s actually comical that you even suggested that (from an unnamed source as well).
    Organic, sprouted whole grains are GOOD FOR YOU. There’s a reason many people who follow the Mediterranean diet live past 100 (which encourages whole grains). They have a variety of vitamins and minerals, are a complete protein, and high in fiber.
    Post legitimate and factual studies proving anything you said other than phytates are bad (which is common knowledge and I don’t disagree).

  193. What about seeds?

  194. What about quinoa? Is that ok or does it have to go too? I just bought some 🙂

  195. Hi Wellness Mama,
    I have just recently started exploring your blog, and I must say, I LOVE it. This post, however, is a little bittersweet. I was wondering your opinion on gluten free diets. I am slowly trying to switch over to gluten free, but since it’s been a slow transition, I can’t tell what type of affect it’s having on my body.
    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • We follow a gluten free and mostly grain free diet and feel much better on it. I think the change is much more noticeable if made completely though… Maybe just give it 30 days and see how you feel?

  196. Do you have any references or studies where you got this information? I am trying to do a presentation on this topic for a biology class!

    Thanks for your help!

  197. Thank you for your website!! Your article “How to Lose Weight Fast” and this article prompted me to do lots of research and begin the grain-free journey for our family. We had already been eating/drinking fermented foods like kombucha (but your continuous brew method was new – thank you!), and trying to follow the WAPF’s traditional foods diet, though after 5 miscarriages in 16 months and my husband’s diverticulitis and autoimmune disorder attack after we had discovered ‘real food’ and switched to all whole wheat products, I became discouraged and we had gone back to the SAD. We were all feeling horrible physically and emotionally – my husband, self, and our 2 homeschooled boys ages 6 and 3 – until I found your blog. I had been looking for an answer and this was it. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks of grain-free living and the boys’ moods, behavior, and sleep have improved. My husband’s digestion is better already and he has lost 9 lbs. And I have lost 14 lbs, my PMS symptoms are GONE, my mood has been amazing, energy levels rising, and I’ve never felt better!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

  198. Hi! I wanted to share a big issue about the paleo diet in my family with you guys, since I’ve noticed you have such useful answers (thank you so much for all you’re doing for us by the way Katie!). I have been clean food raised – my dad lived on an organic farm until he met my mum, and they both have avoided any processed foods like malaria for just about ever. We eat a high amount of protein and vegetables, a lot of fermented foods, soaked or sprouted legumes & nuts and whole grains (wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, unrefined oats…) We’re into hormone balancing, we even take a lot of the same supplements as you do… But I simply can not convince them to switch to grain and dairy free! They are even making me doubt! They throw all these arguments at me that I can’t answer back to like “what about all the healthy tribes who have been living on a grain based diet for decades” “why would the Bible talk about bread and wheat so much, or the land of ‘milk and honey’ ” and so on. They don’t believe that we used to be monkeys, and then cave men, they believe in God’s creation (so do I by the way). They don’t see what they could get out of eating paleo because they already consider themselves healthy, fit, and have virtually no health issues! There is nothing I can attack them on, not even bad sleep, stress, skin or hair issues… So I decided to try and eat grain free by myself; breakfast, picnics and meals I make for myself are all paleo. I can cook a paleo dinner meal two or three times a week, but no more than that. And now I’m making the food budget go right up with coconut oil, almond powder, coconut milk, massive quantities of vegges and bacon (witch are all VERY expensive where I live) and they are not happy with that… They say that if cavemen had existed, how many of them would really have had access to coconuts anyway! If I could only convince them to change, we could cut costs on the expensive organic whole grains and legumes we buy… What arguments would you give them? Do you have low budget ideas I could apply just to my personal diet?
    Thank you so much for your time!

  199. Bread is really not THAT bad for you when there are foods like sulfur processed, riboflavin pumped, and bleached garbage that are eaten on a daily basis in the US. Bread has many more positive health benefits than negative as well. If this is an article targeted at healthy eaters then you should have written so from the beginning.

  200. If you are complaining about grains blocking calcium absorption then I hope you are also knocking back dairy considering the fact that dairy leaches calcium out of your bones contributing to osteoporosis. This is due to dairy making the blood acidic and to compensate, the calcium is drawn from our bones and put into the bloodstream. So while you are at it you all may as well ax dairy too. Oh yeah, it also has casein which is one of the most potent carcinogens ever identified and has been associated with a number of cancers including prostate cancer.

    Meat also causes many western diseases, in addition the human body is not designed to eat meat either. So I hope while everyone is going on about how we shouldn’t eat grains, you are all also taking a good look into the dangers of meat and dairy products too; which are far worse.

  201. “In the last 130 years of increased grain consumption, chronic disease rates have skyrocketed, fertility has fallen and the average weight of the population has steadily risen. The more consumption of grains rose, the more fertility rates fell. Research from the University of Missouri, the average sperm count of American males has dropped 50% since the 1930s. To add insult to impotence, testicle size tends to have an inverse relationship with grain consumption.”

    In the past 130 years, there have been a plethora of other changes in society that could have contributed to these changes, other than grain consumption. In the past 130 years, automobile use has also increased, and there is likely a correlation between increased automobile use and decreased fertility as well. Obviously automobile use probably has not contributed to decreased fertility, but the point is that CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION. Grains probably are unhealthy for us, and not a necessary part of a good diet, but there are too many confounding factors that make the previously quoted statements most likely bunk.

  202. You are right. There is no scientific evidence that backs up this claim about grains. The article “Dissecting the Myth: Why grains and gluten aren’t bad for you” makes some great points on the issue too. (I can’t post the link but if you google it you can find it).

  203. I watched a documentary yesterday evening about this. My husband and I have been saying this exact same thing for quite a while now. We watched this on Amazon Prime and it totally backs up everything you just said in your blog.

  204. I’m a bit confused – if rice is really that bad for you, then how are the Japanese so healthy? I know they eat a lot of fish, sea vegetables etc but rice still makes up the bulk of their diet…

    • There are a lot of reasons for this, but specifically: genetics, high consumption of seafood and minerals, more active lifestyle, low consumption of gluten, etc…

    • Like I said in my other post. I disagree that it is the grain that is bad for you, but rather the way we raise it in our fast-paced, high-technology society. I bet the Japanese are still raising it the way it used to be raised 200+ years ago (without pesticides, added hormones, processing, etc.)

  205. I’ve seen in several posts that it looks like you are gluten-free and dairy-free, but sometimes it seems like you do eat dairy (butter, raw milk). Are you dairy-free? Also, could you give me a specific place I could look to find out if grass-fed animals cause disease like the regular slaughterhouse meat? I haven’t been eating meat because I disagree with the slaughterhouse method and think the animals are mistreated, abused, and full of disease but I’m not sure if that is what causes the disease and bad health in humans or if it’s specifically meat itself. Does grass-fed meat still increase rates of disease? Also, is there any real reason for people to eat dairy? I tend to feel really bloated and in pain after eating dairy, and I’m not sure if that’s because it’s not raw milk dairy (it is growth hormone free) or because I was (am?) lactose intolerant. I’m a vegetarian I guess (well, I eat fish sometimes) but I really don’t eat a lot of grains…oatmeal sometimes and quinoa and rice and homemade bread sometimes, but most of the time I’m eating vegetables. I do eat crackers for snacks, sometimes. This whole not eating grains thing is something I’ve read before but I’d probably need to eat meat in order for this to really work very well, and I’d just want to know for sure that grass-fed meat has none of the risks that conventional slaughterhouse meat does. Also, if you are dairy-free, what reason did you decide to no longer eat raw milk? What would you suggest for a person who lives in a state where raw milk is illegal?

  206. I eat bread and grains the way I eat sugar and greasy foods. I like cereal, I love oatmeal and I have no intention of giving up bread. But I’ll take watermelon and salmon over a big mac any day.

  207. Great Article! Makes me think of continuing the grain free lifestyle My wife and I have recently cut dairy, grains, and simple carbs out. We are trying it as part of our complex 30 day squat and ab challenge. Which actually has morphed into a 60 day challenge. Our diet has been modified to be only Meat, Veg, and Fruits.

  208. This is a poorly written sentence:

    ” It makes much more sense to get your nutrients from foods like
    vegetables, fruits, proteins and healthy fats, which offer much higher
    nutrient profiles without the drawbacks.”

    Maybe the author meant to say “… foods like fruites, vegetables, and fish…” or “healthy carbs, healthy proteins, and healthy fats.”

    However, as it is written the above sentence does not make a lot of sense.

    • I disagree, I think the sentence made more sense the way it was written. Don’t change it. Maybe it would help you understand better if you verified which fats are healthy and which are not, but that would be off the topic of this article. I think it is great the way it is written!

  209. This is an exert from wikipedia when i looked up microvelli:

    The destruction of microvilli can actually be beneficial sometimes, as in the case of elimination of microvilli on white blood cells which can be used to combat auto immune diseases.[6]

    And your article is mentioning that gluten breaks down microvelli which you say causes autoimmune diseases.

    Who/what do I believe, and what to do about autoimmune diseases? Gluten free or not?

  210. Hi Katie

    Thanks for your article. I Suffer with fibromyalgia (to the point I can hardly walk), under active thyroid, food intolerances, high colesterol and got to a point of feeling that unwell I thought I was dieing.

    My doctor says just one of those immune things and I have to live with it. Anyway I have tried all sorts (spent a fortune) to try and find a cure for the fibromyalgia with no success. until I started reading about LECTINS and a leaky gut.

    For the past 4 weeks I have cut out all foods containing LECTINS and my pain has reduced to about 70%, feeling a lot better in myself and believe it or not lost 1 stone in weight without exercise (could not shift a pound before choose what I did).

    I also found what you said about the gall bladder very interesting….as I have had to have mine removed because of gall stones.

    Can you give me an idea how long it should take before my gut is healed so it will not let the undesirables through?

  211. I am not going to say I disagree with you, because I do agree with you on many points. I mention this only because you brought up the bible. If you look into the history of the bible you will find that it was only about 6000 years ago that Adam was put on this earth. If you believe the bible then you would believe that Adam was the first person on the earth, and therefore there weren’t any people on the earth 10,000 years ago to be eating something other than grains. There is obviously a clash between science and religion, so which one is right? I am religious and since the scriptures say that grains are for the belly, I am not going to freak out if I eat a little bit of grains.

    I personally don’t think it is the actual grain that is bad. I think it is the way grains have been treated for the past 100+ years. We use pesticides in our fields, our flour is processed different, and according to you they used to leave the wheat in the field longer before they harvested it. All of these can make a difference in the way eating grain affects our health. On top of that it is almost impossible to buy corn now-a-days (even seeds to grown in your own garden) that have not been treated with a sperm-reducing hormone (the name of it escapes me, sorry.) It seems the government is trying to reduce the population without us knowing, by slipping things into our food. I do not know if they are doing this to other grains besides corn, but it would be an easy way to control the population since everyone eats grains.

    I would also like to mention that it seems a little naive to say that all of the health problems of our day have been caused by grain, since so many other things have changed about our lifestyles and eating habits in the past 100+ years.

    Thanks for the info, I appreciate that you share your intellect!

  212. What about nuts?

    • Some nuts are seeds (almond), some are legumes (peanuts). Some, I think cashews, are fruits. All have varying levels of nutrition and some people react badly to one or another. YMMV.

  213. did any of you pro-grain people even read this article? some of you are talking about the “nutrients” in whole wheat. did you see the part about gluten, lectin, phytic acid, blood sugar spikes, etc.? Lots of plants have nutrients in them, doesn’t make them fit for human consumption. and for you degree dicks there are plenty of M.D.s on the web that can give you the same information with enough scientific references to fill your apparently empty heads. Dr. Micozzi and Dr. Mercola off the top of my head. Dr. Mercola has many articles from other researchers full of the same scientific evidence you find above. As for the “education” that tells you grains are the “staff of life” — hahahahaha. this from a corrupt academia supported by a corporate agribusiness monster that has billion$ at stake in getting you to eat wheat and corn. What do you expect from them, – oopsie, we were wrong! please go eat something else from now on. right. and drug companies never lie and Monsanto only wants to end world hunger and save all the children. btw, there is also science outside of the U.S. where the agribusiness/pharmaceutical complex doesn’t control all the info. you might want to broaden your horizons a little.

    you also might try a little personal experience. I did. I have always limited sugar and carbs in my diet but a few years ago I quit grains and potatoes altogehter. My chronically high cholesterol went from 289 to 216 in less than a year. Oh, and for those of you who believe what they teach in schools, I ate red meat, eggs and cheese daily during that time, and I salt my food liberally. my blood pressure averages 127/60, pulse in the 50s. my innards have never worked better.

    keep up the good work, Mama.

  214. I have enjoyed your blog on many things, and while I respect your opinion, I find that your statement about grains ‘slowly killing you’ is unfair – at best. You fail to mention alternative grains like amaranth and quinoa; powerhouses of nutrition that have been relied upon for millenia.
    While I understand that eating or abstaining from grain is a personal decision based on many factors, to say its literally killing you the way you describe would go against the entire history of man ever surviving.
    I’m glad that you and your family enjoy abstaining and that it has been good for your health. For me and mine, it is the opposite.

    • Quinoa is a seed, not a grain.

  215. I recently stopped eating grains and have dropped 7lbs in two weeks. I have one question though about cutting out beans, do you have a post similar to this one, on why cutting beans out of your diet is important. I don’t eat a lot of beans, but I do like beans and I loove hummus. So just curious about them. And if they are sprouted is there any difference.

  216. Katie,
    This is an excellent post on this topic! I can personally attest to the fact that entirely eliminating grain from the diet is very powerful. I lost 30 pounds in about 6 months when I did this. I also found that I had significantly more energy and thinking clearly became much easier. If you are skeptical of the facts in this post, I can assure you that Katie is spot on with this!

  217. I see no difference with the Paleo ideas than the Vegan ideas. Both work for some people. For me grains just don’t work, I feel tired and can not loose weight. Remove grains and magically I am – weird but true and not scientific fact. Thanks for sharing though.

  218. Wow, it’s a battlefield out here with all the comments!

    Anyways I just wanted to say thank you for the article.

    I thought it was very well-written and informative.

  219. If one were to eliminate grains and replace them with starchy veggies and fruits, would the over-all glycemic index of his diet necessarily be reduced more than if he ate moderate portions of whole grains? Can you produce the numbers to prove it? According to the list I found a ripe banana has a higher index than bulgar wheat. butternut squash is “worse” than Quinoa, and spaghetti outranks peas and parsnips. While GI is definitely a reason to avoid refined grains and sugar, I don’t see that particular argument extending very well to moderate servings of whole grains.
    Also, As much as I like my meat, it does not seem fair to compare it to grains or veggies by weight. Half a pound of meat is a meal. half a pound of broccoli is a small snack. Comparison by calorie makes more sense.
    Unrelatedly… Do you eat Yukon Gold potatoes? or do those fall into the category with white potatoes?

    • I sugggest that you read Dr Steven Gundry’s book “Diet Evolution” to get an understanding of why “healthy grains is an oxymoron”.

      • I didn’t say grains were “healthy.” I offered a very specific critique of two of Wellnessmama’s arguments. If Dr. Gundry’s book offers responses to my *specific* critiques, could you please summarize them for me?

        • Dr Gundry does not advocate eating cooked starchy (root) veggies and fruits due to the high sugar content. But his reason for being grain free is not to do with GI content. It is more complicated than that – it’s the way our body processes grains and how it affects our genes. I have lent my book out, so cannot summarize for you. My husband and I have been following Diet Evolution for 12 months – my husband is 20 kgs lighter and I have dropped a dress size – and we both have more energy.

  220. Early last year a doctor recommended that we buy Dr Steven Gundry’s book “Diet Evolution”. Then in July my husband underwent major heart surgery – which motivated him to read “Diet Evolution”. He then went into action, with me supporting him. We do not eat grains, no added sugars and no cooked root vegetables. He has released 20 kgs in weight, and I have dropped a dress size. Now one year on, we do not miss eating grains at all. We have more energy and better health.

  221. A quick google search provided several sources for organic sprouted grain and legume flour…imagine that. Healthy, nutritious, digestible flour just the way it was intended – at our fingertips. Eat healthy and enjoy good health!

  222. Hi Katie, I love this article and would love to share this knowledge (which I believe in as well). Do you have a reference for most of this information? Not because I don’t believe you, but because many people require references. Cheers 🙂

  223. Since sprouted grains reduce
    the harmful effects of whole grain, is it beneficial to eat only sprouted grain?

  224. Hi Katie (Wellness Mama),
    I love your blog & am highly interested in this subject of grains. I completely understand why it’s a good idea to avoid modern grains, but is there any alternative way to eat it to where it could be beneficial? I’m specifically speaking of soaking & sprouting of grains. Also, is there any grain out there you could even slightly recommend (like einkorn wheat…isn’t that an original form of grain?)??? What if you buy your own grains (organic, clean) & grind them yourself to make breads & what not? Any tips/advice on this would be greatly appreciated!

    • Definitely if you are going to eat them, buying a non-modified form like einkorn, and then soaking, sprouting, grinding and fermenting is the way to go..

      • I’m so exited about this! Now I have find out about fermenting einkorn. I’ve never fermented anything, but have been wanting to try my hand at it. Thanks, again, Katie!

        • *excited

          Also, I’m pretty sure I know the answer, but just to make sure, what are your thoughts on Ezekiel bread? That’s our staple bread 🙂

  225. Can I still eat quinoa since it is technically a vegetable, or is it a grain? I keep hearing both…

  226. Why is everyone so extreme? Am I the only person who has read and researched food and come to the conclusion, that some people don’t do as well with meat and some people don’t do as well with grains and we are all different? I don’t think there is anything wrong with not eating grains if they don’t make you feel good and I don’t think there is anything wrong with not eating meat if they don’t make you feel good. I also don’t think there is anything wrong with eating meat and grains in moderation. What I DO think is unhealthy is eating either of those foods in excess, especially meat. You cannot deny that Americans eat way more meat than most other cultures and more than our ancestors. Just think about it, before grocery stores it was pretty hard to just go to the store and buy some meat so you can eat chicken twice a day and red meat several times a week. You had to hunt it, or raise it, which expends a lot of energy, therefore, you ate it less. Most non-vegetarian cultures are lucky if they have meat once a week and when they do have it they have small portions (usually shared with the whole family). What they do have in plentiful are fruits, vegetables and like it or not, grains.

  227. I’m skeptical of this article.

  228. No, I’d rather EAT the DONUT! But, I have hashimoto’s thyroiditis and my doctor said I really should stop eating grains, especially wheat, oh, and sugar. What I heard him say is stop eating. I am half-heartedly trying to stop eating wheat. I “stumbled” on your page here, and it’s a good reminder, and I am for sure going to borrow recipes, meal plans, whatever you’ve got. Thank you!!

  229. People who don’t have health problems, [or don’t know if they are developing them like I was, can go ahead and ignore your advice]. BUT BEWARE!!! Let me tell you my story… I suffered chronic pain for 25 years, while developing Rheumatoid Arthritis 12 years ago. For the past 6 years, I’d unknowingly also began suffering neurological damage from Gluten-Ataxia, which had paralyzed me for hours at a time. I was unable to walk or talk; that sent me to the emergency room, believing I was having strokes. None of the doctors knew at that time or suspected Gluten, [except one]. So I was scoped for Celiac disease, it came back negative, Except since then, it’s been determined that I’m Gluten Intolerant – Non-Celiac due to the chronic neurological damage that I’ve continue to suffer. Now I adhere to strictly to a diet of “Abstinence of WHEAT, barley and rye grains”. In addition to what your article lists… that’s no casseroles, no canned soups, no cream soups, no gravy, many spice mixes contain wheat. Soy sauces contains wheat, as do many BBQ sauces, plus steak sauces and marinades. This knocks out most ungluten-friendly restaurant menus! Plus I also have sensitivities to other flours. So I can’t even eat most gluten-free PRODUCTS either. What HAVE I GAINED having omitted an entire food group? About 1/3 my adult life back. At 55 years old, I feel better than I have for the past 25 years! Plus I’ve gone from a size 14 down to a size 4. ****** What can I eat ****** Meat, fruits and vegetables, [certain] seeds and [certain] nuts. Dr. Oz would be proud me!

    • Sharon Anne, good for you. I know it’s helped my rheumatoid arthritis.

  230. Do you hold this same attitude toward Quinoa? Not that we eat it in nearly the quantities we eat wheat and other grains, but I try to incorporate it because of its “health benefits” and the claim that it is one of the most complete proteins you can find.


    • It definitely is not the worst option…

  231. I try to make healthy lunches for my very picky five-year-old. Do you have suggestions for items to pack in his lunch instead of a sandwich?

  232. Wellness Mama,
    Do you consider quinoa to be a grain that must be cut out to experience the benefits of a grain-free diet?


    • It is technically a seed and some people do fine with it…

  233. Hey wellness mama! I have been glued to your website and cannot stop reading. I’ve always strived to live the healthy lifestyle and love finding new information on how to make your body better and how to treat it right. So this article on “How grains are killing you slowly” has me wondering, which i’m ready to cut off the grains, but i just had to ask some questions about it. Giving the fact you mentioned oats, that means no more oatmeal, which i always thought was good for you. Even if your oatmeal is organic, im guessing that doesnt make a difference? and bread has to be cut out? are there certain food products that are still good for eating?

  234. If we stop eating grains we would be healthy, wealthy and more intelligent.

  235. as far as the healthy fats go, i eat a ton of coconut oil, tasty stuff, but my husband is allergic and hates avocado. are there some other alternatives besides anything soy base?

    he can’t get full without some kind of grains, and will eat pasta on a daily basis. i am trying to at least cut the amount, still trying to rid my body all together. is there an alternative to pasta that we can do for spaghitti, and mac and cheese?

    • I found a black bean spaghetti at Costco. I’m hoping it’s okay, because I love it.

  236. I’ve been seeing these arguments for a while, and I don’t understand how people can jump on this bandwagon. The claim that a loss in strength over the past 130 years is from grains is a false cause fallacy. What about the introduction of machinery or technology? These things would reduce the need for physical labor, thus resulting in lost strength. And what about the current health crisis? I agree that highly processed grains are useless, but it’s not just grains, it’s everything; fast food, soda, candy… The modern American diet is horrendous, that’s what is causing such a vast array of health problems… Not the consumption of grains in and of itself. Sorry, but you can’t simplify a complex problem or situation like this.

  237. After reading your blog above I also read an article by Weston A Price called Living with Phytic Acid. If phytates are the problem why do you allow coconut flour and almonds on the diet. They seem to be higher in phytates than a lot of the grains you say to cut out. Just curious. Thanks

  238. Then what kind of carbohydrates (Not vegetables) Are allowed exactly?

  239. sorry you are way off.. I started to read this and got a few minutes into it when I read that hundreds of thousands of years ago… And I read that the Bible says grains are good butttt….. the so very smart scientist say… and then I realize this is a blinded article. You should read the book of Ezekiel where grains played a big part in the observed health ..wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet. spelt all play a great part in health and longevity. Evolutionary teaching is the problem here… I will take the Biblical teachings of GOD over any worldly wise man… I don’t believe everything the the so called expert scientist say simply because they change with the wind. I do however believe everything the Bible says and it never changes.. Sorry but I can’t see past this enough to continue on listening to any advise on this page.. Good luck and hey…. Read the Bible 🙂

    • And what about Daniel and his friends? 🙂

      In many cultures (for example, in the Mediterranean), some claims sound downright absurd, no personal offence meant. Telling some people they shouldn’t eat bread (or that eating bread is unhealthy, for the matter), sounds pretty much like saying they shouldn’t eat at all, and reading some things I often think like Obelix—“these Romans are crazy”. If people in the USA drench their crops in killer-juice after having modified their life-instructions, well of course their grub is going to hurt them. The problem is not with eating bread or beans or olive oil or even with drinking wine, but with seeking independence from the way God meant things to be.

      So thank you, Katie, for making us all think a little more about what we put inside ourselves (and truly, I have learnt tonnes from your blog, please please keep it up), but it is undeniable (and perhaps inevitable) that some of the stuff we read here is somewhat culturally biased.

  240. the title is scary and not true. Any athlete can tell you that carbohydrates give muscles much more energy for intense exercise and performance

  241. If their diet was so healthy 10,000 years ago, why was the life expectancy only 25 to 30 years? Just wondering

  242. I do not trust the medical establishment entirely but I cannot believe that people come to a blog wanting a diagnosis. Unbelievable.

  243. Thank you so much! I suspected gluten free was not addressing the issue, humans should not be eating grain of any kind.
    Additionally, I have had Celiac stomach pain for years and only just got diagnosed recently at 37 which explains a lot, I have an auto immune disease – gout, diagnosed when I was only 28 although I had joint pain since I was a teen.
    I have changed my diet and I have changed my world view. We are being strategically exterminted without knowing it. Thank you so so much! Thanks to the information!

  244. Thank you so much for this post. I believe gluten has some impact in our body that we must be aware of. This goes with the kind of food we eat. This is to ensure that we are far from any other diseases. Gluten affects our brain and everyone should be aware of it.

  245. You quote a lot of studies, but reference none of them. I find the claims you make to be highly troubling, i could google a link between gummy bear consumption and heart disease if i dug deep enough.

    You also try to link the historical decline in human physical strength to grain consumption, shame on you. So many other lifestyle changes such as domestication and the move towards a sedentary lifestyle (rather than nomadic or hunting/gathering) are contributing factors.

    You should be embarrassed, making such broad linkages without substantiated evidence.

  246. your research on grains is totally accurate, however, a distinction needs to be made between cooked grains and grains eaten raw. i am truly amazed how little knowledge there exists in health communities about the use of grain mills! many years ago on a trip to Europe i discovered the pioneering work of Dr. Schnitzer and immediately bought a grain mill and began eating freshly milled grains soaked in water every day. any grain can be milled, be it quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, mlllet, brown rice or a plethora of other choices. raw grains are truly a superfood! i felt the benefits instantly. what i noticed for myself was an instant calming of nerves, a wonderful sensation of feeling full that lasts for many many hours, incredible energy, flawless digestion, and a feeling of super nourishment from a meal that takes no time at all to prepare. serve it with fruits and a huge green salad, and you are set for the day. the ancients had it right indeed!
    contrast that with eating cooked grains: bloating, accelerated heartbeat, constipation, restlessness, anxiety.

    just because only a small minority of people are educated about how to eat grains properly, does not warrant disinformation and dismissal. you are only depriving yourself of one of the greatest superfoods available. the health benefits are enormous.

    it is also great for animals by the way, by adding a couple of spoonfuls of soaked raw milled grains to their food, they will love you for it.
    yes to super health and yes to raw freshly milled soaked grains!

  247. I gave up the other grains, but jasmine rice stays in my diet. Love eating that rolled in seaweed paper that I make not buy

  248. I find it funny that you can go on about how humans weren’t designed to eat grains, yet allow “meat” as a staple to your diet. More than not eating grains the human anatomy was definitely not designed to consume animal products.

  249. The guy who wrote Wheatbelly only half-cites his claims. If you go in and look at the actual citations you will see that they do not, in fact, support any of his arguments.

  250. I’m wondering, couldn’t you just sprout all your grains in order to eliminate the negative effects you discussed in your article and therefore still consume them in a healthy manner?

    I looked at your sample meal plans, and they are good in that they do for the most part adhere to the basic rules of proper food combining (protein to be consumed with veg and not with carbs). But 2 eggs every morning? This along with all the other meats, won’t that be consuming too much animal protein, and too much animal protein also leads to inflammation in the body etc. etc.

  251. Do WebMD, MayoClinic, CDC, University of California, National Institute for Health, Harvard School of Public Health make any $$ if everyone’s healthy? THINK ABOUT IT.

  252. Secondly, I bet all those linked believe chemicals and radiation treat cancer. Go research about how cancer is CAUSED by chemicals and radiation. All is not as you think.

    People are sicker than ever now – with all this information from all these credible sources, why aren’t people healthy??

  253. So what kind of diet do you promote? Paleo? Sounds to me like you’re a meat and veggies type. I respect this insight and thank you for the perspective you offer. I would like to include that it would be nice to have some anthropological journal source to validate the claim that our brain function ceased and began declining at the dawn of the agricultural revolution, that is the period homo sapiens transitioned from hunter-gatherer to settling down and farming. Though I do not doubt the cleverness of our early ancestors I find it hard to believe they could compete cognitively with Socrates, Plato, or Albert Einstein, is there any valid article to confirm that we actually got dumber? Furthermore, I do agree that the mainstream Western consumption of grains is in fact flawed, but that is not to say the same for traditional societies who have perfected the preparatory steps before consuming grains (hence: sprouting/germinating). I speak from my current level of ignorance when I suggest that the sprouting of legumes significantly enhances the nutritional value of the food whilst simultaneously reducing significantly the quantity of the “anti-nutrients” you speak of such as the phytic acid. (BTW, theres oxalic acid in most cruciferous veggies which basically acts in a remarkably similar way to phytic acid). There are plentiful amounts of resources to validate that statement. After all, in my current knowledge I realize that low carb equates to ketosis, which while being fine and dandy for short burst periods of time, does not in fact bode well for health if remained active for prolonged periods of time. Ketones rank #2 in fuel preference of the brain, hence why the brain uses glucose first and then goes to ketones if the ideal option is not available. Of course the glucose needs to be of quality and I certainly would not see obtaining this nutrient from refined flours/grains as being ideal and I am sure most doctors would concur the same. Furthermore, a point you mentioned that I enjoyed exponentially was the inclusion of the fact that we eat too many carbs. The presence of insulin is inflammatory and continual surges of this hormone multiple times per day is sure to cause trouble, however the key is “too much” which does not inquire cutting out completely. It is confirmed that various carb sources break down at various rates, the slower the break down the lesser the extent of insulin surges. When observing dietary behavior I feel the extremities of “trends” is taxing logical presumption of whats truly healthy and that is a balanced equilibrium among all the macro nutrients. For carbs, the medical journals time and time again support the health providing properties, but I would include that sourcing is everything, the best source through my observations would have to be sprouted lentils. Out of total carb content about half of them are in the form of fiber both soluble and insoluble. The other half (about 15g per 1/4 cup serving) are bio-available but at this quantity it is very easy to regulate intake, 1/2 cup of sprouted lentils (30g of active carb) makes for a fine meal and is plentiful to fill the stomach especially when accompanied by a large bowl of greens. I know you are most likely busy but I would enjoy swapping ideas with you, after all you and I are after the same goal and that is ultimately good health.

  254. Hi Wellness Mama,

    What is your take on properly prepared grains such as sprouted/soaked/sourdough? I love the idea of eating Paleo, but for budget purposes, grains are really hard to compete with. For me, I feel like if I’m eating whole foods that are properly prepared, it’s better than the typical SAD. How do you feel about this? I would really appreciate any feedback you can offer.


  255. Katie, what about how in Ayurveda they say to soak all grains and nuts first – to remove the Phytanic acid?

  256. Muesli isn’t muesli without the oats right?
    Does that mean muesli is also unhealthy? 🙁

  257. Dear Katie, what about those of us who are too thin? I eat a grain rich diet along with lots of veggies, nuts and meat but I look emaciated. I have good vital statistics and blood levels of everything but my energy fluctuates and I am not as strong as I’d like to be (I’m 61 yrs. old). I have read that soaking and fermenting grains helps eliminate a lot of the phytic acid in those foods and helps with digestion. Isn’t this the answer rather than giving them up??? I want to eat more foods, not fewer. Please answer. In the meantime I will look at your menu suggestions.

  258. After reading this, I decided to do some of my own research. And it became very clear very quickly that most of the websites bashing grains were personal blogs and group web pages run by people with little to no scientific background or training. This doesn’t immediately mean it’s wrong, of course, but most of what you and other sites are saying is from snippets of research and taken out of context. Frankly, I think the evidence is lacking.

    What surprises me most, actually, is that you are still a meat-eater. Most of my studies emphasize the negative consequences of eating meat and the high correlation with meat to higher risks of heart disease and cancer. Have you ever considered cutting back on your meat consumption or removing it from your diet completely?

  259. I have been grain free for 6 weeks, I have lost 12 pounds and I don’t experience the 3 o’clock crash that I always experienced when I had pizza or a sub sandwich instead of the salad I usually had (and still have). I use seed and nut flours and eat seeds and nuts. Is this not advised? I will check out the menus you have posted and hope I don’t have to give up these “treats” too. I get my cholesterol checked this week…I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my LDL is lower. I have been fighting my doctor for five years by refusing to take statins. I will NOT take them….

    Thank you for a very informative article! I am going to link my friends to this page. They all think their high fiber foods are great for them! Off to check out the menus…

  260. Hi Katie, why don’t you recommend sprouting grains, soaking seeds/nuts or making sourdough breads? they are nutritious foods when prepared correctly. why totally avoid them? thanks for your great articles !

  261. Hi Wellness Mom. Love your article. What you say is what my doctor has been saying about grains and high carbs. I’ve just started on a low carb, grainless diet and I can already feel a difference contrary to people saying there is no evidence. When your BP goes back to normal and your cholesterol decreases, I would say that was evidence. My question to you is, are the problems with wheat the same in Europe? I’ve heard people say from the US) that when they travel abroad they can eat wheat in Europe and not have the same effects, due to the way they process their grains. I had a co-worker who moved from France to live here. She started out a healthy size, didn’t eat any different, loves to cook, and seemed to become obese rather quickly which led me to conclusion that the Food Industry here is responsible for all the preservatives and additives and hormones they put into our foods. My doctor even said that when she goes abroad, the food there is waaaaay different.

    • The same thing happened to me, but opposite. I moved to Europe six years ago, and I was a bit chubby. I didn’t do anything different: just kept on eating as I normally did (well, maybe I drank a bit more than usual), but lost a considerable amount of weight just in the first few months.
      Friends that have come to visit me from the US started nicknaming their visits as “Euro-diet” or “Euro-detox”. They may only spend a few weeks here at a time, but they lose a whole lot of weight while they’re here.
      I can only assume that yes, the food is processed differently!

  262. Hi,

    Thanks for this, some great insight!

    Does Quinoa come into the same category as other grains?

  263. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis which is an inflammatory disease, and was advised by my doctor to give up grains. it’s only been a couple of weeks and the amount of energy and pain relief I have is incredible!

    My skin is even clearing up and I’m able to lift weights again without that rusty achy feeling.

    This is a game changer.

  264. Hi ! My family decided to take this challenge at the end of this summer, so it’s been about 3 months. We’ve still been having a little bit of grains, like bread with a meal when we have guests (I live in France, and people most often eat grain-free meals, but with bread on the side); and when I eat out I have carbs, because it’s the only cheap thing you can find. So that’s about 2 meals a week with grains. Is that the reason I haven’t seen that much of a difference? I feel like I have a little more energy, and I feel better about eating, but that might just be psychological. It could also be that we haven’t managed to find a reasonably priced source of organc meat or vegetables (we buy what we don’t get out of our garden), so we still eat potatoes and legumes. So my main question is: does it ruin the whole thing if you still eat a little bit of grains? Is it bad to eat fat when you aren’t cutting all grains?

  265. I am ready to take the challenge to cut out all wheat products…. However, I am not a heavy drinker but do enjoy a drink now and again… Are there any drinks that do not have wheat in them? I know beer and gin do, which is usually what I drink. Can I drink wine?

  266. You know, these articles make so much sense and they look so familiar. What I would like to see is the scientific proof and your references to all the assumptions you’ve made. All due respect Katie – you’re a housewife overall, not a scientist. I just hate to see people go on a path because of what they read here, without any explicit scientific proof to back any of your comments.
    just my 2-cents

  267. I feel a need to comment on this blog. I have been studying and using natural levening now for a few weeks. My reccomendation is that you look into it. Everything you said here is ABSOLUTELY TRUE. However natural leavening will eliminate the problems that you have stated and actually allow your body to use the wheat as a superfood. Please look into it. People with ciliacs, stomach problems et al. can now enjoy breads, waffles, pancakes etc. without the discomfort and alergic reaction. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

  268. Who Believes Grains Are Bad For You?

    On one hand, there are well-respected and knowledgeable PhDs, medical doctors and dietitians who believe that grain consumption is detrimental to health. In researching the anti-grain argument on the web, however, it became very clear that many of the websites bashing grains were personal blogs and group web pages run by people with little to no scientific background or training. This doesn’t discredit them automatically, but brings up an interesting point. I found that scientific support of their conclusions was either lacking, or taken from bits and pieces of different research papers (mostly out of context) and combining it with theory.

    Who Believes Grains Are Healthy?

    This group of people was made up mostly of physicians, epidemiologists (people who study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations) and researchers. Cites and sources espousing the benefits of grains include the Mayo Clinic, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Their stance is backed by large volumes of peer-reviewed literature, including huge review studies examining thousands and thousands of people. Could all of these establishments be misguided or part of a larger conspiracy as the anti-grainers would have you believe?

    It is not out of the realm of possibility, and certainly it is possible that the research doesn’t tell the whole story. Take fat, for example. Until relatively recently, the traditional medical establishment viewed dietary fat as the cause a host of diseases and encouraged people to essentially avoid it at all costs. This turned out to be inaccurate, so it is important to look at the bigger picture and take all research with a grain of salt.

  269. hahaha, un natural. Because you were came equipped at birth with a mill to grind grains, naturally. Or, because grains like oats, wheat and others grow ready to eat, naturally right? I’d hate to see you in a time of famine with no modern or even early age agricultural equipment, you’d definitely wouldn’t be eating NATURAL grains.

    Most grains have to be milled and processed before they are ready to be made into foods, that is not natural. Vegetables and fruit are really the only natural, ready to eat foods.

    If you cant eat something in it’s original form then how is it natural to eat it if you have to mill, process or cook it?

  270. excuse me but this whole thing kinda disturbs me. I read not that long ago that calcium intakes has little to do with osteoporosis, and that it was the lack of vitamin D that causes it. As puzzled as I was It made sense after I finished reading a couple of articles. I just wanted to point that since you mentionned that phytic acids unable the body to absorb calcium and it was linked to osteoporosis.

  271. Mans life was shortened after meat was given.

  272. Grains are very healthy to So true!! Great article, I’ve done a lot of reading on the subject and you hit the nail right on the head.

  273. I’m interested in making some changes in my diet and considering at least reducing grains as a start. Could anyone give advice (and say why) on which grains should be cut out first and which I could still eat as I’m adjusting to the reduction. I’ve read that buckwheat is gluten free and not actually a grain… is it something you still eat? Would you tell me why or why not? Thank you!

  274. wellness mama, i’m confused why you don’t eat/advocate for sprouted and fermented grains, soy and other beans, as Nourishing Traditions does. when you say that most grains are not sprouted today, you’re skipping over a whole line of sprouted grain products available in health stores- and home-based sprouting. please respond! i’m eager to know more about your decision to be grain-free.

    • I definitely think sprouted grains are the best option if someone is going to eat grains, but I feel better when I don’t.