You have to go with USDA certified organic grain in order to get most of the health benefits . . . for example, selenium which is scientifically proven to have a positive impact against cancer, and is touted to be found in grain, IS NOT in conventional grain - it's so reduced in conventional grain as to be insignificant.
Grains WERE the perfect food . . . before manufacturing plants made processed foods out of them, and before man messed with them genetically and otherwise.
Don't eat processed foods, because regardless of whether or not they're made with whole wheat or whole grains they are nutritional trash. And don't eat conventional grains.
To get reasonable prices on organic grains without growing your own, order in bulk from Azure Standard, www.azurrestandard.com. Learn to cook from scratch instead of eating processed foods (this is a process), learn to grind your own flour from whole grains (this is super easy, just google it there are a million bloggers who will show you how), and bake your own bread from scratch (again this is fast and easy once you get the hang of it and there are a million bloggers who will love to show you how, they already right at this moment have instructions and even videos on their blogs for you to teach you how) - THEN and only then is it healthy bread, healthy oatmeal, healthy whole grains, etc. It's easier and faster than you think. Just another lifestyle change to navigate, and one that is well worth it. You will never go back to eating nutritional trash again.
Remember the divided plate, and to reduce carbs. No I did NOT say low carb. By and large we eat way too much carbs, and can reduce them significantly by half or more, and still be eating more than the recommended amount of carbs. Too much homemade from scratch with organic grains bread, is STILL bad. Follow the divided plate, and increase your consumption of non-starchy veggies and low-sugar fruit. Everything in moderation . . . even organic whole grains.
5/26/2012 8:07:45 AM
Thanks for sharing comments--great insight from some and some great ideas.
They need all those antioxidants to make up for the facts that:
(1) the insoluble fiber causes too much cell turnover in your colon and what's one of the KNOWN risk factors for cancer? Increased cell turnover; and
(2) That colon irritation on top of the gluten in the grain is why so many people are miserable with gluten intolerance, celiac disease in particular being *another* risk factor for colon cancer; and
(3) All that starch that turns so quickly to sugar in the body is the perfect feeder for cancer cells, and the insulin surge you get along with it encourages tumor growth.
Or you could, you know, stop stressing out your body so much and then you wouldn't need the extra antioxidants. By the way, eating fruits and vegetables (which are *also* carb foods) gives you more nutrition for the same gram weight, AND fiber as well. Plus berries, melons, cruciferous and leafy veggies tend to be much lower in starch and sugar.
TRAVELSUMMER makes an interesting point regarding mycotoxins dangers and carcinogenic properties. Also, I've been thnking about human consumption of grain from an Anthropoligcal perspective. Human consumption of grain has only been in practice for 10-12,000 years. Before then we ate fruit/vegetabels, meat, and nuts. To be honest, considering the mycotoxin concern and mass instance of celiac disease (gluten intolerance), why shoudln't we all consider a grain free diet? After all, unless your medical doctor provides you with a personal analysis of the bacteria present in your digesitve track, how do you know your body is actually designed to digest grains and take advantage of those "bound-antioxidants"?
12/18/2009 9:48:35 AM
From what I read in German news media, about 2/3 of the world's grains are contaminated with mycotoxins (mold) at a high level. They just decided to lower acceptable levels in the EU, the US levels are still high, but they can't enforce it anyway. Fresh fruit and vegetables are so much better than grains, I'd be very cautious about eating a lot of grains. And yes, mycotoxins are just as dangerous as pesticides, and they do cause cancer (DNA damage), so what are they thinking at this cancer society??
I try to eat all these grains. I love whole wheat bread, oat meal, brown rice, barley, I grew up with all this. Then also how can I post what I make in my own kitchen so that I can post the correct amount I eat. I don't go out to eat in all those restaurants mentioned in my nutrition tracker . what can I do?
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