A recent article in the Huffington Post seems to agree with us:
“There are very justifiable reasons to adopt a gluten-free diet: Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes some people intolerant of gluten and affects about 1 percent of the population, can be an immensely painful illnesses. Celiac can also lead to a host of other health problems, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation, including diabetes, anemia, infertility and miscarriage, migraines, intestinal cancers, and neurological conditions like epilepsy. Another condition, non-celiac gluten sensitivity can also cause painful and disruptive symptoms.”
But they also suggest that people like food expert and author Michael Pollan, who support for plant-based eating argue “Gluten is bad for some people, but I think a much smaller number than we think,” he said. “There are people that have a genuine gluten intolerance, and then I think [there are] a lot of people who think they do.” (Read more of the complete article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/04/05/michael-pollan-cooked-gluten-fermented-sourdough_n_9626200.html )
But our argument is what it has always been…is eating grains as the primary source of calories in your diet GOOD for you? Has the suggestion of the food pyramid based on grains helped us become healthier as a society? There is absolutely no statistical information that supports that at all. In fact, this is the first time in history that a baby born today life expectancy less than that of his or her parents.
Grains are fine if in the case of famine. It will sustain you so you don’t die. But most of us are not in a short-term survival situation and should be eating for long-term health and not short-term survival.
So…even if grains did not cause all the problems that many of us see and experience when we eat them, it is like putting water in your gas tank; It may still run for a while, but it is NOT a good choice and you will have to fix the issues that you caused eventually.
Wouldn’t it be better to fill up and fuel your body with healthy things that are MEANT to nourish us, heal us and make our whole systems run better? We think so too.
Sorry, Michael Pollan. We will forgo the gluten and grab some fruits and vegetable instead. 🙂
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