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Busting the (Whole) Grain Myth – UC Davis Integrative Medicine

With the back and forth of grains, no grains, things can get a bit confusing. Many people are sensitive to grains, and should remove them from the diet. But, does that mean that everyone should stay away from grains?

Personally, I do avoid grains, because of a food sensitivity. I did an elimination diet about one year ago, to discover which foods aggravate my sinus migraines. Unfortunately, grains are on that list. But, I believe most people can safely eat grains, as long as they are prepared properly. Our ancestors who ate grain, typically soaked and fermented them, prior to eating. This helps the body digest them more easily.

Overall, what is the consensus on grains? Should you be eating grains? Are grains bad? Can humans digest grains? All this and more can be found in this interesting article from UC Davis – Integrative medicine. Here, they dispel some of the myths surrounding grains.

Have a look:


Exploring the nutritional controversies surrounding whole grain: does it make you fat, should you include it in your diet, and more.

Source: Busting the (Whole) Grain Myth – UC Davis Integrative Medicine

About Tamara Hoerner (1161 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

6 Comments on Busting the (Whole) Grain Myth – UC Davis Integrative Medicine

  1. Thanks for the info. I found out a few years ago I was sensitive to gluten. The test was simple and results amazing. In my case, I eliminated gluten (BBQ sauces, gravies etc.) and my eye puffiness was reduced. I had not realized the “tired” look was due to swollen sinuses due to gluten, along with small arm rashes, and slightly puffy tummy. When I stopped eating gluten, I looked refreshed in the eyes, pants weren’t slightly snug and a few pounds disappeared with ease. Now if I have it, not only does it all return, but I sneeze and itch a lot too. I then have think back, did I eat something coated in flour that I had to add to my “avoid” list.

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