On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the truth about whole grains, including 4 reasons why you should limit grains.
So you want the truth about whole grains?
You can’t handle the truth!
Or maybe you can.
Trust me, you’re either going to love this topic or hate it.
Let’s find out.
I filmed this back in 2013, and looking back at it now, I kind of cringe.
I say this because back then, I was very absolute in my statement that you should avoid grains, except during your cheat meals.
Although, I still stand behind the idea of limiting grains, since Living Lean is a lifestyle, I just want you to find balance.
So if I could re-film this, I would simply replace the word “avoid”, with “limit”.
First, let me state the obvious.
We all know processed grains are not healthy for you.
Processed grains are essentially empty calories, containing little to no fiber, or any other nutritional value.
Although whole grains are better than processed grains, it’s not by very much.
Unfortunately this is what many people don’t get, but it’s not your fault.
It’s the food marketers, and their best friends, the government, who are at fault.
These “trusted” authorities are literally feeding you crap via food and misinformation.
Even if the label on the package says it’s fortified with vitamins and minerals, here’s a reality check.
Those fortified nutrients are synthetic, meaning very little, if any, are actually being absorbed by your body.
In other words, it could just be a complete waste.
In addition to adding extra calories with no health benefits, these processed grains are also high on the glycemic index.
Foods high on the glycemic index can raise your blood sugar very quickly.
When your blood sugar rises quickly, it begins the fat storing process, as well as a whole bunch of other issues.
So should you just replace processed grains with whole grains?
With all of these unhealthy outcomes, of course the solution is to simply swap out processed grains for whole grains, right?
Well according to your always trustworthy government, the answer would be yes.
But according to anyone Living Lean, the answer is a big hell no!
It’s time for me to clarify the 4 reasons why you should limit whole grains.
Unlike vegetables and fruit, you can’t just go out and pick a stalk of wheat, and eat it.
Whole grains are first processed and grounded into flour before they are eaten.
So by definition, whole grains are not really “whole” at all.
How many of you think whole grain bread is a good source of fiber?
I’m glad I’m hearing crickets.
The truth is whole grain bread contains very little fiber.
Some brands of whole grain bread and pasta only contains 1-2 grams of fiber.
This is close to the same amount of fiber as white bread or pasta.
Now let’s compare that to the 8 grams of fiber in a cup of raspberries, or 5 grams of fiber in a cup of broccoli.
Vegetables and fruit are the real high fiber foods.
Whole grains do not help balance your blood sugar.
Most people think whole grains do not negatively effect your blood sugar levels much because they’re high in fiber.
But as I just mentioned, this is not true since whole grains are not that high in fiber.
So based on this, whole grains really can affect your blood sugar.
In fact, wheat can influence your blood sugar the same way as table sugar.
When you look at the glycemic index, whole grain pasta is only a few points lower than white pasta.
So don’t think you are doing your belt size any favors by swapping out processed white grains for whole grains.
Oats, spelt, and wheat, which includes gluten, are the most common food allergens.
Gluten, in particular, can cause many of problems for a lot of people.
Consuming gluten can cause issues with:
Not only this, but if you have allergens to grains, and you’re still eating them, you’re putting unnecessary harmful stress on your body.
This stress can then release the stress hormone cortisol, also known as the belly fat storing hormone.
Those were just 4 of the reasons why you shouldn’t eat grains to Live Lean.
I didn’t even talk about today’s wheat being genetically modified.
You can learn about the negative effects of genetically modified wheat here.
So let me wrap this up by saying this.
There is no physiological need for grains in the human diet.
By now I’m sure you’re all asking, “Brad what do I eat, if I can’t eat grains every day?”.
If you need help, I have over 200 grain free recipes that are quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious that are designed to get you lean.
Check out my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook here.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.