Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

No need to go against the grain

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You know, I truly wish that all of us healthcare professionals could get along. We all (ideally) have the goal of getting and keeping people as healthy as possible. I see the flaws in our medical system and I understand why people turn to naturopaths for help. Heck, sometimes I even catch myself wondering if maybe, just maybe, they have something right but then…

Someone on twitter recently shared a link to this naturopathic blog post advising against whole grains. This was the same person who shared a post by another naturopath that suggested using boric acid to treat persistent vaginal yeast infections… eep! I could probably devote my entire blog to responding to misinformation provided by naturopathic blogs and never run out of material.

So… Grains… Apparently they are the cause of all that ails us. They are not the fabulous source of fibre that we’ve been lead to believe and we can get all the fibre we need from fruits and vegetables – I addressed that assertion here. If we only did some research we would all learn that grains are a big scam. Why a blog that claims to be “research based” is telling us to do some research baffles me. But then… I scrolled to the bottom of their post and saw their references:

www.wellnessmama.com

www.huffingtonpost.com

www.realdose.com

www.foodmatters.tv

www.med.uottawa.ca

www.cancer.ca

http://baby-boomer-depot.com

www.buzzle.com

www.theglobeandmail.com

www.suhanijain.com

Not a single one of these is actual research. Nor will the links take you directly to articles about grains. Oh so helpful.

I think that the point they are actually making (but apparently don’t realise is their point) is somewhat valid: “Stay away from the bread and processed foods and deny this lure into the whole grain hype.” Sure, I eat bread, and processing some foods is necessary to obtain nutrients from them. However, avoiding highly processed packaged foods is a great policy to improve your health. Notice though that their primary concern appears to be with refined grains and not those that are minimally processed. Foods such as steel-cut oats, corn, wheat berries, barley, buckwheat, triticale, brown rice, etc. are excellent sources of nutrition and can healthily be consumed as part of a balanced diet.

While you can eliminate grains and still be healthy, cutting out an entire food group makes it much more difficult to do so. Unless you have an allergy or other condition which forces you to eliminate grains from your diet you’re going to be better off consuming a variety of grains than you will be by consuming none.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

2 thoughts on “No need to go against the grain

  1. Some good reading for you to better understand our reason to go grain free. Based on real research of course!

    http://www.amazon.ca/The-Paleo-Answer-Weight-Great/dp/1118404157
    http://www.amazon.ca/Wheat-Belly-William-Davis/dp/1443412732

    Happy reading!

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