More times than I can count, I have been told that my grain free diet is damaging to my body, as grains are essential when it comes to a balanced diet. While I understand why this is a common belief, considering the MyPlate food guide as well as many other popular dietary guidelines that we are taught from a very young age, the idea that grains are vital to a healthy diet is simply incorrect.
All types of grains are difficult for the body to digest, or like corn, impossible. Grains also cause inflammation within the body, especially for those who have food allergies, which surprisingly enough, is all of us. Additionally, grains are high in calories and low in nutrients, allowing for a variety of deficiencies and health issues down the line. Most people consume excessive amounts of grains in each meal, and in turn, skip out of fruits, vegetables, and protein, all of which are crucial for for proper function of the body.
The most common argument that I hear in support of a grain dominant diet, is the bodies need for carbs. While this is true, and carbs are important for a balanced diet, grains are not the only source of carbs. Carbs are found in vegetables, nuts, seeds, and even fruit. A balanced diet does not necessarily mean consuming a food source from each food group, but rather consuming a range of nutrient dense food to fuel your cells and keep your body energized and healthy, which can be accomplished with fruits, vegetables, and protein.
It is important to remember that too much of anything can be harmful. If you choose to incorporate grains in your diet, do so in moderation and pay attention to how you feel when you do eat them. I suspect that you will feel much better and even have more energy by getting your carbs and nutrients from food sources aside from grains!
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