Sorry Paleo Diet followers
So we all know how bad grains are for the digestive system and how they promote inflammation. Humans have only been eating grains for the last 10,000 years although our genes were formed about 2million years ago. Without grains, people wouldn’t get fat and wouldn’t have high insulin levels. Since grains are very simple carbohydrates, they break down into sugar quickly. Due to this, you blood sugar spikes which causes your insulin levels to spike. When your insulin levels are always high, the inflammation process starts. Your cells then become resistant to insulin. The end result of this is diabetes.
So with all of these negative factors, why choose whole grains?
After analyzing data from more than 15,000 people aged 45-65, researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that as whole-grain intake went up, total mortality went down according to a new study coming out of Harvard’s School of Public Health. Eating more whole grains may decrease a person’s chances of dying by up to 15 percent.
The team’s findings were published in the latest issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. From more than 118,000 nurses and health professionals who filled out dietary questionnaires every two to four years between 1986 and 2010 the data that was collected said that of the 27,000 deaths of study participants, one-third fewer people died among the group that ate the most whole grains per day. Even after accounting for other factors such as obesity and exercise, researchers say data showed whole grains decreased a person’s overall chance of death by 9 percent. Cardiovascular-related deaths went down 15 percent.
So you want to know if you should eat whole grains or stay away from them. To be honest, if your body reacts poorly to grains, try to eliminate them from your diet. If this makes you feel better then do not eat them. If you are staying away from grains, make sure you get your nutrients elsewhere. If you are currently eating grains and notice no negative consequences then there is no reason to stop eating them. Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s body reacts differently to whole gains. You know your body better then anyone else so the choice is yours.