Posted by: molander | January 1, 2010

Refined Grains

From the Avoid At All Cost List

1. Yes, grains grow from the ground (natural = good) but they’re ruined when they’re refined.

2. Refining removes the bran and germ of the grain

xxxxx a. This removes almost all of the fiber, vitamins, minerals
xxxxx b. When “enriched” with vitamins, they are simply replacing chemically what they stripped out

3. Refining makes them easier to digest

xxxxx a. You get hungry faster
xxxxx b.Skyrockets blood sugar and insulin spikes
xxxxxsss i. Repeated spikes lead to insulin resistance and diabetes
xxxxx c. You get 40% higher levels of C-reactive protein (messes with blood vessels; associated with heart attack and stroke –Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

4. Buy only products that say “100% whole _______” as the first ingredient. Beware of yet another government labeling trick: Products labeled simply as “whole grain” need only 51% whole grain. (Isn’t that more like “half grain”? [tsk, tsk]

Our favorite bread is Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Organic. Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of these companies! Just sharing my personal findings and opinions!

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Avoid At All Cost items are either non-foods or foods modified so extremely that they have become harmful to the body. The clearest (and most concise-yet-comprehensive) list I can find on this subject is in Jillian Micheals’ book Master Your Metabolism so that’s what I’m using for reference in this series. Learn about other items on the Avoid At All Costs List at the right. Hydrogenated Fats
Refined Grains
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial Preservatives, Colors, Flavoring
Glutamates

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