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Hello, brown bread
This weird brown lump is bread!?
Is wheat nutritionally superior?
Anti-nutrients — blowing up your small intestine
Anti-nutrients? Does that even exist? Or are you clutching at straws? Is this like that anti-matter thing that everyone says exists but we cant see?!
Bro, you going anywhere with this (while tapping your watch vigourously)
Uhhh, so, is this all coz that Djokovic dude went on a gluten-free diet? Is that seriously what all this fuss is about?!
Yes — Djokovic went gluten-free, and it is no coincidence that he is feeling sharper and fitter. But just like I told you about one fat guy losing weight by eating Subway not being enough evidence, neither is Djokovic! Let’s see this gluten thing in detail. Coz, like I said already, wheat is high in gluten.
How Does Gluten Affect People
Gluten damages your gut lining
- a leaky gut
- your body turning on itself, via molecular mimicry — these alien bodies into the blood stream have a similar pattern to regular tissue. When your immune system attacks it, it could potentially lead to attacking healthy tissue later.
- It can potentially lead to autoimmune disorders as well.
So what if I have a leaky gut, and it leads to these autoimmune responses?
- Type I diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
But I don’t have any of these diseases
Almost everyone is sensitive to gluten though. While only 1% of people are diagnosed with celiac disease, The degree of how bad gluten sensitivity affects a person depends on the individual. Think of people you know who’ve had trouble conceiving a kid, or had their gall bladder removed, or suffer from digestion issues, or depression — they get treated for the symptom, rather than the cause. Likewise, there are could be certain symptoms you are suffering from. For example,
- If you have trouble poo-ing, or say you’ve had diarrhea, or any digestive issues
- If you suffer from chronic fatigue — when you have to sneak in that nap without which you cannot function
- If you suffer from Depression, schizophrenia — or plain fogginess in the head
From Charles Poliquin’s site, “The gliadin in wheat gluten causes crossover activation and again leads to decreased cortex and midbrain activation, leading to eventual neurodegenerative diseases.“
Another article, about inflammation, from his site “We’re also finding that a lot of inflammation can be traced to the consumption of wheat, corn and soy and possibly dairy. Gluten is a major problem, because gluten contains a protein to which 1 in 100 people are outright allergic, and for which about 40 percent of the population show antibodies.”
It could be coz of gluten sensitivity!
Stephan Guyenet, at Whole Health Source, conducted an awesome survey — where a bunch of people tried out a gluten-free diet, and reported back with answers to several questions, like “Did you note a weight change at the end of gluten free January?” and “did you have a problem with tiredness/lethargy? If so, did your symptoms change during the month of January?”. It is a very quick read, with simple graphs. I highly recommend that you check it out.
Yay, or Nay
Dude, am quitting your blog. I cannot deal with “no wheat”
Am game. I will give it a go
Withdrawal symptoms!? What? It is not like am giving up heroin
“Rice over wheat — you *$*@#&*% south Indians”
Ah c’mon! I love (present tense) my wheat as well. But it conflicts with my goals, and my health. From chocolate croissants, to donuts, to brownies — there’s just so many things to miss out on. But missing out on them on a regular basis = much better health. And it also means when you occasionally indulge, every few weeks, it makes it even better!
On to rice then
Sweeeeeeeet, so I can eat a kilo of rice a day?
- Did I eat enough vegetables?
- Did I eat enough protein?
- Did I eat enough starches?
- Did I cook in coconut oil (or butter or ghee)
If you answered yes to all, then eat rice. That’s what I mean as a filler. Traditionally, rice (and grains) forms a staple — the center of attention. And that is a problem.
While you’re at it, can you talk about lentils, pulses, and legumes? Do they also have anti-nutrients?
Similar deal. Stick around for another post! But basic idea remains the same — they do contain anti-nutrients, but properly preparing them, and eating them in reasonable quantities, and not as a replacement of grains. In fact, consuming them in reasonable quantities is totally fine, and the next version of the nutrition template will reflect that.
A note about other grains, and pseudo-grains
From oats, barley etc. to quinoa, buckwheat, and the rest. Apart from rice, buckwheat is the other grain that can be recommended. I will put up a recipe for buckwheat pancakes, over at Eat Real Food soon. The rest of them contain one anti-nutrient or the other. If any of the problems mentioned here, from simple to severe, match some of yours, and you’ve already given up wheat — well, you could try cutting out all grains, and see if it does something for the better. Worth a shot!
- Humans are not adapted to eating grains
- Grains contain anti-nutrients And wheat has the worst of them — gluten.
- Gluten sensitivity and intolerance leads to leaky gut, inflammation, autoimmune disorders — a myriad of issues!
- If you are going to avoid, or reduce consumption, of a grain — it should be wheat. And if you are going to eat a grain — it should be rice.
- Grains being staple = undernourished.
- Your primary source of carbs = starchy veggies.
- Eat veggies, starchy veggies, protein, and add some grain. not the other way around
- Properly prepare grains, if you are gonna eat them. To reduce the anti-nutrients in grains, you can employ several methods, like soaking, fermenting etc. — check out this post from Whole Health Source, and this one from the Weston A Price foundation.
- Don’t eat anything that is “gluten-free” and expect it to be healthy. The gluten-free food industry removes gluten, but adds in other stuff, which will end up making you fat and diabetic.
- Post-workout meal tip: 1 cup Rice + paneer/chicken tikka = awesome!
Share this post please! And give it a try! What do you have to lose by giving yourself a shot at getting healthier? If you still are not convinced, let’s talk. Make your argument — that’s what the comments are for.