A Second Look At “Whole Grains”

A Second Look At “Whole Grains”

Just like many doctors out there in the practice, Dr. Unwin (UK) was under the impression that whole-grain, natural brown bread was a great health-food for ill/diabetic patients.[1] If it is natural and whole, what could possibly be the problem? Well, after just doing a little bit of research, he notes how wrong he was for the last 25 years. He turned a complete 180o on what he promotes as “healthy” for diabetic patients. We would like to discuss a little bit about the misinformation around in the health industry to manage your Type 2 Diabetes.

If you take the time to watch this video of Dr. Unwin explaining his process, we assure you that your view on how to treat diabetes will be forever changed. It is downright emotional.

What really makes up a “well-balanced diet?” Well according to the USDA, HSS, and ADA (who propose the “myplate” regimen of diet), a well-balanced meal consists of nearly a quarter of your calories come from whole grains.[2][3]. They also suggest that at least half of your grains should be “whole.” Whole means that the grain is unprocessed and contains the bran, germ, and endosperm[4] associated with grain. As if the word “whole” all of a sudden gets rid of the blood-glucose-spiking carbohydrate innate in the substance. This same article that claims the health benefits of grains, provides their source of information as another page on their own blog! It is clear to us that people just talk about the benefits of “whole grains” just because they can. Of course, we encourage that if you must eat grains, that it come from the unprocessed form. But just because something is unprocessed, does not make it good for you.

Whole grains are encouraged because of their antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.[5] Also, the same HHS article[3] doesn’t even explain why whole grains are good. They just take it for granted that you believe these things are good for you. Can you not get these same benefits without divulging into grains? Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and supplements offer the same thing without such negative impacts on your blood glucose levels.

These articles also do not mention the negative affects of eating grains: their anti-nutrient tendencies.

What is an anit-nutrient? Great question. It is something that inhibits the ability of your body to absorb necessary nutrients and can cause negative consequences in your body. According to the National Institutes of Health, gluten and wheat lectin cause inflammation and can “elicit dysfunction and disease.”[6] People are simply not engineered to digest these compounds as other animals are. Grains also include phytic acid, which is also known to be an anti-nutrient. It inhibits the absorption of necessary minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium.[7] If the entire goal of Type 2 Diabetes treatment is to make yourself healthy, why would you eat such foods? You can easily get these nutrients from supplements or other (not-so-carbohydrate-filled) foods.

Also, according to Dr. Unwin’s private (nearly unfunded) research, one serving of whole grains has as much of an impact on your blood glucose levels as 4 teaspoons of pure sugar.[1] There is a lot of hype out there about complex carbs vs. simple carbs. It turns out that natural, complex carbs (i.e. whole grains) are as much of a threat to your health than junk food, being a Type 2 Diabetic. These carbs are not only unnecessary, but they can be harmful to your diabetic condition.

Dr. Unwin designated an entire research campaign to the ideas behind low-carb living and the ketogenic diet. He has looked over the same population of 9,000 patients for about 30 years.[1] Now, he was your typical kind of doctor, suggesting what drugs to take and then passing off the patients to “junior partners.” He had reservations about meeting with diabetic patients because he found no solution to the problem. He felt disappointed in what he was able to do. But all of that changed. One “clever patient,” as he puts it, finally decided to come back to him with an explanation of her kind of lifestyle.[1] She explained how it was simply changing her diet from high-carb to low-carb and high-fat.

Why do these departments still propose such a carbohydrate driven meal plan? The word “whole grains” has such a nice ring to it. What could possibly be wrong with whole, natural foods? We reply that just because something is “natural / whole” does not make it a good thing. We know you can name off a thousand things that are natural yet dangerous to the human experience. Relating back to the food recommendation, there is a large opening for special interests and lobbyists to make their way into the Food Pyramid. Check out our other Blog post on this subject to learn more.

How did diet change from eating tons of fats and vegetables to eating empty breads? We suggest looking further into the subject before you make any sort of decision. Hint: it has something to do with $$$$$ and power. Is it really that crazy that manufacturers and big food labels have a say in what the health departments promote? Dr. Walter Willett doesn’t think its too crazy.[2]

But, even if you aren’t on board that our health agencies are harming health, then do your own research to prove yourself what is right. We want to provide the truth, and nothing but the truth, to our members. We understand that a piece of a whole wheat muffin won’t harm you, but eating the recommended 6-11 servings of grains will! Why would you eat something that you know breaks down into glucose, the one thing that your body is struggling to utilize?

If you are wondering where to get your energy, if not from carbohydrates, eating fats is an infinitely healthier option. We have so many resources on why this is true on the Keto Lifestyle webpage. The main point of this article was to claim why whole grains may not be so good for you, but we offer plenty of content as to why fats are good for you.

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[1] M. Jeffry Gerber. “Dr David Unwin – The Glycaemic Index: Helping patients with Type 2 Diabetes”. Jeffry Gerber, MD – Denver’s Diet Doctor. 2017. [Online]. Available: http://denversdietdoctor.com/dr-david-unwin-glycaemic-index-helping-patients-type-2-diabetes/. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[2] “Choose MyPlate”. Choose MyPlate. 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[3] “How to Eat Healthy”, HHS.gov, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/eat-healthy/how-to-eat-healthy/index.html. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[4] “What’s a Whole Grain? A Refined Grain? | The Whole Grains Council”, Wholegrainscouncil.org, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whats-whole-grain-refined-grain. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[5] “Whole Grains 101 | The Whole Grains Council”. Wholegrainscouncil.org, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[6] K. de Punder and L. Pruimboom. “The Dietary Intake of Wheat and other Cereal Grains and Their Role in Inflammation”, US National Library of Medicine, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705319/. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

[7] “Phytic Acid 101: Everything You Need to Know”. Healthline. 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/phytic-acid-101. Accessed: 08 Oct 2017.

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