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Why You Should Really Stop Consuming Grains

At FITBJJ we make it a point to guide people toward better health and fitness results. With that must come a good understanding of how important it is to supplement your body with the right supply of foods. With a lot of information and misinformation that there is on diet nowadays, we decided to collect all the relevant data we could find to suggest which foods are most harmful in the modern diet.
 
Sometimes the best way to achieve your goals is by simply eliminating the things that are hindering you from reaching them. For this reason, we decided to expand on some very strong points on why these food products should be avoided by pretty much everyone.
 
In this article we will discuss grains specifically, and why they should be avoided if you want to perform better and improve your health and vitality.
 
What are Grains?

Grain foods are mostly made from wheat, oats, rice, rye, barley, millet, quinoa and corn.  The different grains can be cooked and eaten whole, ground into flour to make a variety of cereal foods like bread, pasta and noodles, or made into ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.
Grains (cereal) foods can be broken up into four main groups. The main sub-groups are:
Breads - Whole meal, wholegrain, white, rye, pita, lavash, naan, focaccia, crispbreads, damper
Breakfast Cereals - Ready to eat, high fiber (wholegrain) oats, porridge, muesli, wholewheat biscuits
Grains - Rice, barley, corn, polenta, buckwheat, spelt, millet, sorghum, triticale, rye, quinoa, semolina
Other products - Pasta, noodles, English muffin, crumpet, rice cakes, couscous, bulgur, popcorn, flour.
 
Grains Cause Bloating and Inflammation
 
There have been enough studies done to understand the relationship humans’ bodies have with grains and processed grains. Gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, is linked to a host of inflammatory health issues including digestive issues, brain disorders, skin conditions and insulin resistance. Numerous studies have demonstrated that cereal grains contain variable numbers of proteins with characteristics of digestive enzyme inhibitors of mammals, insects, and bacteria. These proteins for many years were recognized only as undesirable, anti-nutritional components and moreover are listed among protein fractions causing food allergies.
This (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22063662/) study even shows that grass-fed animals had higher levels of vitamin E, beta carotene, and vitamin C versus grain-fed animals. Interestingly, if you do the math, grass-fed meat has about 11.3 mg of vitamin C per pound (454g) and grain-fed meat has roughly 7.3 mg per lb. However, this topic on animal products deserves an article of its own. This proves that even in animal studies, grains puts the organism at a significant disadvantage when it comes to nutrient production and absorption.
 
We often hear that grains — and particularly whole-grain foods — are essential sources of nutrients, such as dietary fiber, B vitamins like folic acid, and essential minerals. The USDA’s dietary guidelines encourage the consumption of grains, suggesting that eating whole grains can lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. At the same time, there are relevant reasons why you should avoid grains in order to prevent the development of inflammation, metabolic problems, and chronic diseases. What’s more, grains don’t provide any nutritional benefits that you can’t get from healthier sources of food. Typically, grains are a convenient and heavily accessible alternative for many.
 
Alternatively, when grains are milled into flour, the starch they contain becomes a high-glycemic-load food. That means it rapidly converts to glucose, causing rapid rises in blood sugar that promote the formation ofAGEs – advanced glycation end products, and these combinations of sugars and protein are pro-inflammatory.

Effects On Your Mechanics
 
From a biomechanical standpoint, excessive inflammation and bloating in the body will also exacerbate joint pain, deactivation of your deep core muscles and rectus abdominus. If you have grains in your intestines that are swelling and creating outward pressure against your abdominal wall, activating the deep core will become more difficult. This can lead to a lack of structural support of your lower back, hips, and ultimately cause more long-term joint damage on your body. If you have grains in your intestines that are swelling and creating outward pressure against your abdominal wall, activating the deep core will become more difficult.
 
Inflammation is an important mechanism our bodies have. To some degree, it is necessary for health and longevity as it is part of our body’s healing response. But if the body is under constant state of stress and inflammation, this will only cause more issues relating to sleep and recovery quality, energy levels, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, and a plethora of health risks that can be avoided by simply minimizing the consumption of these grains.
 
Conclusion
 
Ultimately, we believe having diversity in your diet can be very beneficial. However, there are certain foods that lead to degeneration on the body that the average human eats far too much of. Because these foods are very cheap alternatives to produce, it is very easy to eat too much of them. On top of that, grains are a fairly new addition to the human diet with storage and consumption of these foods beginning as early as just 10,000 years ago ­– and nowhere near to the degree that they are consumed today, especially processed and if they are not treated properly prior to consumption. That being said, we believe the long-term cost of eating grains as a primary food source are nowhere near worth the few benefits they provide when compared to other nutrient dense foods out there.

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