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The Whole Grain Conspiracy

Posted Sep 18 2009 12:58pm
I think there is a bit of a conspiracy in this country by food manufactures when it comes to flower. We've all seen the headlines and by now know that breads cereals and pastas made with white "refined" flower is unhealthy, the topic has been beaten to death by Nutritionists and Health experts alike. Instead, we're told to look for those made from "whole grains" due to the nutritional value of whole wheat flour.

It's true, whole wheat flour is indeed healthier than refined white flour due to the loss of nutrients (essential vitamins and minerals) during the refining process, but does that alone make it "healthy"?

We in this country consume far too much processed food on a daily basis, and breads pastas and cereals no doubt top the list. Due to the lack of knowledge when it comes to truly healthy foods, too many Americans have taken the phrase "whole grains" as some sort of free pass to eat all of the fast digesting carbs they want... "but the pizza is made with whole grain crust", or "it's a whole wheat roll" , never mind the fact that it takes up 3/4 of the plate.

The fact is, whole grain or not, you're still consuming processed foods, and that means much of its nutritional value is lost during processing. Whole grains are indeed important, and they should be a BIG part of your diet, but the majority of it should be in its whole unprocessed (or minimally) processed form.

I eat whole grains every day as part of my breakfast (Oat Groats, Buckwheat Groats, Barley, Kamut) and at least 4 days a week as part of my lunch/dinner (Quinoa, Ameranth, Millet, Long Grain Rice), and I eat them in their whole grain form.

I'm not saying you should cut all processed grains out of your diet, just be smart and consume them in moderation. Don't let the phrase "whole grains" on that bread pasta or cereal fool you into thinking it's a truly healthy food your eating.
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