The Truth About Grain Foods

Prior to 10,000 years ago we lived as hunter-gatherers killing our food and gathering plant foods that we could eat and grain foods were not those foods.

Our plant foods were fresh and we ate roughly 150 different types of plants. I have a book called, "Wild Edible Plants of the Western United States". There are 302 plants listed in this book that are edible so that gives you an idea just what kind of variety we had available to eat. Fresh plant foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants so our bodies were well nourished in this regard.

These plants were high in fiber and we could eat them raw if we wanted. We picked them every few days as needed. Some of them we may have cooked and some of them I'm sure we didn't. For roughly 2 million years we did this, some cultures still do, and our digestive systems adapted to this meat and plant diet.

Then about 10,000 years ago a few civilizations appeared out of no where. The Egyptians, the Mayans, the Incas, Babylon, and civilizations in China.

With the advent of these cities came the practice of modern day agriculture or it could be the other way around. Which came first? I do not know but they do go hand in hand.

Somehow we figured out how to genetically engineer the wheat plant so it ended up with a soft-shell and would not fall off the stalk until we harvested it. Previously it had
a hard shell and fell off the stalk on its own making it a waste of time to try to eat or harvest.

If you have ever seen the little baby corn on the cob you're looking at ancient corn. We figured out how to engineer it to grow bigger so we could harvest it as well. Or should I say the Europeans did and they brought it with them.

About the same story occurred with other grain foods around the world including rice in China. All of them went through this same process of genetic engineering.

About 6000 years ago pottery was invented and we figured out we could store these grain foods until a later date so we could eat them. This is when civilization really took off and cities started popping up all over the world because of modern agriculture. Agriculture literally allowed the birth of modern day civilization and things would be much different today if it had not been discovered.

However, we were never designed to eat this way. It is truly a very new development in our 2 million-year history. And in the last 100 years we have taken the consumption of grains to a whole new level of nutritional insanity.

Today over 95% of these grain foods are highly processed and bad fats and chemicals are added to almost all of them. I don't think I have to explain the obvious result of consuming chemicals but the fats I certainly do, and that can be found in the benefits of eating Meat report.

Agricultural man from 6000 years ago consumed whole organic grain foods and even this resulted in a reduced lifespan and stature. Did you know that presently the Chinese are
beginning to eat more meat? Today adults who grew up mostly on grains are now consuming more meat and these adults are having their children eat more meat. These Chinese children are on average 2 inches taller than their parents when they reach adulthood. Interesting fact isn't it? A meat based diet would seem to provide more nutritional benefits allowing the body to grow taller and stronger.

The grain foods consuming ancient man also showed more infant mortalities, more deaths from infectious disease, nutritional deficiencies, and lowered immune function after adopting this diet. The sugar from these "whole" grains, which they are when digested, impairs your white blood cell function and white blood cells are a major part of your immune system. How do we know all this? Fossil records! This is not pure conjecture on my part, its scientific fact.

This is also the reason for the obesity epidemic you see in the world today. These grain foods cause a spike in your blood sugar levels which in turn causes a spike in your insulin level. The insulin gathers up this blood glucose and stores it on the body as fat for use at a later date if needed.

Vegetables on the other hand are complex carbs that slowly release their sugars into the body without creating a spike in blood sugar levels. This in turn does not cause insulin levels to spike. Plus, they are loaded with anti-oxidants, mineral and vitamins the body needs to survive.

Ancient man needed this function before the advent of farming to help him survive the winter. This is what would happen. In the fall, fruit sources would become ripe and ready to pick and eat and I assure you ancient man pigged out on these foods. They would also go to any length in the fall to gather honey as the 'sweet tooth' has been with us a long time. The consumption of these foods at this time of year probably lead to a little weight gain, just in time for winter, because excess blood sugar is stored as fat by insulin.

Today we consume this sugar year round to the tune of about 75 pounds per human and 95% of the grains we have been eating in the last 100 years are highly refined. I assure you we have not adapted to this garbage in the last 6000 years much less the last 100! These grain foods don't even resemble what ancient man was eating when farming started along with the resulting health problems. So imagine the compounded health effects from our diets verses theirs. Is it any wonder cancer, heart disease and diabetes for starters are out of control?

This overconsumption of sugar leads to chronic high insulin levels, which also lead to reduced growth hormone and glucagon levels. These hormones are responsible for burning fat and promoting muscle development. So in other words, the affects of the sugar from grains not only makes you fat but also prevents you from burning fat and developing muscle.

In addition to that, insulin usually knocks down the high sugar levels created by grains to levels that are too low in a couple hours. The result is you are now hungry again because of this low blood sugar, and what do you think you crave? That's right, more simple carbs and sugar from the very source that is causing this problem to start with. It is a viscous circle that is repeated over and over again.

Consider this, without milling and cooking all grain foods are simply inedible. So they grind it and it simply becomes fiber and flour, just add water and you have paper mache. And when digested, will cause severe digestive problems in any primate. Any elementary school teacher should be able to tell you that.

Paper Mache...yummy...reminds me of the glue you get when you drink a glass of milk. No wonder I feel so bloated if I eat a bowl of whole grain cereal with milk? I've just ingested a wad of paper and glued it into a big ball....yummy.

Potatoes and the Colon Cleansing Diet

Most people are aware that there are poisons in the eye of potatoes but many aren't aware that the poisons solanine, and chaconine are found throughout the entire potato. Wild potatoes of course have a much higher level because we have slowly genetically engineered these poisons out of the potato over the years, yet they are still there.

Solanine and chaconine are glycoalkaloid poisons found in species of the nightshade family, such as potatoes. They can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the leaves, fruit, and tubers. It is very toxic even in small quantities. Both have fungicidal and pesticidal properties and are part of the plant's natural defenses.

Even with these poisons naturally found in the potato it still has a high rate of fungal breakouts so they are treated heavily with fungicides. The Incas figured out that if they freeze-dried the potato it would prevent fungal breakouts. We still produce instant potatoes this very way today.

However, the Incas did not eat potatoes. They would instead feed them to those they conquered because they will go farther than normal foods. This left more of the spoils of
the conquered peoples for themselves. Pretty smart huh? Feed the conquered slaves the trash food and save the best for yourself.

A diet high in potatoes will lead to severe vitamin A deficiency and can cause blindness in children.

Because they are a simple high starchy food they are converted to sugar in the intestine very quickly and cause a spike in blood sugar. This excess sugar feeds yeast and cancer in those that have it. Insulin will then spike and knock down these levels as it picks up the sugar in the body and stores it as fat. 

Legumes and Beans

Legumes and beans were never eaten by ancient man for the same reason. They contain poisonous alkaloids that would protect the bean from being eaten in the wild. They also contain cyanogens such as cyanide. Lima beans for instance secrete cyanide gas when boiled.

These toxins are the reason you must soak and cook your beans. The soaking and cooking process neutralizes the toxins so they are safe to eat. But, I highly doubt ancient man ever bothered with this, especially before the advent of iron pots. Therefore, we did not eat and are not designed to eat these beans either, are we?

Corn and the Colon Cleansing Diet

Most people think corn is a vegetable, it is not. It is a grain food. As a grain, it comes with all of the negative health effects of a grain foods and then some. But, it is also our biggest cash crop so lets not get in the way of making a buck shall we?

Its major extract is fructose corn syrup, a simple reducing sugar. Its most commonly found in soda and the average American consumes 56 gallons of soda a year. It is second only to soybeans as the most genetically engineered food.

Recent research has suggested that corn was responsible for the demise of certain Native American tribes. With the arrival of the Spanish and their corn Native Americans
eating patterns shifted away from a hunter-gatherer society to a diet based mostly on corn. Researchers have studied the bones of these tribes before and after the introduction of corn. They found that after the introduction of corn in their diet, they had a much higher incidence of anemia, osteoarthritis, dental cavities, infections and other health issues not evident earlier. 

An article in the Wall St Journal on Feb 23rd 1998, "Corn Crop Peril"; refers to a substance called aflatoxin that infects corn, peanuts, and other crops. Aflatoxin is
produced by the fungi aspergillus and is the most toxic substance in the world.

Another article in the Wall St Journal on July 29th, 1998 "Texas Journal"; revealed that 62% of the corn crop was contaminated by aflatoxin with levels as high as 1000 ppb.
The grain was rejected for human consumption but was approved for animal consumption!

Folks! They feed this stuff to cows and your pets! Any veterinarian will tell you that dogs have a higher cancer rate than humans. I wonder why? Check your labels on your
pet foods and if it contains corn put it back on the shelf!

Two new studies found mercury in almost half of the samples of high-fructose corn syrup tested. In addition, almost a third of the products which listed HFCS as the first
ingredient contained mercury.

"Mercury is toxic in all forms," said Dr. David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and co-author of both studies. "Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered."

The first study found mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. The second study found mercury in almost one-third of 55 brand-name foods.

The Bottom Line…the sugar from grains no matter how "whole" feeds yeasts and bad bacteria and destroys your immune system, plain and simple. They also plug you up making your colon toxic which promotes other disease.

I suggest you stick with millet, amaranth,  quinoa and buckwheat if your going to eat grain foods. A bowl of bran cereal would be ok if consumed with almond milk. Eat them in as whole a form as possible so you get the fiber that slows the absorption rate of the sugars. And keep it to 1 serving a day. That serving can be split up if you want so you can have a little grain for breakfast or lunch and a little with dinner.

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