Haha. I love a good title. That’s about all I got at this time of night, except the wanderings of a food-obsessed mind.
Lately, I really have been thinking a lot about grains. I like them. A long time ago I stopped eating pretty much anything made with refined (white) wheat on a regular basis (the occasional treat notwithstanding,) and then I decided to stop eating wheat, pretty much. Then I read Wheat Belly, and even though I didn’t believe everything he said, there is so much bad press out there on the inter webs about the evils of grains that I tried to limit my grain intake. Actually, according to the USDA, I still DO limit my grain intake. Egads, who eats 6-11 servings of grain a day?
Anyway, I am trying to stop thinking of grains as evil, and something that I need to feel bad about if I eat more than one serving a day! I think most days I have 2 servings of whole grains, and once in a while I will have 3. I like grains in the morning, and I like popcorn at night once or twice a week.
I also was thinking about why I like to try vegan recipes. It actually has nothing to do with veganism, but it does seem that they like to use alternative flours. And that is a good thing, I think. It just seems healthy to eat a wide variety of grains, instead of having everything in your life revolve around wheat. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT LOL. My latest flour that I am enjoying is the brown rice flour in baked goods.
So when I was on vacation (and consuming more grains than usual, thank you to the THREE bakeries in the small town of Sisters,) I was very interested when I got this email with a link to an article titled “Should You Avoid Grains?” Its a pretty well-written article, and has some very good points. The author is a former body builder who is also a registered dietician. Of special interest to me was a reference to a scientific article titled “Wheat Belly–An Analysis of Selected Statements.” [Okay, disclaimer here. I just noticed--this article seems to be written very scientifically, but it is for a publication called "Cereal Foods World"???] Well, check it out. It still seems to be a pretty fair-minded article.
I know there is a lot a testimony out there about it being easier to maintain weight loss if you will eliminate grains. MOST of the testimony comes from people who have lost weight in the last year or two. As I like to say these days–come back in five years and talk to me.