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For Clearer Thinking, Avoid Grains

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For Clearer Thinking, Avoid Grains

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Grains should represent a small part of your diet, regardless of your age. I personally seek to avoid most grains, except rice.

But if you’re going to eat some grain-based foods, how much is too much?

This debate heated up earlier this year when two nutritional experts, Dr. Paul Jaminet and Dr. Ron Rosedale, engaged in a discussion over how many starches are too many.

Dr. Rosedale believes there is no such thing as a “safe starch” and that all starchy carbohydrates should be avoided, which of course includes all grains.

Dr. Jaminet, on the other hand, is a little more forgiving of some of the “safer starches,” such as potatoes and rice. He believes some people need a small amount of these in their diets.

This is an interesting debate.

It’s well thought out and well-articulated, but quite lengthy.

If you have time, I do recommend you reading through all of it to see the nuances of their contrasting views.

Controversial Carbs

The amount of carbohydrates one should consume for optimal health is a widely controversial topic. Fortunately we can gain some insights as to how much we might need by examining a child’s diet, which is critically important for proper brain development. As you would expect, the quality of a child’s diet will directly affect his or her cognitive functioning. Two recent studies highlight just how important this is.

STUDY #1: In the first study, Japanese researchers analyzed the relationship between breakfast staples and intelligence in children. They divided 290 healthy children into three groups according to their breakfast staple—rice, bread, or both. What they found was that children in the rice group had significantly more gray matter in their brains and showed a higher perceptual organization index, which is a component of intelligence. This supports the theory that children’s breakfast choices affect their cognitive function.

According to the study:

“… [O]ne possible mechanism underlying the difference between the bread and the rice groups may be the difference in the glycemic index (GI) of these two substances; foods with a low GI are associated with less blood-glucose fluctuation than are those with a high GI.”

STUDY #2: A 2011 cross-sectional study in Tehran, Iran, examined the relationship between long-term refined carbohydrate intake and non-verbal intelligence among 6- to 7-year-old schoolchildren. Researchers found that refined carbohydrate consumption and non-verbal IQ were inversely related for these Tehrani children. In other words, the more refined carbs the children were eating, the lower their non-verbal IQs. So how much starch is too much starch for breakfast—or any other meal, for that matter?

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:43AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

What is with all the white space below, someone hit enter sixty million times?

Patience dear readers there are comments below the White Abyss Below. Will continue to eat delightful whole wheats and grains as they are tasty and marvellous!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Hmmm, we are supposed to eat this, we aren't supposed to eat that...soon we will only be allowed to eat tree bark and lichen until studies "prove" these are bad for you too.

One decade eggs are the enemy, then later they are fine, another year this is the villain until the next study debunks it.

Think I will just stick to a balanced diet of whole grains, veggies, fruit, meat with portions the size of a deck of cards, buy organic and not factory farm so there are no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides galore and eat the things that I enjoy. Life is short enough without avoiding yet another food that is delightful.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Humans are not supposed to eat grains. Humans are not supposed to eat meat. Humans are supposed to graze on spinach and carrots. There is not a lot of mainstream support for the idea that whole wheat and grains are bad for us except for those with allergies. For now I will enjoy my whole grains, whole wheats, small amounts of organic meat, quinoa and a variety of food items and not worry about the latest "this is bad and unnatural for you" as it seems almost everything in the world is these days!

4:18PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Also, check to see if you have sleep apnea. Do you snore, take afternoon naps, feel foggy headed and fatigued all the time, get it checked out, ask your doctor.

3:30PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Anyone wanting to read about the studies only has to click on the blue word "study" in the article and you will be able to read all about it.
I love rice but don't eat a lot of it. I will keep eating whatever I enjoy!

9:06PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Thanks, helpful info I think.

9:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012


10:13PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I like grains :) I will continue eating them

8:31AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I have problems with care2!
why do care2 publish stuff like this that refuse to give us a link to the studies they refer to!

Today it is so simple to give references.
To refer to study 1 and study 2,is not enough!

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