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Whole-Grain Foods Are Not Always Healthful, Review Finds


Health & Wellness  (tags: diet, food, health, heart disease, diabetes, whole grain foods, research, safety, study, nutrition, news, illness, interesting )

Carrie
- 512 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Last month the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) reaffirmed in a report that fiber-rich whole grains lower the risks of diabetes and heart disease. Media outlets such as Reuters duly reported the news, but many failed to point out a crucial detail:



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Comments

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:31 pm
Intreresting disturbing, a bit confusing article.
 

Diane K. (132)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:34 pm
Interesting article. thx Carrie!
 

Carrie B. (316)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:48 pm
I agree Allan. I have read it twice.
 

Syd H. (48)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:17 pm
Thank you for this. I've long thought so-called "whole" grains were over-rated. For one, they don't have nearly the amount of fiber in fruits & veggies. Nor the nutrient loads even at their best but most products over-process them anyway.

I eat some brown rice, usually jasmine or basmati and some quinoa because I do like those and the quinoa especially goes well in salads. Alway organic though especially since I found out that Monsanto's Round-up is being used on non-GMO grains such as rice, corn & beans to dry the stalks down all at once for harvesting quicker meaning that the round-up in not just on but taken up into the edible part. :(
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:51 pm
Thanks
 

Carrie B. (316)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:59 pm
I have also read that brown rice has a higher arsenic level than white rice.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:38 pm
OK - confused about several points - arsenic?? Won't be eating that anytime soon.

Then, as far as whole grains go, if the fiber content is high, then we can eat foods marked Whole Grain, with the grain ground up? This is important because seniors, including myself, without dentures can't eat foods with the whole, or even partial, grain. Our teeth aren't that strong anymore; in my case, I need crowns or else I'll lose seven teeth. Crowns ain't cheap and most health insurance doesn't cover them.
 

Carrie B. (316)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:55 pm
I started to post this earlier today, but didn't. Because of GGma Sheila's query about arsenic...
 


High Levels of Arsenic in Rice Linked to Elevated Genetic Damage in Humans
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:02 pm
Thank you Carrie.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:14 pm
Great post Carrie and very timely for me since I started my journey into the vegan world. I eat steel cut oats and an organic brown rice cereal but now I think I will discontinue the cereal after reading the article. I also eat almonds daily and apples weekly. I think I am going to go for the bulgar wheat, that sounds like an optimal choice for me. Thanks again.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:27 pm
How much you eat, not what you eat and making it yourself is still better. Good posting, thanks
 

Carrie B. (316)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
I agree Jason. Home cooked is always better~and everything in moderation.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:38 pm
I love whole-grain bread. Thanks for the info.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:07 pm
Perhaps the only healthy food is home grown,

But then the GMOs, traveling through air, water, whatever might git cha!
 

Syd H. (48)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:11 am
Thanks for the info on rice Carrie. I think the higher nutrition of brown rice would help in processing the arsenic out but when I do eat rice from the US I only eat Lundberg which tested fairly well, and I only eat it about once a month on average. I rarely eat the other rice products listed because I don't eat much in the form of grains at all.

Okay, but I do love buckwheat which is very versatile (though I still do not eat much but it's great soaked & sprouted as a breakfast, or in salads). Do you have any bad news on that one?

Anyway, part of the ongoing problem is the pesticides allowed in the US along with the feeding of it to poultry which is another source for those who eat meat, then using the litter for fertilizer. However, to save money many factory farms are feeding the chicken litter back to cows which is really disgusting because chicken feed often has ground up bits of cow including the spinal and brain parts so it's a backdoor way to spread Mad Cow, except to get around that, producers slaughter cows, including dairy cows by 5 years before they can start to visibly show symptoms.

Crazy food world. We have to know what they are doing so we can object but also make better choices for ourselves. Our ignorance is their profit. :(

Think I'll copy this comment on to the other post you put up on the rice. Thanks for helping us to learn. :)
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:14 am
Thanks Carrie. Will be more discerning in future.
 

Fi T. (16)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:38 am
Always check before believing
 

Mike M. (56)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:38 am
Any time you process a product your are changing it so yes food companies regularly deceive you about what you are eating and the government regulations are OK with that. Now you as consumers need to stand up and say hell no! Make them understand we want the foods especially whole grain and naturally labeled to be just that and none of there "Hocus Pocus" BS about it. Also make the government understand that regulations and guideline must be adhered to and from reliable sources and multi-studied to stop the shams
 

Shanti S. (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:46 pm
Thank you.
 

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:50 am
Again, read your labels, not just the advertisement on the package and go for the one with the most fibre.
 
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