Grain Myths: What You Should Know
By Sara Butler
Grains have gotten a bad reputation over the past few years. Low-carbohydrate diets are still quite popular, but some grains are experiencing a resurgence. Quinoa and black rice are all the rage right now and for good reason – they’re healthy! Your body needs whole grains as part of a healthy diet, so don’t shy away from them. Here are a few of the most prevalent myths about grains that still seem to persist. Know the truth to embrace the health of whole grains in your diet!
Myth No. 1: Grains Cause Weight Gain
The first thing you must understand is that whole grains are much different than refined grains. Whole grains haven’t been stripped of their important bran and germ, so they’re not empty calories. Whole grains fill you up and provide essential fiber. Refined grains such as white rice have had those parts stripped, so they may raise your blood sugar only to make you hungry later – whole grains won’t have that impact.
Myth No. 2: Grains Are Just Like Sugar
Grains simply aren’t digested the same way as sugar, but many people would have you believe they are! Whole grains take a long time to be broken down in your digestive system. That means that they don’t spike your blood sugar like a refined sugar does, which basically requires no breakdown once eaten. Whole grains have a steady impact on blood sugar.
Myth No. 3: Wheat Can Be Addictive
To hear some people talk about it, eating wheat is like opium. You may have heard a theory going around that wheat peptides simulated in a lab experiment mimicking digestion show that they attach to the same receptors as opioids. On the face of it, that sounds shocking! What you probably don’t know is that the peptides in lettuce and spinach act the same way in a lab setting – but no one seems to be worried about becoming addicted to a salad.
Take ideas about wheat addiction with a grain of salt, because they’re sensationalized and way overblown. You can stop eating wheat anytime you want to – the real question is should you?
Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet, so unless you have some kind of allergy to grains, there’s no reason why eating them is bad! Try adding some new whole grains to your diet and see how much better you feel!
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