A Primal lifestyle does not include grains and The Paleo Diet doesn’t either. We provide 3 tips to help explain why grains are not Primal/Paleo:
- As Homo sapiens, we started eating grains only 10,000 years ago. Our ancestors lived, survived, and evolved for 150,000 years without grains. The cultivation of grains started about 10,000 years ago. It is believed this was the beginning of the end to evolution (“The survival of the fittest”) because we no longer had the selection pressure of starvation. Our genes have not been accustomed to processed carbs such as pasta, cereal, bread, baked goods, and packaged foods. We respond to these foods with inflammation, weight gain, suppressed immune system, and a roller coaster pattern of sugar crash/carb craving.
- Grains have anti-nutrients such as Lectins, Gluten, and Phytates. Lectins, for example, are toxins manufactured by the plant to protect itself from UV Radiation, insects, and dangerous microorganisms. Certain Lectins are toxic when they are digested because they disturb the borders of the small intestine, allowing fecal matter to be released into the bloodstream. Gluten, a form of lectin, can cause an inflammatory response in most people. Most people are allergic to gluten whether they know it or not. The inflammatory response caused by gluten can compromise your immune system and your digestion. With excessive grain consumption, Phytates found in grains (also in nuts and legumes) bind to important minerals in the bloodstream such as iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium, disturbing their absorption into the body. Whole grains contains more nutrients than refined grains, however, whole grains contain higher amounts of anti-nutrients (lectins, phytates and gluten) than refined grains.
- The carb content in grains is too much for our bodies to process without causing a toxic amount of glucose into our system. Grains cause an excessive amount of glucose into our systems no matter what type of grain it is (bread, rice, cereal, wheat, etc.) The excessive glucose is cleared out of our blood stream via excessive insulin production, and stored in our fat cells. Over time, this causes insulin resistance and increased fat cells.
Our genes want us to be fit, strong, and healthy! We can thrive on animal protein and healthy fat. We have evolved to use fat as our primary source of fuel… not carbs.
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