How much whole grain food do I need per day?
Whole grains and the misconceptions surrounding them.
Whole grains are the big thing now. Well, whole grains, almonds and olive oil are, too. They're irrelevant to this article, though.
Much of the packaging used to wrap whole grains usually states how many grams of whole grains, as well as how many grams you should consume. Well, this is bullshit, and most people don't have any idea what's even meant by this.
This information is put out by the USDA and the FDA. Two completely crooked government bodies. But, I digress.
The recommendation for the amount of whole grains is not meant to be interpreted in aggregate. These whole grain foods are intended to replace more processed foods. So, the amount of whole grains is hardly important.
Now, where do whole grains come from? Seeds, right? So, what company sells a lot of these seeds? I'll give you a hint- it starts with M and ends with O. This company has enjoyed a lot of protection by the federal government. A few miscreants in our wonderful government actually tried to sneak a bill into a spending bill, that would protect this company from litigation.
Ask yourself this- if you made a product that wasn't harmful, would you ask the government for protection. Not just protection, but spend millions on lobbying so that these ingredients didn't appear on food labels> The technology behind these 'modifications' is very similar to the technology behind Agent Orange. Yummy!
This whole swill is just a facade for money and profits. Whole grains in general are not 'good for you'. Other than fiber and a small helping of antioxidants from the endosperm (another scam), whole grains don't offer much. In fact, the processing used for many of these grains actually causes them to leech nutrients from the body. That's why it's federal law that these foods be 'enriched'. They actually remove some of the B complex and iron from the body.
Oh, they'll tout the energy that you get. This 'energy' does not energize you. It's just the carbohydrates in these foods. For the record, carbohydrates are the one macronutrient that you actually never need to ingest. The body makes glucose and glycogen (carbohydrates) via gluconeogenesis. This is the conversion of other macronutrients (protein and fat) into carbohydrates.
So, next time a food label suggests that you get a certain amount of whole grains per day, just remember what I've said here.
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