Nutrition Guide

WHOLE GRAINS

Recommended use: Use in moderation when earned.

For many years, we have been taught that whole grains are essential because they contain fibers. But although whole grains do provide fibers, they are not as healthy as the fibers you get from fruits and vegetables. On top of that, grains contain a lot of antinutrients as well. In reality, there is nothing in grains you cannot get more effectively from other more natural foods.

We allow you to earn whole grains because it is our philosophy that allowing former staples in moderation helps you stick to your diet restrictions. View whole grains as an occasional treat (like nuts or dark chocolate). For example, have a slice of bread or a tasty pasta side to accompany your big salad. Your meals should always be centered around vegetables and quality proteins.

Make sure you buy real whole grain bread and not just refined bread with added coloring. Similarly, “multigrain” products are often just refined grains in a fancy wrapping. An even better option is to go for traditional sourdough bread.

A note on gluten-free

Many products provide a gluten-free alternative to products containing wheat. On average, these substitutes are not healthy. They often contain large amounts of sugar and starch and not many beneficial nutrients. Unfortunately, careless reporting on this has led many people to believe that because gluten-free products are unhealthy, gluten must be an important and healthy nutrient. It’s not. If you replace the gluten in your meals with vegetables, eggs, fish and nuts, you will vastly improve your nutrition. You really don’t need gluten, but replacing them with unhealthy substitutes is even worse.