*Note from Sarah: Jason Seib is back with another awesome article. This is an easy to read post that you can send over to friends and family whom might be pestering you for answers as to why you are avoiding all the “fiber rich and heart healthy” breads, pastas, and cereals! Now you have the explanation you need right at your fingertips. For more Jason, you can also find him at Everyday Paleo Lifestyle & Fitness.
What’s the Deal With Grains?
This one is mostly for the paleo newbies and those of you who never quite understood the details behind our grain avoidance. Let’s debunk a couple of common myths.
But we NEED grains! Grains are good for you!
On the contrary, grains are good for birds, but not us. Mammals like you and I can’t quite stomach them (pun intended). Here is the short story in highly oversimplified form. Grains contain gut irritating lectins that damage the microvilli, or brush border, in our intestines, which then leads to the widening of tight junctions, a condition also known as leaky gut. Leaky gut is the situation in which bigger particles than planned are allowed through the gut wall and into your body. Some of these particles, especially the lectins themselves and gram negative bacteria, can be very problematic. [Read more…]