Why You Should Think Twice Before Eating Grains, and What to do Instead

Try this delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¼ - 1/3 cup honey or coconut nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup zucchini, grated

Directions

  1. Using a mixer, combine almond flour and cacao powder
  2. Add in salt and baking soda
  3. Add in eggs, coconut oil, honey, and stevia
  4. Stir in in zucchini
  5. Transfer batter to a greased 6.5 x 4 inch medium loaf pan, dusted with almond flour
  6. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes
  7. Cool for 2 hours
  8. Serve

Stores up to 1 week in the refrigerator

I often get asked about whether are not grains are good for you.  While I find there’s no easy answer, I can tell you that grains, including wheat, can be problematic for many people.  So let’s take a look at the ‘why’.

Although controversial (depending on who you follow), gluten has been shown to be a big problem for not only Celiac’s but also for many people who suffer the symptoms of gluten sensitivity without the full-blown Celiac Disease (CD).  Some symptoms include gas and bloating, stomach pain, joint and muscle pain, headaches, skin issues like breakouts or rosacea, nutritional deficiencies, mood and psychological issues, brain fog, fatigue, and immune system stress. 

Take out the grains and the symptoms may just disappear.

The real problem with grains:

  1. Some proteins in grains, particularly the gluten in wheat, rye, and barley, can cause inflammation.  That’s your body’s immune response kicking into gear, as it should.  But, here’s the problem:   long term consumption of these grains = long-term inflammation, which is at the root of all diseases.

  2. Grains are starchy, and starch is basically sugar.  So, consuming grains in bigger quantities, as so many people do in the United States, causes you to overdose on sugar.  Excess sugar = excess inflammation = the root of all diseases.

  3. Grains contain phytic acid (often called an ‘anti-nutrient’), a naturally-occurring substance found in plant seeds.  Phytic acid impairs the absorption of minerals like iron and zinc, which can lead to mineral deficiencies, raising your risk for bone loss and anemia.

5 tips on what to eat instead of grains:

  1. Eat more vegetables and some fruit instead of grains

  2. Use coconut or almond flour in place of wheat flour

  3. Use wraps made from vegetables like collard leaves instead of bread

  4. Use zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of pasta

  5. Use 'riced' broccoli or cauliflower instead of a serving of rice, quinoa,etc.