Are whole grains good for gout?
Whole grains are an ancient food that has been eaten for more than 12,000 years. It is estimated that whole grains like wheat and rice nourish about one third of the world’s population. There are many studies that easily prove that eating whole grains whether it be bread or pasta lowers the risk of developing many chronic diseases including gout. Whole grains should be part of your gout diet and those that consume 3 servings a day benefit the most health-wise, a staple of the famous Mediterranean diet! Yes, that means you can eat up to 50% of your daily calories as whole grain bread, pasta, quinoa or rice! Do this and you shall live longer than the average human on the planet. Listen to the BS of gluten free from the food industry and your health will take a beating.
The gluten free folk are confused. Why? Cause authors come out like Dr. William Davis of the bestseller “Wheat Belly” and say stuff like “wheat causes your insulin to rise, your blood sugars and uric acid go higher…it makes you gain weight cause it’s starchy and it’s a carbohydrate”. Then you hear more nonsense like “well a lot of people are allergic to wheat and the gluten that is in wheat is evil cause it disrupts the digestive system and yada-yada-yada”! You know how the song goes! But we’ve been eating whole grains for thousands of years, it’s an essential part of one’s diet, my ancestors in Greece always baked whole wheat bread for generations and now all of a sudden, it’s not good for you and can devastate your health?
Come on people! Use common sense and don’t follow the fad of the day! Watch and see, in several years, this gluten free fad will have come and gone and then some other doctor will come out and write and new book persuading the masses that lettuce is no good or something. And he’s going to make millions off of lies!!! The fact is only 1% of the general population is allergic to gluten and usually those that are allergic suffer from celiac disease who are sensitive to gluten. So 99% of yous can go on and continue eating whole grains and you don’t have to worry that it’s bad for your health.
The true facts about whole grains that many studies have proven are the following: it reduces heart disease risk, it reduces risk of stroke, it reduces type 2 diabetes risk, it reduces blood pressure, it reduces asthma risk, it reduces colorectal cancer risk and it reduces inflammation in the body and gout risk. Please take a look at the numerous studies that I’ve made available to you here and you tell me if whole grains are good for you or not. Examine the evidence carefully and don’t listen to one man’s view whose goal is probably either fame and/or riches.
So where does the confusion lie?
The confusion lies in refined grains, grains that have been stripped of their nutritional value and bleached into white flour. That process is what is bad for your health and not the opposite. This process gives wheat it’s bad name nowadays and makes people confused. So what they take out is the bran and the germ of the wheat grain, the most nutrient-rich parts! What you lose are the following nutrients: vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, fiber, iron, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and more. 100% whole wheat foods and products are a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese and a excellent source of magnesium.
What you want to avoid are the refined grains like white breads, white pastas, white rice, cookies, breakfast cereals and these foods are linked to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome which gout is a part of. In the famous Framingham Offspring Study found that both insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome was significantly lower among those participants who ate the most cereal fiber from 100% whole grains compared to those participants who ate the least. This is important information for the gout sufferer to absorb and understand since gout is a metabolic disorder. You got nothing to worry about if you eat whole grains. Enjoy them but don’t be a glutton and overeat this food category, that’s not what I am saying, you do need to also eat fruits, vegetables, dairy and some protein. Yes meat is protein! You can learn more about what a gout diet should consist of in my ebook.
One of the most important functions of whole grains is the fiber content of wheat bran which is a laxative and makes you go. All you need is about a third of a cup each day in your diet to avoid constipation. So avoid gluten free products at the your local supermarket and eat 100% whole wheat breads, pastas and rices. That’s my advice for you in a gout diet!
Posted by Spiro Koulouris
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