In recent years there has been a growing awareness that grain or wheat products are not the best food for us to be consuming. Even though ‘conventional wisdom’ from government guidelines and numerous experts recommend that a healthful diet should consist of six to 11 daily servings. 


These guidelines also state that we should choose whole grains for more nutritional value and extra fibre. However, UCLA evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond suggests that these recommendations are the “worst mistake in the history of the human race” — for the reasons that refined grains and wheat drive excess insulin production, fat storage and heart disease. 


They are allergenic, immune-suppressing and inferior in nutritional value to plants and animals. In addition, whole grains are possibly worse due to their offensive pro-inflammatory, immune and digestive system disturbing agents.


Haters, Gluten is a Thing


All this comes down to the compound called gluten. What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat and grain products. Gluten acts like glue and it gums up your internal functions causing inflammation. Inflammation is now recognised as the actual main cause of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Gluten is also known to cause increased fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, irritability, depression, acne, eczema, lupus, migraines, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, autism, irritable bowls and dermatitis. Furthermore, it contributes to mal-absorption issues, which results in vitamin and mineral deficiencies.


“We’ve been eating grains for a long time, how can this all of a sudden be the cause of all these problems?” you ask. Well, what isn’t common knowledge is that in the 1970s wheat was genetically modified to contain more gluten and produce higher yields per harvest. The human species was never meant to absorb all this garbage gluten contained in these modified foods. The more we mess with our food, the more we mess with our health.


Please don’t make the mistake of jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon and just eating gluten-free junk food. You have to adopt a J.E.R.F. approach: Just Eat Real Food!


Is Rice Really That Bad for Us?


Life in Asia seems to go hand in hand with rice at meal times. And compared to pasta and bread, rice is a much better option! Rice has a low toxic load and the storage protein in rice is called glutelin, which doesn’t have anything to do with gluten. Therefore, rice is gluten-free. 


However, rice has minimal nutritional value — particularly white rice, as it has been stripped of almost all its minerals and fibre in the refining process. This means that the energy provided will be digested and released into the blood stream quickly. If there has been no energy demand or deficit this energy will be converted to fat and stored. I’m not saying never eat rice. I’m saying it’s a better option than pasta, there are optimal times to eat it and there are also much better options available.


Some grain alternatives and great carbohydrate sources of choice are quinoa, sweet potato, buckwheat and vegetables. The best thing is all of these are available in your friendly neighbourhood supermarket.


Phil is founder and master trainer at Body Expert Systems. Contact him on 0934 782763 or at his website or through Star Fitness ( 

Phil Kelly

Phil is an avid sportsman and loves most things fitness. With the final realisation that he would not be an All Black, he turned his full focus to studying the human body in regard to improving movement and posture, developing strength, function and performance, as well as scrutinising the conventional wisdom of nutrition for fat loss and performance. He loves challenging the 'norm' and is dedicated to the prosperity and health of his clients and the community. He has a mission to educate and empower people to "be all they can be" by providing accurate, research proven and industry leading information. 


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