I am just wondering if anyone could point me to some studies demonstrating the negative affects of whole (not processed/refined) grain consumption. Preferably I'd like them to be done on healthy individuals, but if not that's fine too. Post what you can.
Thanks in advance.
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If you pick and choose diet trials measuring risk factors you can make a case for either side, so I generally look at the Diet and Reinfarction Trial since it had actual clinical endpoints.
Basically, over 2000 heart disease patients were randomized into two groups and told to either increase their fiber intake by switching to whole grains or do nothing and keep on eating them refined grains.
After 2 years there had been more coronary heart disease events, CHD deaths, and deaths in general in the group eating the whole grains. None of these results reached statistical significance, though CHD deaths was likely quite close.
It's no smoking gun, but I don't presume whole grains to be some deadly food or anything so I guess I'm not surprised.
In his book, Cancer: Disease of Civilization?: An Anthropological and Historical Study, Vilhjalmur Stefansson reported on a presentation made by Stanislas Tanchou in 1842 to the Paris Medical Society.
Tanchou, a physician and surgeon, spoke on cancer, and claimed he could predict the exact rates of cancer in the major European cities, and based his predictions on the percentage of grain consumed in each city. His predictions were recorded, and over time, were shown to be completely accurate. In the cities where grain consumption levels were high, cancer rates were high, and vice versa.
And Weston Price, in his research in the 1930s, showed that in fact, in hunter gather societies where no grain is consumed, cancer does not manifest. This is why Stefansson called cancer "a disease of civilization".
Not a study per se but I've always found that interesting.
heres a study...(and a trillion more in the related studies..) let me know what you make of it all
or heres what seems like a well formed argument after reviewing the evidence the survey says.... http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/6/23/the-argument-against-cereal-grains.html
I doubt such a study would find funding or that anyone would even conceive it as useful, but it would be really interesting to see how much of the SAD malaise is caused by acellular carbohydrates rather than problematic proteins and such.
I think considering grains as a whole is too simplistic. For example it looks like wheat cause heart disease while oat is good for your heart.
I am disillusioned by the paleo approach. Thank god this affair only lasted a month. I return to my grains and my mediterranean diet.
"Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat???s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread. Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat???s milk. At Christmas and Easter, they would slaughter the family pig and enjoy small portions of larded pork for the next several months."