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At what point in time did grains become evil?

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Created April 07, 2012 at 8:24 PM

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If our grandparents ate grains and had a low rate of degenerative diseases, why are grains so bad for us?

Leptin was discovered a generation ago, leptin reset dieting a 1/4 generation ago. Low carb dieting was developed in the 1950's, or 3 generations ago. Humans have been eating grain for 500 generations, and multiplying.

When did grain eating become evil? Why? Did our ancestors miss something which has been discovered recently?

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I'll certainly agree on the volume argument, which would match pretty well with my view that major problems with high grai diets show up starting 1970-1980 time frame. I think the archaological record puts grain eating more in the 10,000 BC range,though it doesn't matter much whether it's 200 or 500 generations. The time scale suggests that we've only known of a problem for 0.2-0.5% of the time that humans have eaten grain.

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Melissa I don't see a issue of duplication. While I could have phrased the question differently the ancient vs modern comparison was not the intent of the other question.

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Grains aren't "evil", and this has been discussed before.

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  • We've only been eating grains (in quantity) for about 5,000 years, which is going to be on the order of 200 generations, not 500

  • Grains have always been bad, but since 1976 they've gotten super bad, see the book "Wheat Belly" for the full description

  • Until very recently, grains were more a side dish, now they're the main dish, so the quantity has gone up

  • Grains don't do most of their damage until AFTER reproductive age, so there's very little effect on multiplying and reproductive success, which is all that evolution cares about.

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on April 07, 2012
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I'll certainly agree on the volume argument, which would match pretty well with my view that major problems with high grai diets show up starting 1970-1980 time frame. I think the archaological record puts grain eating more in the 10,000 BC range,though it doesn't matter much whether it's 200 or 500 generations. The time scale suggests that we've only known of a problem for 0.2-0.5% of the time that humans have eaten grain.

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