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What is less evil- whole grains or refined grains?

Answered on October 13, 2013
Created October 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

So ive bern "paleo/primal" for quite a while now, at the beginning i wad super-strict, but moved now to a more moderate approach of the diet, i eat potatoes/rice after most workouts, have some full-fat, organic yogurt nearly daily and some quality cheese here and there.

Today, after nearly 2 months of grain abundance, i ate a small slice of an full organic pizza with wild-caught salmon, organic zucchini and organic spinach on it- and yes, it contained wheat!

But i tell you what- i have no regrets!

I came to the conclusion, that diet is not everything in life and that the strictest diets are often the ones that are being quit again- and im thinking that this step of "enlightement" actually makes me happy.

Furthermore i think that some grains maybe every 2 months will not kill me, or have ANY affects on my health, since i dont have celiac disease or anything similar.

So- i of course will eat a very nutrient-dense, paleo based diet, and will of course make wheat not a staple of my diet , will consume it very unregularly, then only highest quality and - with consciousness!

But- at the point of quality- i started thinking- what would probably be the best choice in terms of wheat?

Would it be whole wheat or refined wheat?

(maybe any specific sort of, that WOULD be the best, if I, in the case of such a "cheat", actually had the chance to choose?)

Thank you, looking forward to your smart abswers :)

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on October 12, 2013
at 06:46 PM

why sourdough?

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on October 11, 2013
at 10:50 AM

i dont think in most cases this would be sourdough...

generally said- what is better ( less evil) to health? Whole Grains or Refined Grains?

..without sprouting, eating it as sourdoughs etc....

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on October 11, 2013
at 10:39 AM

(with "sort" i mean sorts like rye, spelt....)

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on October 13, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Refined.

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on October 12, 2013
at 10:52 PM

The whole Roman Empire army was based on white bread, and later, after they gained access to the Atlantic, also a tsbp of cod liver oil per soldier per day. The bran was the staple of pigs diets. Soldiers were punished by being fed barley instead of white bread. This might be due simply to white flour not spoiling, although if you buy whole wheat flour at the supermarket today it has had plenty of chances to spoil. The other possibility is that sourdough white bread is more nutritious than whole wheat.

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on October 12, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Without proper fermentation: refined grains

With proper fermentation: whole grain sourdough bread

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on October 12, 2013
at 06:51 PM

If you believe in the anti nutrient story, then whole grains having the outer layer are giving you more of those problem nutrients. Sourdough supposedly reduces the anti nutrient values. Refined flour strips most everything away and then they add it back. Choose your poison, I mean grains. When I was actively making and eating sourdough, I felt less issues with the grains and therefor tended to eat more. Eat more, gain more weight. Glad to be off that weight train.

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on October 11, 2013
at 11:22 AM

neither is more or less evil, if your more sensetive to gluten then maybe you want to go with white bread, if you have problems controling your blood sugar maybe you wanna go with whole grain; neither is ideal, try to use some common sense.

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on October 11, 2013
at 10:39 AM

as long as its made into sourdough, whole grains are far better

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on October 11, 2013
at 10:50 AM

i dont think in most cases this would be sourdough...

generally said- what is better ( less evil) to health? Whole Grains or Refined Grains?

..without sprouting, eating it as sourdoughs etc....

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

(416)

on October 12, 2013
at 06:46 PM

why sourdough?

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