This is Part 2 of our articles on 'Leaky Gut' syndromefrom Natural Health Writer Hilary Marks. You can read part 1 of the Leaky Gut story here... Grains are ubiquitous in our daily diet, and the daily consumption of whole grains is routinely recommended as the best way to improve digestion, become more regular and prevent all kinds of health problems. This view is so widespread that few people bother to consider whether there is any drawback to a grain-rich diet. However, there are a growing number of researchers in nutrition who are gradually, but steadily, challenging this position. According to them, humans have not been designed to eat so much grain, and the current trend to view grains as the epitome of a healthy diet may actually be damaging. Most of the traits that the human body possesses are not necessarily adapted to present conditions, but to those that mankind was exposed to during the Palaeolithic period. Long before the invention of agriculture and the ensuing switch to a grain-rich diet, humans were getting their nutrients primarily from vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and meat from hunting expeditions. Since human evolution took place under these conditions (the invention of agriculture is a relatively recent historical event), the proponents of the so-called “Paleo Diet” suggest that these are the kinds of food that we are hardwired to eat. Grains and sugars, on the other hand, are foreign substances at odds with our genetic ancestry, and they may be causing you more harm than good. In this interesting lecture, Professor Loren Cordain from Colorado State University (USA) explains this concept in detail.
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