So what’s really food then?Just to put some context into this post, think about this. For 99% of human evolutionary history, agriculture did not exist. Humans were nomads and they followed their food as opposed to growing it. There was no grain and no sugar! Cut to today. Not only is grains and sugar part of the diet, they comprise 70 to 80% of energy source for a lot of people.
Fats have more than double the calories per gram than their macronutrient friends, protein and carbohydrates, at 9 calories per gram as compared to 4 calories per gram for the latter two. This is why they get a bad rep. If it was just the question of calorie in, calorie out then we could all shun fats, eat low fat nutritionally bereft foods, run for an hour a day, eat whole grains and be healthy. Oh wait! That’s what a lot of us do, and it’s clearly not working.
Let’s say that instead you grabbed a hard-boiled egg for about 70 calories (with a good deal of fat). Instead of an empty 100 calories, you will have just consumed some awesome nutrients that can help heal your body.
This is something I have realized that people who want to embrace the principles of the primal blueprint have the hardest time wrapping their heads around. So many of those who read my blog tell me proudly, ‘I’ve gone low-carb, I stopped eating chapatti with my meals.’ But on digging deeper I realize the concept of carbs and fats are so easily interchanged. They think they are eating low carb but are inadvertently eating low fat too (by buying slim milk). This is a sure step towards failure as it’s just not sustainable in the long run.
If you still think cholesterol is evil, read this story.
But aren’t whole grains healthy? Umm. Not really. Grains were technically living once and being immobile the only way to fight of predators was to produce lectins, which continue fighting in our insides causing leaky gut syndrome, gluten sensitivities, celiac disease and inflammation the bane of our modern existence.
And honestly, grains are totally unnecessary. I mean, what unique nutrients do they provide? If you want fiber, eat your vegetables, if you want antioxidants eat colorful produce, eat berries, drink some wine, if you want carbs eat fruits and sweet potatoes, if you want energy eat fats. They do more harm than good. DITCH THEM DITCH THEM!
Like I mentioned earlier, human beings got along exceptionally well without them for 99% of our existence. Why this madness about 60% of our calories coming from grains then?