Before coming up with this good question, studies have already suggested that grains aren’t really good for the human body. Why? Mainly because of its significantly high carbohydrate content.
A good example of this is the total carbohydrate content of cooked white rice which is a whopping 28g per 100g serving, compared to the same serving of spinach which only has 3.6g. The same quantity of multi-grain bread has a whopping 43g total carbohydrate.
The food pyramid conspiracy
As you look closely at the food pyramid, you’ll notice that the ideal consumption of grains — which is found in bread, cereal, and pasta — is the highest among all other food groups with at least 6 servings per day. According to science, this is awfully wrong!
The only reason why the governments are pushing grains is because of economical aspects. Grains are easy and cheap to produce and can be stored for a much longer period, so it’s easily sold overseas. Get the idea? There’s money in grains, so the government keeps on promoting them as the healthiest food source.
Grains elevate insulin levels
According to studies, the number one health problem in the society is the chronically elevated insulin levels.
There is a very narrow range to which the blood sugar should stay; otherwise, it would cause death. Insulin has the main function of lowering blood sugar levels after the consumption of sugar or carbohydrate (which will also be converted to sugar).
People are very fond of sweets, or just anything with sugar in it. When there is so much sugar in the blood, and the insulin doesn’t know what to with it anymore, the sugar is being stored as fat.
Additionally, a constantly high level of insulin causes inflammation in the body. Eventually, cells become resistant to insulin. This is when diabetes takes place.
Alternatives to grains
For sure there are many other healthier food choices out there that you could include in your Paleo meals as an alternative to grains.
Grain free alternatives to bread:
- Are you craving for tortilla? You can make your own at home.
How to prepare:
Mix zucchinis, flax meal, coconut flour, egg, and garlic cloves in a food processor. In a flat surface, spread mixture into circles then bake. You might want to make more of it for future use.
- Baked eggplants are great alternatives for breads when making sandwiches.
- Salad wrap is also a healthier choice. Just make use of lettuce instead of pita bread.
Grain free alternatives to pasta:
- Spaghetti? Yes, you can! Just make use of “zoodles” (noodles made of zucchinis) instead of the commercial pasta.
How to prepare:
Depending on the thickness you want, you may use a vegetable peeler, julienne peeler, or mandolin. It’s up to you if you want to eat the zucchini noodles raw or cooked. You have the option to either bake it or boil it, or sauté it.
- What about Lasagna? Oh yes, you can! You have the option to use baked zucchinis or baked mashed cauliflower as a substitute to your lasagne pasta sheets.
Grain free alternative to rice:
- Cauliflower Rice? You read it right. Cauliflower rice is just basically the head of the cauliflower lightly mashed to look like rice. It’s a tastier and healthier alternative!
How to prepare:
Wash the fresh cauliflower and let it dry completely. Chop it into small florets and put it in a food processor. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté with onions for approximately 10 minutes or until soft.