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Surprising Link Between Eating Grains & Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, & Dementia | Dr. Mark Hyman

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For nearly all of our history, humans consumed no grains, and our bodies are designed to work very well without them. Today, however, grain-based foods are by far the number one source of calories in the American diet. While whole grains can be a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, the toxic amounts we eat contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Plus, most of the grains we eat—even whole wheat—are turned into flour products which have a higher glycemic index than table sugar.

In today’s episode of my series I’m calling Health Bites, I talk about why grains are such a contentious food, how to tackle the pros and cons of whether it belongs in your diet, and which grains are actually okay to eat.

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  • Gail Roberts says:

    Its caused a lot of sicknesses

  • lakerslovewater says:

    Our issue in Canada is the same, the economy runs on wheat, canola and corn sad to say. Unfortunately Canada Food guide will never tell ppl not to eat these.

  • Reno says:

    I am subscribed to one doctor(bald one to not out the name) who says grains is good for the heart and body and yet others say they are bad. I don’t know who to believe anymore😢

    • Melina says:

      Los granos ya son genéticamente modificados, busca información por ese lado y verás que aquí te están diciendo lo correctamente saludable.

  • Michelle Boudet-French says:

    So disappointed in you! Societies have lived for thousands of years on mostly grains and legumes!

    • Always Learning says:

      Obviously he is a shill for someone who wants you to eat their products and not grain. I unsubscribed as I am tired of his crap.

    • Mr Push says:

      I’ve made the same point w all these grain haters.

      I believe it’s the crap they grow and spray on the grains thats caused the problem!

  • Bonnie Helms says:

    I eat wheat berries and farro. Also short grain brown rice and quinoa. I buy them in bulk.

  • Lynne Reust says:

    Is steal cut oatmeal cooked with eggs and MCT oil in it ok?

  • Howard Jackson Buskirk says:

    Thanks, very informative ❤️.

  • Susan Carvey says:

    Eziekiel bread? Sprouted wheat?

  • Dove eyes says:

  • Dove eyes says:

    ORGANIC no flour Ezekiel sprouted ?

  • T says:

    💯👌thank you Dr. Hyman

  • Coromi1 says:

    I’ve heard that women get get hormone problems on a keto diet. Seems like a little bit of carbon hydrates help with female hormone health. Also, they seem to give some people more energy and power. I don’t mean the sugar high but consistently.

  • cg123 says:

    Have you seen the proposed or newly formed food pyramid for us. If its true its absolutly insane.

  • MrQuadcity says:

    The key takeaways are:

    1. **Rise in Health Issues with High Grain Consumption:** Hyman correlates the increase in obesity, metabolic diseases, and other health issues in America with the high intake of grains, as recommended by the 1992 food pyramid.

    2. **Misleading Marketing and Subsidies:** He criticizes the food industry for deceptive marketing of ‘whole grain’ products and points out the significant subsidies for grain production in the U.S., which contribute to a diet heavy in processed grains.

    3. **High Glycemic Index of Flour:** Even whole wheat flour is highlighted as having a high glycemic index, potentially more harmful than table sugar, and linked to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia.

    4. **No Essential Carbohydrates:** Hyman argues that unlike essential fatty acids and amino acids, there are no essential carbohydrates. He suggests that the nutrients found in whole grains can be obtained from other sources.

    5. **Problems with Modern Wheat:** The development of modern wheat varieties, such as dwarf wheat, which is high in amylopectin and often treated with glyphosate, is criticized. The increased gluten content in modern wheat is also discussed as a potential contributor to autoimmune diseases.

    6. **Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease:** A significant portion of the population may be adversely affected by gluten, and an elimination diet is recommended to test for sensitivity.

    7. **Misconceptions About Gluten-Free Products:** Hyman warns that gluten-free products can still be unhealthy if they contain refined grains, sugars, and unhealthy additives.

    8. **Impact on Blood Sugar and Metabolic Health:** Grains, even ‘healthy’ ones, can adversely affect blood sugar and metabolic health, especially in individuals with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or obesity.

    9. **Gut Health and Overall Well-being:** The discussion links the health of the gut microbiome to a range of conditions and suggests that modern wheat and gluten, among other factors, are partly responsible for prevalent gut-related health issues.

    10. **Recommendations for Grain Consumption:** Grains should be treated as an occasional indulgence rather than a staple. When consumed, they should be whole, organic, and preferably gluten-free. People with specific health conditions may benefit from reducing or eliminating grain consumption.

  • mona c says:

    Sugar is the link to dementia.

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