Should You Eat Whole Grains?

I had a question come in from Glen, who purchased my program, Health For Life.

Hi Ariel,
I have read your book! Thought it was great!
I was wondering about your thoughts on whole grains?
As T. Colin Campbell at their site recommends whole grains… also seen other plant based doctors etc. recommending it… (Forks Over Knives as well)
But in Natural Hygiene it’s advised as poison.
A bit confusing…

When discussing grain consumption, it’s good to stick to the facts.

Natural Hygiene, as well as biology, understands grains as bird food for parrots, pigeons, and doves.

Many birds have a distinct organ, called the gizzard, which helps grind grains.

Have you seen chickens eating rocks and other hard bits? They do it on purpose, so these rocks can help grind.

Humans are much different and don’t have a gizzard or other physiological features of birds.

Anatomically, humans are classed as anthropoid primates, along with gibbon, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans and thrive on a diet composed almost exclusively of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

There is not one example in nature of an animal with an anatomy and physiology similar to ours that consumes grains.

Natural foods, such as apples and oranges, taste good just as they are produced in nature.

Grains, by contrast, taste unpleasant and bitter in their raw state, even when they sprout. They need to be cooked, processed, and salt and other chemicals added in order for us to appreciate their flavours.

We don’t think this approach is particularly healthy, do you?

Furthermore, and as someone once famously said: “If we observe nature, we find that all creatures are born with or develop everything they need to secure their natural food. No human has yet been born with a stove on his back or the keys to a tractor in his hand.”

I researched and studied nutrition for over 10 years. I have read countless stories of people who have destroyed their health by eating grains, whether refined or whole– it doesn’t matter, yet I still have to read a story of a single person who destroyed their health by eating fruit – on a low fat, wholefood plant based diet, that is. It’s practically unheard of.

I suffered digestive issues in the past and told my doctor about it. Do you know what his response was? Have you tried quitting grains? Yep, this was a well-known medical doctor with 50 years of experience asking me to quit grains.

The doctor was indeed right; it was grains causing my ill health; the moment I quit them, my problem vanished!

And then there is the big issue of grain addiction, which I am not going to cover in this article, but I have previously in other writings. How many times have I heard people say to me: Not Ariel, I couldn’t eat a raw food diet because I cannot quit bread or pizza. Countless times, right? By contrast, I have never heard of anybody having a problem being addicted to oranges or apples, have you?

This is not to say that grains are terrible; they are a far better choice than animal product alternatives.

But why complicate your health when you can eat fruit and vegetables instead?

The biggest irony of all is that when you adapt your taste buds to raw foods; eating just pomegranate could feel more satisfying, filling, and delightful than the most delicious pizza; take my word for it.

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7 Responses

  1. Ariel. Don,t think my comment went through. Just wants to say thank you for all the great information on raw food and the terrific recipes. Since eating raw foods i have enjoyed being wonderfully healthy and energetic. I,Ll be 81 in February and hope to enjoy good health for many more years. Whenever I eat anything besides raw foods my body tells me immediately that it was a mistake. Please continue to get this information out to as many as possible. Your friend and admirer. Angel Alexander

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Thanks for your comment Angel much appreciated!x

  2. Hi Ariel, I find it ironic that just two days earlier you posted your “Raw Corn, Radish and Cucumber Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing” recipe, which looks delicious, and today you are discouraging grains consumption. Corn is considered a grain, right? You can tell I read your posts!

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Hi Jorge, Thanks for your comment.
      Sweet corn when harvested before maturity is usually considered a vegetable. I am not completely against grains.x

  3. Dear Ariel, this is an amazing article, right at the start of the new year. Thank you for sharing in such truthful and sumple ways. Thank you for this inspiration and for the reminder. May the blessings be???

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Thanks for your comment Marina. Happy New Year! 🙂

  4. PHANI SUNDAR says:

    Human have 108 biochemical processes in their food canal. Eating only fruits will not satisfy the gut. Fructose is too close to end product Glucose.
    Humans need 40 grams of fibre.
    Ancient Millets can alone provide this fibre at optimum levels and control Diabetes, BP, cancers and 100 other diseases.
    So one should not say ‘do not eat grains’