More on Grains

Now a little more details on why grains are so bad for you. The list I put together below is just the tip of the iceberg .

Phytic Acid

Phytic acid has been labeled an anti-nutritient because it forms insoluble complexes with minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron. Research has demonstrated that phytic acid does in fact inhibit mineral absorption including magnesium, one of the most common mineral deficiencies we see along with zinc.


Lectins as with phytic acid inhibits mineral absorption classifying it as an anti-nutrient. Lectins has also been shown to induce an inflammatory response which can be the underlying cause of many of the diseases seen today. Scientific literature also shows that dietary lectins can dramatically reduce natural killer (NK) cell activity directly and through disruption of intestinal flora. Natural killer cells are one of the body’s most important defenses against viruses and other invaders.


Protease inhibitors interfere with proteolytic digestive enzymes, primarily trypsin and chymotrypsin which has a dramatic effect on protein metabolism.

Alpha-amylase inhibitors

Alpha-amylase inhibitors not only prevents starch absorption but has also been demonstrated as an allergen in a number scientific studies.


Alkylresorcinols may have anti-nutrative properties that inhibit growth and even possible kidney damage. However there has been an increased push towards discrediting these effects in humans, they have yet to show any clear cut evidence of these effects do not occur.

Molecular mimicking proteins

Molecular mimicking proteins found in grains contain peptide sequences which remain undigested and which can enter into systemic circulation. Because these peptide sequences are homologous to a wide variety of the body’s tissue peptide sequences they are able to induce autoimmune disease via the process of molecular mimicry.


By coachrouse

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