The reasons why these are considered “good grains” is because they are grains that are not genetically modified or are unaltered in the planting and growing process. These grains are not only high in minerals and vitamins, they are rich in omega-3's which is a healthy type of fat we want in our diets.
The real question it comes down to… does “good grains” mean that they are what should only be in your diet? NO. We love to say the phrase “moderation is key,” this fits this topic… we don’t want to fill our diet with all grains because there are other foods that are rich in vitamins and necessary fats and minerals. This includes good fats like lean meats and fish as well as leafy green vegetables.
The reason behind the satisfaction of grains is that they expand once they hit the stomach which then gives you a feeling of fullness even though the body has not reached its adequate nutrient load so it is very important to have moderation with grains so you are able to optimally receive nutrients.
Now For the Negative, Not So Good Grains
Check the labels of the foods you like to eat that include grains. You want to see foods that have labels with organic, meaning that the grains aren’t processed or are genetically modified. If you are wanting to avoid grains completely, stick to grass-fed beef, organic fruits and veggies, and healthy oils like coconut, avocado, and olive. Stay away from processed foods in packages! One easy tip is to scan the outside isles of the grocery store and stay away from the inner isles filled with packaged foods.
Dr. Kayla McVay