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In an era of low-carb, Paleo and ketogenic diets, grains are more criticized than ever. Should you go against the grain or not? Here’s the scoop on four myths about grains.
Myth: Grains lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. People who consume whole grains have the lowest risk of dying from heart disease. Population studies also link eating whole grains to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Oats and barley, in particular, help to lower cholesterol levels, which reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease. And their fiber helps to improve insulin action and lower blood glucose levels – a big plus for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Myth: Grains contain anti-nutrients. An anti-nutrient is any compound in food that interferes with your body’s absorption of or ability to use a nutrient. They aren’t as scary as they sound. Phytic acid in grains is one of those compounds because it can block the absorption of zinc and magnesium. But it takes a lot of phytic acid to cause a nutrient deficiency.

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