Is Regular Cereal Healthy To Eat? Off the top of my head, I would say absolutely not. This is because most of them have too much salt, oil and sugar. Also, they are refined. But, now I am doing an experiment with eating grain differently. How so, you ask? I will explain…
I stopped eating all grain (whole and refined) for some time, but currently am trying out sprouted grain cereals (and, bread) made by ‘food for life’. I am giving it another go, but eating it whole.
All grains may not be so bad, as long as you eat them this way. But, what does whole mean? Who defines what whole grain actually is? Is it the AACC international cereals and grains association? Or, the OldWays Grain Council?
“I use ‘Food for life’ bread and cereal for my test. They say it’s more nutritious. You might want to read what they have to say about their breads and cereals, etc. on their online site. They also make ‘gluten free’ products. I would never recommend any product I did not use myself [1 https://www.foodforlife.com/about_us/sprouted-grain-difference]”.
I also have gone back to oatmeal two ways. I eat rolled oats and steel cut. Steel cut take longer to cook, so when I am feeling lazy, I eat rolled oats which take only a few minutes. I don’t buy the instant because they usually have a bunch of sugar. Both I buy are organic.
‘I was looking for an organic ‘sprouted’ non-GMO oatmeal, but they came in pouches with brown sugar. I use Stevia and not sweeteners like honey or maple syrup’ ~ your author
When you stop eating grains the way most people like to eat them, you discover very quickly how much of your diet contain grains. The problem isn’t necessarily grain you are eating, it’s how it’s made. But, its goodness or badness depends upon who you ask.
No doubt, processed and refined foods in general (AKA the standard American diet) have caused many ailments, conditions and diseases. But, if you intend to eat healthy, eating plant based whole food has been proven the healthier path.
‘Whole grains are defined by the American Association of Cereal Chemists International and the FDA as consisting of the “intact, ground, cracked or flaked fruit of the grain whose principal components, the starchy endosperm, germ and bran, are present in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact grain [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3078018/]’.
When I gave up refined grain products like regular cereal, crackers, chips and bread, I searched for substitutes (but, also lost more weight as a result.) I really love eating grain.
My research on grain has gone around in a big circle because there’s so much contradictory information out there. One so called authority believes it to be healthful while another does not.
So, who’s the ultimate authority to believe, anyway? And, these guys who are truthful and have the facts and research to back up their findings probably don’t have a best seller book, either.
For example, some doctors proclaim grain is good and others say it’s bad and you should avoid it altogether because of its gluten. Currently, I am still experimenting with how eating organic sprouted grain makes me feel, because it still has gluten, but is supposed to be more digestible because it’s sprouted. In the end, you must trust your body to be the absolute judge of what you eat.
I can’t conclude grain is completely good or bad for you because my own personal study is an ongoing experience. But, what I can say, it’s always fun to eat rather than go on a starvation diet that dishes out tiny portions. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love foods made from grain. Example, spaghetti and pizza crust.
Who wants to leave the dinner table hungry! Heck, not me! So, for now, I’m eating whole intact sprouted grain products. I haven’t eaten ‘gluten free’ ones lately and I seem to be doing OK on products which have sprouted wheat.
Maybe, you want to experiment with eating whole sprouted grains yourself? But, be forewarned; eating grain isn’t for everyone. My best advice is to listen to your body and how it feels after eating anything.
“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9
Source- 1 URL foodforlife.com/about_us/sprouted-grain-difference
Website Title Food For Life
Article Title The Sprouted Grain Difference
Date Published February 01, 2019
Date Accessed July 06, 2019
2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3078018/
Website Title The Journal of nutrition
Publication Month May
Publication Year 2011
Article Title Putting the whole grain puzzle together: health benefits associated with whole grains–summary of American Society for Nutrition 2010 Satellite Symposium
Date Accessed July 05, 2019
*3 The evidence doesn’t look too good in favor of eating grain
*Photo courtesy of ‘Food for Life’.
**Eating grain products isn’t for everyone. For example, their bread and cereal have ‘malted barley’ which I don’t eat. Although, I do eat their corn and whole grain tortillas. If you are concerned about your teeth and cavities, be sure to read this page about grain.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet. I don’t receive any compensation for promoting Food for life grain products.