Grains can be associated with leaky gut syndrome, a condition in
which the intestinal lining becomes permeable, allowing bacteria,
viruses, and larger proteins to enter the bloodstream.
High consumption of grains may be correlated with an increased risk
of autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
Grains may aggravate inflammation. A recent study linked both whole
and refined grains to increased levels of inflammtion in the body.
Grains aren't necessarily high in fiber- a cup of brown rice, for
example, contains 3 grams of fiber, while a cup of beans contains
Most grains are low in protein. Even high-protein varieties such as
quinoa have only about 4 grams per 1/2 cup serving.
Refined grains are high in carbs, and can cause insulin surges and
blood sugar imbalances.
Swapping ground nuts and seeds for cereal grains can boost the protein,
fiber, and essential fatty acid content of any recipe.
- Better Nutrition Magazine, October 2015