Grains and carbohydrates…

As of recent I have significantly reduced the amount of grains I include in my diet. This is because I have noticed my body has a negative reaction, sore tummy, bloating and flatulence (if you’re not sure what that is google it), when I consume a lot. This dramatic reduction has caused controversy amongst some people around me who jump to the conclusion that because I don’t eat much grains I don’t eat carbs. This is a common misconception.

Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient, which is where your body gets energy from, other macronutrients are protein & fat. But it is the type of carbohydrate and the source of carbohydrate that is important. There are carbs in grains, vegetables (in varying amounts), fruits, legumes and dairy, there are more foods than people commonly think.

Because I have reduced my grain intake, I replace where I would usually eat grains with something with equal or a more nutrient dense food than those grains would supply. For example, instead of rice I would eat quinoa which is a carbohydrate and also a complete protein (it contains all the essential amino acids).

Although I have reduced my grains, I still eat a small amount and not more than a serve a day. While reducing grains has worked for me, it doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. If you are considering reducing your grain intake I suggest talking to a health professional and listen to what your body is telling you and taking note of how your body reacts to certain foods.

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