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Posted: 12/19/2018 5:28:00 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2018-12-19
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Guide to Healthy Eating
Grains are seeds of grasses.
They, along with the Kentucky bluegrass and rye grass in
your lawn, are plants from the family Poaceae, the grasses
of the earth. Grasses are so ubiquitous and prolific that
creatures have evolved that are able to survive by
consuming them as their main source of food.
Ruminants such as cows, goats, sheep, giraffes, gazelle,
and antelopes are able to digest grasses because they
have undergone extensive evolutionary adaptation over
millions of years that allow them to subsist on grasses
as a food supply. For instance, ruminants:
- Grow teeth continuously to compensate
for the wear caused by sand-like particles, or phytoliths,
in grass blades. They also lack upper incisors, replaced
by a bony dental pad on the top of the mouth to help seize
hold of grasses. In contrast, you, a non-ruminant, grow
teeth twice in a lifetime, only during childhood and
adolescence, and have proud bite-worthy
- Produce copious quantities of saliva.
A cow typically produces 100 quarts or more
saliva per day, compared to our
1 meager quart.
- Have 4-compartment stomachs to break
down the cellulose of grasses. You have a 1-compartment
- Regurgitate grasses to chew as a cud.
While you may have the urge to chew, it certainly is not
for regurgitated wads of grass fiber.
- A lengthy spiral colon that provides
greater digestive exposure to further break down the
components of grasses, unlike our relatively short
colon with a couple of 90-degree turns.
- Harbor unique microorganisms in their
4-compartment stomachs and spiral colons that express
the cellulase enzyme and other enzymes to break down the
otherwise indigestible components of grasses. We have a
relatively sterile stomach and upper small intestine
with virtually no microorganisms that express a
cellulase enzyme. While our colons harbor
microorganisms, they cannot digest any substantial
quantity of cellulose.
If you, proud member of the non-ruminant species Homo
sapiens, were to grasp a stalk of 18-inch tall
semi-dwarf wheat, you can’t eat the roots, nor the
stalk, leaves, or husk. You can, however, isolate the
seeds, remove the husk, then dry, pulverize, and heat
them. You will then have something–porridge or flour–that
can yield something you might view as food. But seeds,
just like the rest of the plant, have components that
are indigestible, such as wheat germ agglutinin, D-amino acids,
gliadin (partially digestible), and trypsin inhibitors,
among others. (The one component that is
digestible is amylopectin A, accounting for the
exceptional glycemic potential of wheat and other seeds
of grasses, explaining why two slices of whole wheat
bread increase blood sugar higher than
6 teaspoons of table sugar.)
You don’t look or smell like a ruminant. Why would you
eat like one? When you try to make like a ruminant, all
manner of health disasters result from gastrointestinal
distress, to autoimmune diseases, to various forms of
allergy, to heart disease, to cancer, to dementia.
Humans are not adapted to consumption of grasses,
seeds or otherwise.