Posted On 05 Sep 2009
Are bread and milk really toxins?
The processes of evolution grind slowly on. This is why there is no single diet that is optimal for everyone. Some people metabolize sugar or alcohol or saturated fats better than others. If I ate like my training partner, whose favorite food is pizza, I’m sure I’d weigh over 300 lbs.!
The truth, though, is that our successful ancestors did not eat flesh from domesticated animals or plants raised by farmers. There was no farming and, except for dogs and cats, no domesticated animals. You may be able to tolerate some modern foods better than others, but you might not want to bet your life on it.
Do you ever crave candy bars, chocolate, or hard sugar candy? Do you ever crave cow’s milk products like milk, sour cream, or ice cream? Do you ever crave bread, pasta, noodles,, bagels, or other grain-based foods?
If so, you are probably suffering from food intolerances that are causing you physical problems such as weight gain! What happens is that, when we eat foods that don’t agree with us, our bodies try to calm the irritation by releasing powerful chemicals to soothe us. If we continue to eat those foods, we can become addicted to those chemicals! That’s what causes the cravings.
There are two major food groups that our successful ancestors did not eat. It’s eating foods from these groups that causes most of the problems caused by unnatural diets.
(Of course, bread and milk do contain some beneficial nutrients. Some people can flourish physically eating them. My point is that you might not flourish physically eating bread and milk because your ancestors did not evolve eating them.)
First, the greatest source of calories consumed by humans today comes from rice, wheat, corn, barley, oats, sorghum, millet, and other cereal grains that were hybridized from a family of wild grasses. Because the seeds of the ancestors of today’s plants were much smaller than our domesticated versions and very difficult to harvest, our successful ancestors probably only ate these carbohydrates to avoid starvation in extreme conditions.
Grains are difficult for all humans to digest. Especially for those of us whose ancectors came from northern Europe, about 25% of us are genetically vulnerable to celiac disease, which is the most severe reaction to gluten-containing grains. Of those grains, by far the most problematic is wheat.
Sugar is hard on all of us, and all carbohydrates become sugar when digested. Sugar can cause joint pain, headaches, mood swings, and hyperactivity among other allergic reactions. Just as alcohol, which is sugar’s cousin, can cause hangovers, headaches, irritability, mood swings, and energy swings, so can sugar.
Second, since our successful ancestors did not consume dairy products, it’s hardly surprising that many humans today have difficulty digesting milk sugar (lactose) or milk protein. We don’t have any difficulty digesting human breast milk, and we can sometimes digest milk from goats or sheep. Products from cow’s milk are much more problematic. If you consume plenty of cow’s milk or sometimes crave cheese, ice cream, or yogurt, you actually may be allergic to them!
It’s good to be skeptical. Why don’t you test yourself? Simply eliminate all bread and other products based on grains or milk and all other dairy products for two weeks. (Doing that may be much more difficult than you think; these products are ubiquitous.) Then honestly ask yourself if you feel better.
If you don’t, you may tolerate them well. If you feel better, though, I suggest eliminating them from your diet.
In my next post, I’ll get very specific about which foods, in general, are best to avoid.