You’ve probably heard about ‘grain free diet’ or ‘no grain diet’, but you may be wondering why in the world you would try this way of eating as it seems so restrictive. Not only are grains have a wonderful health benefits, there is actually quite a bit of food you can eat on this diet! Grains are great (they’re cheap, nutritious, low fat and full of fiber, and they taste great, too). Or are they?

Some people say grains do more harm than good for our bodies, that our bodies aren’t equipped to consume them, so we should stop eating them or greatly reduce the amount we eat.

Curb Your Food Addiction

Eating foods that are high on the glycemic index (grain foods) is associated with an addictive response. No wonder you can’t stop at just one basket of warm tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant!

Yet, eating foods that are low on the glycemic index (protein rich food, vegetables) help protect you from food addictions. If you feel like you just can’t stop craving unhealthful foods, a grain-free diet may be helpful in empowering you to break the cycle.

Reduce inflammation

Grains may contribute to inflammation, which is believed to be the root cause of many chronic diseases.

it’s worth noting that whole grains may offer anti-inflammatory benefits of their own. Unless you have celiac disease, wheat allergy, or gluten intolerance, you likely don’t need to completely cut out grains to successfully fight inflammation

Help alleviate pain

Gluten-free diets may help reduce pelvic pain in women with endometriosis, a disorder that causes the tissue lining the inside of the uterus to grow outside of it.

lower blood sugar levels

Grains are naturally rich in carbs.

Thus, diets rich in grains may cause problems for people who have a difficult time dealing with large amounts of dietary carbs, such as those with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Refined grains, such as those found in white bread, white pasta, and many other processed foods, are particularly problematic, as they’re devoid of fiber.

Support Your Heart Health

There is some evidence that eliminating grains can help lower cholesterol, LDL (not-so-good cholesterol), and triglyceride levels.

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