Factors that led to a High Intake of Grains

June 15, 2010

Summer days TTVFollowing on from last week’s article “What’s wrong with a high intake of grains?” we continue to explore the misconceptions of high intake of grains.

So, if a high intake of grains is not good for us, the question that pops to mind is;

Why do most of us believe they are actually good for us?

Why have grains become such a focal point of our day to day diet?

There are many pieces to the puzzle. We will begin with the obvious first:

  • Advertising
  • Social programming & pressures
  • The availability of grains
  • Promotions

Now looking in more depth:

Grains are everywhere in our society & are saturated through all cultures and in all places.

Grains have been embraced by society & have become the foundation for our meals.  This is why they can be seen through a range of shapes & forms in all food outlets including;

  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants
  • Café’s
  • Food Courts

Essentially, all places that are licensed to sell food will have something  that contains grains.

Just for a moment, consider:

  • You walk down the first aisle in the supermarket and you notice cereal or perhaps its muesli bars or maybe pizza bases.
  • Every time you go to a restaurant the waiter brings complementary bread or rolls.
  • You’re at home and you decide you make a super healthy ham and salad sandwich
  • Or how about enjoying a refreshing ice cold beer at the football or other sporting event

Everywhere you go you are presented with the opportunity to consume grains & because of this growing availability of grains the majority of us will give in to temptation, eating them even when we don’t realise it or want to but through pure convenience if nothing else.

This grain domination has happened because society has been socialised to believe that grains are good for us. We have grown up with the notion that we need to have a balanced diet consisting of the four major good groups including:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Grains

As a result of these beliefs few of us have had the opportunity to hear any negatives about grains, which has resulted in few questions challenging the idea that grains are a good for you.

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