Whole Grains For Triathletes? Please Stop This Nonsense!


Another article from the governing body of triathlon telling me that I should have a “minimum of three, one-ounce servings of whole grains daily” because  “…besides supplying premium muscle fuel, quality carbohydrates are filled with health promoting vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber.”

Continuing along we read that “a recent study found that consuming three to four servings of whole grains daily, while limiting refined grains to one serving or less is associated with lower amounts of that troublesome deep abdominal fat — which is linked to hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Consuming these grain kernels in their whole state (with seeds intact), not only protects us from many chronic diseases, but brings a variety of flavors and textures to our diet that go beyond the familiar brown rice and whole-wheat pasta choices.

Oops!  They forgot to add that consuming these grains will help set the stage for gastric distress including but not limited to bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome, IBS,  as well as chronic inflammation, infection and also acne, a bit of joint pain, some chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, poor quality if sleep and inability to train and recover properly, just to name a few of the vast number of consequences associated with ingesting these sneaky little toxins.

Yes, this happens to all of us, even if we don’t experience symptoms straight away.

Triathletes do not need to eat grains.  None of us need to eat grains.  There is nothing in any grain that we cannot get from other, real food sources in a superior quality.  

Do yourself a favor and nix them, if you haven’t already!