Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grains once again

This is exactly what I am suspecting:  Grains, gluten and its affects on (children's) body. It's what the book Wheatbelly argues and now also what this other blogger, who  has a serious track record within nutrition advice, puts forward.

But I cannot proove it, cannot get a certificate for it, cannot get myself to do something about, because simply completely eliminating gluten from a non-celiac-child feels too complicated. Especially as long as medical doctors in this country keep repeating that, since the tests are negative, there is no reason to worry...So we do not eat gluten or grains at home, but outside our home we have somewhat more relaxed rules, just because wheat is basically everywhere and without an excuse it is very hard to be hardcore.

But I do worry. I do. Was it really all about natural 2-3 year's tantrum those mega-outbursts we used to see in our today very well-balanced girl? Why do we see rebounds always after a long week of daycare food? And if it is only about being tired, why do we see similar reaction after having been at a party? What about the sudden length growth last summer? Pure coincidence?

Or is the sensitivity just connected to the low exposure to wheat and sugar these days, and that has taken away some level of body tolerance. Kind of like the effect of alcohol, I am not going to name quatities here, but let's just say that my head is not trained for parties like it used to be back in the days (grateful for that actually)... Would seem logical that sugar shocks (wheat is sugar, or glucose) in untrained bodies would have similar effects... This is the explanation I am using to keep calm and continue as usual... but what if what the blogpost above is true? Then really, I should be standing on barricades, screaming for my children's right to a grain-free childhood, both in daycare and later in school...Somehow I am still too mainstream to do just that.

So please scientists out there: do your job! Get this sorted out, fast. And make sure all medical doctors around the world know what they are supposed to give advice on. The way things are going it's not only fake doctors jeopardizing the credibility of the medical profession here in Finland. All those incredible stories of improved health being told on food blogs around the world - that is where Finnish medical society should place their efforts, not in disclaiming these stories (as they are doing now) but trying to find out the scientific truth to how we can improve health through what we eat.

Until then, the best advice I can follow is what Michael Pollan calls "Eat nothing that your great grandmother would not have recognized as food", remembering that food culture is what our mother's (or father's) taught us to eat before industrialization took over the cooking and transferred the responsibility of nutrition to state authority dietary advice.

1 comment:

  1. Me encantó la comparación con la resistencia a alcool, eso es así!