Grains and Health: Misinformation and Misconceptions
Recently, grain consumption, especially wheat, has been blamed for obesity, diabetes mellitus, other chronic diseases, food addiction, and impaired brain function. Popular press authors and food bloggers claim that eliminating grains is essential for optimal health. A review of nutrition and medical literature reveals that there is little evidence to support claims that wheat causes these conditions. Where scant data do exist, correlations are simply associations and do not prove causality. It is important for food and nutrition professionals to use scientific evidence regarding grains and health to dispel misinformation and misconceptions.