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Podcast #103: James Krieger on the truth about eating grains

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Podcast #103: James Krieger on the truth about eating grains

In this podcast I interview James Krieger from Weightology.net.

James is a published scientist, author, and speaker, and someone whose work has really helped me better understand the fundamentals of losing fat, building muscle, and staying healthy. He has a knack for breaking down complex ideas and systems into easily digested morsels, which is what I strive to do in my work as well.

So, in this interview, I pick James’s brain on the hot issue of eating grains. We’re hearing more and more that grains make us fatter, sicker, and dumber, but how true are these claims? Is wheat slowly killing us? Should we avoid gluten? Are some grains safer or better to eat than others? What about GMO crops? Should we worry about them?

Well, James answers all of these questions and more, so if you’ve been wondering or worrying about your grain intake, then you definitely should listen to what he has to say.

So, with that, let’s get to the interview…

TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

3:04 – What is the state of grains and should we be worried about them?

7:25 – Is wheat bad? Has it changed over time due to genetic modification?

9:59 – Should we be worried about aflatoxin and methanol?

18:09 – What type of grains are best to choose from?

19:13 – Why do you pay attention to fiber intake?

21:13 – How about brown rice versus white rice?

25:16 – What other grain sources do you like to eat?

26:23 – What if you don’t do well with grains?

29:04 – Are there concerns with studies being misrepresented?

38:58 – What’s the deal with GMOs?

44:01 – Where can people find you and your projects/work?

SoundCloud:

5:57 – What is the state of grains and should we be worried about them?

10:18 – Is wheat bad? Has it changed over time due to genetic modification?

12:52 – Should we be worried about aflatoxin and methanol?

21:02 – What type of grains are best to choose from?

22:06 – Why do you pay attention to fiber intake?

24:06 – How about brown rice versus white rice?

28:09 – What other grain sources do you like to eat?

29:16 – What if you don’t do well with grains?

31:57 – Are there concerns with studies being misrepresented?

41:51 – What’s the deal with GMOs?

46:54 – Where can people find you and your projects/work?

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  • Thank. The. Lord. Seriously, thanks for doing this podcast. I bought into the whole “grains are evil” bullshit for years, and it seriously impeded my ability to fix my diet and get lean. I try to be open minded towards the Paleo crowd, because I think there is value in SOME of what they promote, but I now have a serious, knee-jerk, pissed-off reaction whenever I hear shit like “grains make you fat”.

    Cheers!

  • Ondrej

    Wow, that was one of the best arguments about GMO I’ve ever heard. Imo, GMO is “safer” than non-GMO, because it has to go though crazy amount of tests before it’s allowed into market.

    • That may be true, but I’d like to get someone on the show that specializes in that research to really break it down.

  • David A. Schell

    Good podcast, as usual. One more question about grains, however… When I eat something like bread (which I usually don’t) I seem to have a real issue with water retention. Some of the weight gain may, of course, be due to increased calories as you discussed, but it seems as though my weight gain is out of proportion to calories, even if the grain was in the form of something like cookies. After 2-3 days of not eating grain (but continuing what I’ve been doing) the weight suddenly goes away. Am I imagining this reason (I’m not imagining the actual weight change), or is there the possibility that for some people grain may affect water retention in this way?

    • Some people definitely notice more bloating and water retention when they eat bread and other wheat- or gluten-containing foods. If I were you, I’d just not eat them.

  • GingerHead Man

    Mike I’ve been a fan of yours for several years. Listened to all the podcasts, and bought several of your books. Thus far I’ve enjoyed the guests, but what happened when vetting this guy??? His lack of understanding of the difference between genetic modification and selective breeding gives me serious doubts about his education and his qualifications to have such a platform. I noticed a couple times you had a differing opinion, but were respectful to him, and that’s admirable.
    Unlike yourself, this gentleman strikes me as a person that deliberately keeps their head in the sand. He obviously does not stay up with the research, as GMOs have been shown to be carcinogenic in overseas studies. Monsanto also conducted a study that was indicating the same, until it was deliberately cancelled.

    • Thanks for the feedback! While I don’t think James would consider himself an expert on GMO per se, he IS just sharing the generally accepted opinion among most respected scientists.

      That doesn’t mean he/they are right, of course, but it IS worth noting.

      That said, I want to get someone to really dive into the subject and explain the whole story for us. I’m gonna go looking…

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