Sunday, March 10, 2013
The only reason I can find for that is that grains and/or the combination of grains are addictive. Because I just can't imagine that grains alone taste that good to anyone, maybe neutral, but not so good that they are hard to give up.
Think of wheat in any form: whole kernels, whole wheat flour or white flour. Then think about anything you can make from just wheat and water. Does it really taste that good? Let's even add some salt and some yeast so you can make bread. Does bread alone really taste that great? Or is it really the things that we eat with bread that makes it tasty: butter on top, meat, cheese and veggies to put in the sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate spreads, now all that makes the bread sound a lot better. Even just bread dipped in olive oil with garlic is pretty good. But bread by itself or pancakes made just with flour and water taste incredibly bland, something to fill the stomach in a real emergency. So given all the dangers of eating grain, in particular the very high carb content, why not have all the other things that make grains taste good instead: milk, eggs, meat, olive oil, butter, vegetables, even dark chocolate, garlic and herbs.
The same really goes for rice as well. I ate at a Chinese restaurant the other day and the portion were plenty big for two people even without the rice, just meats and veggies and a yummy sauce.
The same actually goes for sugar as well. Sugar by itself is not that great. Just see if you could eat about 5 teaspoons in a row by itself and really enjoy it. But if you add dairy, eggs or nuts and other high-fat items and other flavors it gets interesting. So the same thing applies. How about having all those other things and using a healthier sugar substitute if you must have the sweet taste. For most people sugar alcohols like Xylitol or Eryhritol and also Stevia are better options than sugar. And maybe you will find that the sweetness can be reduced gradually to where very little sweetness will go a long way. At least that has been my experience.