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My son has been recently tested for celiac (no results yet) and I've had him on a gluten-free diet for about 2 weeks. His symptoms are improving, which is the good news, but what I'm curious about is if he needs grains? He naturally chooses starchy fruits and vegetable-based carbs (but likes sugary foods) and really doesn't care much for grains or breads (unless there's cinnamon sugar on it). Sooo...looking at the label of the bread, doesn't look that healthy to me, and I'm inclined not to have him eat it, and he doesn't love brown rice much or other whole grains. However, I learned growing up that I needed a grain to make a complete protein. He likes sweet potatoes. Does that grain rule hold true?

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No. He doesn't need grains. Remember the old food pyramid that said something like you need 10 servings of grains a day. How fat would I be if I ate that much grain? (Do you smell a connection between some grain lobby and that food pyramid?)

 

Can he do nuts? www.elanaspantry.com has great recipes using almond and coconut flours.


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I agree, grains are definitely not necessary. By removing grains, there will be more room for more nutritious foods. I removed them from my diet over a year ago, and I'm the healthiest and happiest I've ever been.

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Then what's the story of complete protein? Is that a myth also? Thanks for the link--I love it!


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Then what's the story of complete protein? Is that a myth also? 


http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegetarian-paleo-diet/

 

http://happyherbivore.com/2010/12/vegan-paleo/

 

http://paleosecrets.com/vegetarian-paleo-diet/


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No, he doesn't need grain at all.  As for the "complete protein" thing - is he vegetarian?  Vegan?  If he's eating eggs or meat then it's not even something to think about.  The complete protein thing only ever applied to people who were trying to get their protein from vegetable sources, although it has been debunked regardless.

 

The links SundayCrepes posted didn't clarify it for me though, but this one did: http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/protein.html  Particularly the chart near the top of the page that shows amino acid content of vegetables. 


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duh.gif I was thinking that because of the vegetarian thing. I used to be vegetarian, and I got dogged all the time about complete proteins. Forgot meat was complete. He sure eats meat. Thank you so much for the links and the answers. :)

 


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