Eat spelt. Be happy.

Posted at Dec 15, 2011 | Posted in  Health, News | By Katherine | No comments

I’m no fan of fad diets. So naturally, when I saw this headline about  “The Happiness Diet” I was skeptical. But I didn’t have to read far into the article to find myself agreeing with the authors, Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Tyler Graham.

Processed foods are stripped of vital nutrients and mood boosters, such as magnesium and vitamin B12, experts say. (Robert Sullivan / AFP – Getty Images file )

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Undernourished brains, the authors say, go hand-in-hand with overweight bodies — and they back up these claims with voluminous amounts of data. Thanks to big agriculture and the food industry, our grocery stores are full of food loaded down with added sugar, refined carbohydrates and vegetable fats, like corn oil. Our refrigerators contain factory-farmed meat and dairy products.

“These foods, the authors say, are stripped of vital nutrients, such as magnesium and vitamin B12, and essential fats, such as conjugated linoleic acid. You’ll find these natural mood-boosters in whole grains and leafy greens, but also in grass-fed beef and full-fat dairy, which dieters tend to avoid for fear of gaining weight.”

I haven’t read the book yet – but I did put it on my Christmas list.

We talk a lot about the nutritional value of spelt – especially in its whole grain form. How the nutrients in this ancient grain have not been compromised over the years through hybridization or genetic modification or over-processing – making it a healthier alternative to common wheat. We also talk about how great it tastes.

But we’ve never claimed it would make you happy – unless, of course, just being healthier is enough to make you happy.

The best part about this book, from what I’ve learned so far, is that the authors emphasize the importance of eating real food.  That, and the fact that they have the science to prove that all those processed foods we consume not only make us fat, they also make us sad.

I’d love to hear from anyone out there who has already read the book? What did you think?

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to a happy evening and tomorrow – having just cooked up some whole grain spelt pasta for dinner, and mixed it with some sauteed kale and roasted butternut squash.


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