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Why Whole Grains are Not as Healthy as You’d Probably Believe


Why Whole Grains are Not as Healthy as You’d Probably Believe



Many anti keto commentators argue that paleo and keto dieting is not healthy because people miss out on whole grains. Nevertheless, this argument falls apart when one understands that the keto diet is actually a vegetable heavy diet. The carbs in most green vegetables are actually very high fiber and will not illicit a heavy insulin response, and hence are keto friendly. 

As with any nutrition plan, the paradigm never makes the diet. There are plenty of ways to not be healthy while on a keto diet (not eating green vegetables for one), but there are also plenty of ways of not being healthy on a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or standard American Diet. 

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For Raw Data from USDA: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list?fgcd=Branded+Food+Products+Database&ds=Branded+Food+Products

American Heart Association reccs: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Whole-Grains-and-Fiber_UCM_303249_Article.jsp#.WTXNahPyvEY

American Institute of Cancer Research: http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=foodsthatfightcancer_whole_grains

Whole grain consumption and all cause mortality study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27301975

Food groups and risk of all cause mortality study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28446499

To see the actual file for any of the data below: 

100 Grams and 100 Calories of Each Food. As you can see, if you examine 100 grams of each food, whole grains have more fiber before calories are controlled for.  Nevertheless, vegetables win out in nutrient density. 

However, once calories are controlled for, keto friendly vegetables are more fiber dense and nutrient dense. 


Chris Albert

Chris Albert is the host of the Warrior Soul Podcast and Founder of Warrior Soul. Chris is also a world wide trainer and nutrition coach and is a contributing author at Testosterone Nation and Muscle and Strength.

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