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Whole Grains, Empty Promises: The Surprising Truth About the World's Most Overrated 'Health' Food [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Colpo
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Think Whole Grains are Healthy? Think Again!

“Anthony Colpo, a maverick ‘independent health researcher’ like myself, has always been after my heart with his irreverent, entertaining, and cutthroat writing style. In this book he reminds us all that no matter how ‘ingrained’ a nutritional belief may be amongst nutritionists and the general public alike, it often stands atop an enormous mountain of fragility—or in this case a pile of shi*.”~Matt Stone; bestselling author of Eat for Heat

“I think that this is the simplest yet best nutritional advice I have ever read!”~Todd

“Great, concise, snarkily entertaining analysis. Thank you Anthony for superior myth-busting!”~Victoria

In Whole Grains, Empty Promises: The Surprising Truth about the World’s Most Overrated ‘Health’ Food, independent health researcher Anthony Colpo unmercifully slaughters the healthy whole grain myth with a mountain of scientific evidence interlaced with his unmistakable wit.

For nearly a decade, Colpo has been slaying nutritional dragons and diet gurus with his scientific rigor and the unapologetic truth in a way that could almost be considered a martial art. In this book he examines the pervasive belief that whole grains are both healthy in general and healthier than their refined counterparts.

The verdict? No they’re not. And the foundation upon which the belief that whole grains are healthy is built will shock you!

In the book you’ll learn that you may be giving yourself arsenic poisoning with all that brown rice you’ve been eating, depleting your body of valuable minerals with your whole grain bread and porridge, and otherwise torturing your bowels and taste buds with spoonful after spoonful of empty promises.

Read Whole Grains, Empty Promises and decide for yourself if whole grains are really all they’re cracked up to be.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1518 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1304940837
  • Publisher: Archangel Ink (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMQVYKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 18 Mar. 2014
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Fantastic reading and exhaustive research as always from the inimitable Anthony Colpo. I highly recommend his other two books as well.
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By J. Deas
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This book is a much briefer affair than Colpo's two previous books and is certainly written in a style more in keeping with his website blogs which may put some people off. Nevertheless it contains really important information gleaned from actually reading and analyzing the extant research that turns the generally conceived and preached "whole grains are better" mantra on its head. Colpo has no axe to grind, or vested interest in being seen as a debunker, his approach is to get to the truth and he himself has had to declare his own change of direction during the course of his health and fitness journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Persuasive demolition of the whole grain myth 30 July 2014
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Anthony Colpo is a very effective debunker of cherished nutritional dogmas, and this little book is no exception. OK, the combative style may not be to everyone's taste, but he has a gift for summarising research and the information seems sound.

The issue with whole grains is that while the bran contains many of the nutrients, it also contains most of the anti-nutrients intended to protect the grain from mammalian digestion. Colpo demonstrates pretty convincingly that the damage caused by the anti-nutrients significantly outweighs the potential benefits of the nutrients.

Essentially, he shows that the evidence quoted for the benefits is generally derived from poor quality epidemiological studies with huge confounders: the wholegrain-consuming population have healthier lifestyles on a number of dimensions such a lower smoking, lower fat levels and higher exercise levels which make it impossible to tease out the impact of wholegrain consumption in any reliable way. In addition, these studies are often funded by commercial interests.

On the other hand, none of the carefully designed clinical trials replicate these claimed benefits. This more rigorous evidence suggests that at best whole grains are no healthier than refined grains and that there is good reason to believe that they may be causing some quite severe problems.

My only disappointment is that he doesn't really address the question of the degree to which traditional preparation methods (sprouted grain, low-temperature milling and long proving with sourdough yeasts) neutralise the anti-nutrients in the bran and make the nutrients more bio-available. Though to be fair, I suspect that there is little research evidence one way or the other.

On the precautionary principle, I think Colpo makes a convincing argument for avoiding whole grains, at least as a major part of the diet. For the modest price of the ebook, it makes for an informative read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of diagrams and charts 12 Dec. 2014
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I have the kindle version of this book which was hampered by the lack of diagrams and charts that are referred to in the text. The book effectively debunks the claim that wholegrains are healthy by examining several epidemiological studies from which these claims arise and basically picking holes in them. It points out that there have been no randomised clinical trials to support the notion that wholegrains are good for you. Quite a short book with no heavy science so easy to understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why eating wholegrains won't do you any good 18 May 2014
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Anthony covers the actual research that has been done on wholegrains over the last 40 years and uncovers some of the reasons why they actually do more harm than good.

This book is really a long essay such as you would have in a university style dissertation but is written in a more irreverent and humorous style. I have read lots of nutrition books and most of the material is new to me.

The main message is that eating vegetables and fruit will do you a lot more good than eating wholegrain cereals and if do are going to eat grains and rice eat the white equivalents and give your guts a rest.
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