Beware the dreaded Grain Deficiency Syndrome. This is what will happen to you if you eliminate wheat, corn, and other grains, the foods that the USDA and U.S. Dept of Health and Human services tell us, through their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to eat more of, every day, every meal and snack. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association also all agree: Terrible things will happen to you if you eliminate grains. You will develop Grain Deficiency!

So what does the Grain Deficiency Syndrome look like? Like any other syndrome, you can recognize this condition by its many tell-tale signs:

  • Flat abdomen
  • Rapid weight loss
  • High energy
  • Less mood swings
  • Better sleep, vivid dreams, less restless legs
  • Diminished appetite, freedom from food obsessions, heightened sense of taste
  • Reduced blood sugar, reduced insulin
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced small LDL and total LDL
  • Increased HDL cholesterol
  • Reduced triglycerides
  • Reduced C-reactive protein and other inflammatory measures
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Relief from acid reflux, esophagitis, and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reversal of autoimmune conditions
  • Loss of facial and leg edema/swelling
  • Reduced migraine and other headaches
  • Reduced seizures, especially temporal lobe
  • Reduced asthma and sinus congestion

Of course, you could choose to cure yourself of this syndrome simply by taking the antidote: foods made with grains like bread, breakfast cereals, pastas, pretzels, crackers, muffins, cornmeal, tacos, tortillas, popcorn, oatmeal. All the signs of the syndrome will then disappear and you can have back your protuberant abdomen, irrational mood swings, exaggerated appetite, higher blood sugar, etc. and you will have satisfied the requirements for a healthy diet as advised by the revised Food Plate.