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Bah, Humbug: Experts Dismiss "Grain Brain"

(Whole Grains Council) One very welcome Christmas present came a few days early, this year, when the highly respected magazine The Atlantic published a new article titled, “This is Your Brain on Gluten.” Written by James Hamblin, MD, this article examined the anti-grain views in the book Grain Brain.
Dr. Hamblin’s conclusion? Bah, humbug. No, he doesn’t use those exact holiday-spirit words; instead he refers to Grain Brain as “one-sided pop-science” typical of fad diet books. He says,
The recurring formula is apparent: Tell readers it’s not their fault. Blame an agency; typically the pharmaceutical industry or U.S. government, but also possibly the medical establishment. Alluding to the conspiracy vaguely will suffice. Offer a simple solution. Cite science and mainstream research when applicable; demonize it when it is not…
Hamblin concludes by saying, “When a person advocates radical change on the order of eliminating one of the three macronutrient groups from our diets, the burden of proof should be enormous. Everything you know is not wrong. Perlmutter has interesting ideas that I would love to believe. I’d love it if a diet could deliver all that he promises.” Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. 
If you care about good nutrition, and hate to see the confusion sown by fad diet book authors, we encourage you to read the whole article in The Atlantic.
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