Please Explain: Grains

Friday, April 05, 2013

Grains have been a cornerstone of the human diet since the dawn of civilization. We'll find out about the wide variety of grains and the difference between whole, refined, and enriched grains.Abdullah A. Jaradat, USDA Department of Soil Management Research, and Maria Speck, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, explain.


Abdullah A. Jaradat and Maria Speck

Comments [15]


Fascinating segment, thanks!

I do recommend following up on what the previous commenter pointed out -- arsenic. It has been found in American organic rice and you'd have to be a moron to eat that now... what other grains and foods, including the ones discussed here, are poisonous?

Great "Follow Up Friday" topic.

Apr. 09 2013 09:23 PM
john O'Sullivan

Not sure why your grain guests didn't address the concerns of the lady that called in re; ARSENIC in brown rice - Are we just meant to ignore her plea for help/info........we are not all sheep.

Apr. 05 2013 02:03 PM
Alan from New York

For the person Leonard mentioned wanted to know where he could buy emmer: Try Whole Foods. I was able to buy farro there.


Apr. 05 2013 02:00 PM


Super-great segment.

Thanks for this!!

...'specially compared to "Hipster Hydroponics"!!

Apr. 05 2013 02:00 PM
Ana from Brooklyn

I was told that because grain was not in our diet originally from the beginning of humanity, grain brought all kinds of problems with introduction of carbs into our diet. Please explain.

Apr. 05 2013 01:57 PM
mark from Brooklyn

Wild rice is a grass

Apr. 05 2013 01:55 PM
Mark from Brooklyn

Hops are flowers.

Apr. 05 2013 01:52 PM
Dr. G

Humans have not eaten grains for 3 million years. They are not digested properly because we haven't evolved with the enzymes to digest proteins in them, like gluten. They cause an inflammatory reaction in the body, which is associated with many diseases from acne and allergies to hormonal abnormalities. Grains,dairy, and beans were not a regular part of the human, paleo diet.

Apr. 05 2013 01:51 PM
jersey jim from Brick, NJ

Please comment on Genetically Modified grains; if the guests think there are advantages or if they see potential long-term risks re: bugs that pollinate.

Apr. 05 2013 01:51 PM
Morton Rich from Warren County, NJ

For those of us who are gluten sensitive, barley is the worst offender, much more toxic than wheat.

Apr. 05 2013 01:49 PM
zach from brooklyn

what about the fact that humans were not made to digest wheat. There are several accounts of humans getting violently ill the first time the ingested wheat and bread.

Apr. 05 2013 01:48 PM
olga kuchukov

Hi, please talk about phytic acid and how to prepare all seeds, nuts and grains to make them actually digestible to the human digestive system.

Thank you!

Apr. 05 2013 01:48 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Is modern rice a modified grain? What is Minnesota wild rice?

Apr. 05 2013 01:43 PM
gi from brooklyn

..I wanted to here him finish informing us about the biochemistry of the ancient grains before he was rudely interrupted.

Apr. 05 2013 01:38 PM
Amy from Williamsburg

My husband said that we should not eat quinoa because the demand in wealthier countries is making this Andean grain too expensive for locals to afford. Any update on this ethical dilemma? Frankly, I don't like the flavor, although I know that it is supposed to be very nutritious.

Apr. 05 2013 01:08 PM

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