Journal, Summer 2012, Nutrient Deficiencies

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President’s Message

by Sally Fallon Morell

With the growing influence of the Weston A. Price Foundation, it’s natural that misconceptions appear about our work and message. Among these are the notions that WAPF is against grains and bread.

The campaign against grains and bread comes from several sources. One is the Paleo diet movement, which insists that our Paleolithic ancestors did not consume grains; another is the weight loss community, which notes that obesity rates have soared since the USDA gave the green light to unlimited consumption of refined grains with the release of the USDA dietary guidelines and food pyramid in the early 1980s; and finally, the very real benefits derived from avoiding grains and bread in the GAPS diet for those suffering from autism, learning disabilities, behavior problems, chronic fatigue and other seemingly intractable health problems.

But several healthy cultures that Dr. Price visited consumed grains, including Swiss villagers, Gaelic islanders, South American Indians and African tribesmen. And it is a complete myth that paleolithic peoples did not consume grains. Remains of grains have been found in the earliest Paleolithic campsites; American Indians consumed corn and wild rice; for California natives, wild grains formed the basis of the diet.

The problem is with the way grains are processed today and the overuse of grain products, both whole and refined. Proper preparation minimizes the problems with grains; and avoiding grains completely is often the only solution for those with serious health problems, problems often precipitated by a high-grain or wrongly prepared grain diet.

But the Weston A. Price Foundation is not against the consumption of grains—properly prepared of course. After all, many of our most satisfying and nutrient-dense foods taste so much better with grains in the form of bread or crackers—starting with butter, but also paté, raw cheese, caviar and rich spreads. And that is just the point: these foods, high in fat-soluble activators, help build a healthy, impervious gut wall that allows us to tolerate properly prepared grains in moderation.

The Weston A. Price Foundation dietary philosophy is not one that calls for exclusion of major food groups—we are not a diet organization that tells people they can’t eat grains or carbs, salt or sweet things, fats or dairy foods. Rather, we tell you how you can eat all these foods, what steps to take so that every type of food can be included in the diet and enjoyed to its fullest. Grains and bread, salt, sweet foods, good fats, and a wide range of dairy foods, all traditionally grown and prepared—can and should be included in our diets. The good news is that in so doing, we not only satisfy our taste buds, but also our body’s requirements for abundant nutrients.

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