Grains Are Good For Us… Right?

Dr. Sears' Blog: Grains Are Good For Us… Right?

You want to be sick, have low energy and take a handful of medications?

Of course not. Your health is more than just eating what most people believe is “healthy.” You need a basic understanding of the hormonal effects of the food you eat. We often hear, “but I eat organic, free-trade, hand-milled, seven-grain, sprouted, whole-grain breads and pasta just like the USDA Food Pyramid recommends.”

The problem is while it’s politically correct, it’s poor nutrition. Consuming too many carbohydrates elevate blood sugars and insulin. When you compare the vitamin and mineral content of various carbohydrates, the non-starchy, colorful vegetables far exceed those from grains.

If you believe that grains are the staff of life, and you need them in your diet, you may find Dr. Sears’ new baked goods to be an excellent substitute without the drawbacks of “regular” grain products. For information go to “Why It Works” and the “Science Behind It”

Wait, you said grains are not as good as vegetables. Correct. That’s why Dr. Sears recommends adding in non-starchy, colorful veggies (Mediterranean) to his Zone baked goods.

If you want to look and feel better, here’s a recipe that will offer you a quick and easy way to experience a Zone meal.

Zone Pasta Primavera


  • 1 package of Zone Fusilli
  • Olive oil spray
  • ½ cup red bell pepper – matchstick cut
  • ½ cup summer squash – matchstick cut
  • ½ cup zucchini – matchstick cut
  • ¾ cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice mix (oregano, thyme etc.)
  • 1 leaf Swiss chard
  • Parmesan cheese – sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cook fusilli as directed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat skillet sprayed with olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Sauté red pepper, summer squash, zucchini and red onion quickly. Remove while al dente (a little crunchy).
  4. Add vegetables to a large bowl and toss with drained pasta. Lightly spray with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Place on Swiss chard leaf. Enjoy pasta and the Swiss chard.

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About Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the impact of the diet on hormonal response, genetic expression, and inflammation. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 45 years to the study of lipids. He has published 40 scientific articles and holds 14 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He has also written 14 books, including the New York Times #1 best-seller, The Zone, which have sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 22 different languages.

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