The spectacular rise in living standards in the de-the second half of the 20th century had, among other things, two consequences: 1. a decrease in the consumption of cereal products and 2. an increase in the frequency of so-called "civilisation diseases", cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, cardiovascular disease.


The explanation is simple. Everyday energy expenditure is nothave stopped declining as a result of modernisation and mechanisation. Physical exercise has become an ancillary and leisure activity. At the same time, nutritiona modified. S-gave up the old foods - wholemeal bread, cereals - simple and cheap, which hefed our ancestors for centuries. They have been replaced by more expensive, tastier products that have become accessible to everyone (meats, cold cuts, cheeses). So at the end of the 19th centuryOn average, 73% of the protein consumed in Western countries came from plants, whereas in 1985 it was no more than 28%. However, foods containing plant proteins, such as cereals, contain little or no fat, while those that provide us with animal proteins are also rich in such substances, making them difficult to digest.

Among other things, the agri-food industry has flooded the market with a plethora of sophisticated products that are very sweet or very fatty, low in complex carbohydrates and fibre, thus accentuating the imbalance produced by the mundane life. However, in highly developed countries, which are bearing the consequences of their imprudence (so-called "civilisation diseases" paid for dearly in money and human lives), the trends seem to be reversing. Nutritionists and dieticians recommend eating wholemeal bread, as in the past, and a natural diet. They note that, cereals are a rich source of substances needed by the body, and also contain certain constituents that help maintain health and even cure certain diseases.

Thus, Dr. Rosemary K. Newman, PhD at the University of Montana, found that barley and oatsfor example, have a strong anti-cholesterolemic effect, thanks to beta-soluble glycans in their structure. Also, corn contains certain substances that reduce the risk of heart disease and tooth decay. Importantly, studies have shown thatfound that cereals contain protease inhibitors and antioxidants, with the role of inactivating carcinogens. Natural dieters have achieved significant results in treating some cancerous diseases by recommending an all-grain diet.

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