In this months article by Charles Poliquin:
Question of Strength: October
by Charles Poliquin
Carbs, Hot Asians, and Oatmeal
Q: My Asian girlfriend eats all the carbs she wants and still has abs. I can eat too much healthy oatmeal and lose my abs in a heartbeat! What gives? Is this really a genetic or ethnic heritage difference?
A: Two things here. First, Asians are part of the 25% of the world population that are carbohydrate adapted. Provided they're plain carbs, they can eat them and still remain lean.
Asians can tolerate carbs more because their culture has had agriculture longer than other cultures; they're adapted. (On that same note, perhaps soy is bad for Caucasians but not so bad for Asians. Think about it.) But, most Asians can't tolerate diary. It just hasn't been around long in their diets.
Second, you're not Asian, and oatmeal is the most common food allergen. It comes from the grass family after all.
In 2001 I ran blood work on every single one of my clients using six different labs. Oatmeal always came out as the most frequent food allergen. It can raise cortisol and lead to the storage of fat in the abdominal area.
I'm anti-oatmeal, especially for Caucasians. Quinoa may be a better choice.
Anybody ever hear of that before? Any studies to back it up?