You know thinking leads you in all different directions and my thought was, "what is it about grains that make them so healthy for us and such a big part of the food pyramid?"
Then I thought if I look up the nutrients in grains and was able to get all those nutrients into our diet from fruits, veggies, meats, and dairy I would have a sound argument. Well I did find it so I feel comfortable telling you that you don't need those 6 servings of grains as the FDA wants us to believe.
I created a great chart that list all the nutrients one needs and then what foods you will find those nutrients in. Everything we need including carbohydrates can be found in foods other then grains, and that is great news to me.
I don't have all veggies listed because that would take up a whole page and day to read, but a lot of information can be found at http://whfoods.org/
Here is some great reading on the importance of eating our veggies.
Nutrients from Plants
Many people have complications from Gluten Sensitivity because their natural nutrient level is off.
Since I am not a doctor or scientist I am not sure why that is. But I can tell you Noah's and Anastasia will get extremely pale with dark circles under their eyes when they are sick. The reasoning is the nutrients have been eliminated by the contamination of their normal nutrients.
I have found that Noah can swallow adult pills so when he is very sick I give him an adult serving of the naturally accruing spirulina. I found it to have many naturally according nutrients he needs badly when he becomes contaminated.
Anastasia cannot take adult pills so I had to find a liquid with as much nutrients as the spirulina. I found liquid chlorophyll. I turned it into a lemonade with 1/2 a lemon and 2 teaspoons agave nectar.
Spiruline benefits from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirulina_%28dietary_supplement%29
Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein with, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source. It is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine, and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs, and milk. It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes.
 Essential fatty acids
Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and arachidonic acid (AA).
Spirulina contains vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, and vitamin E.
The bioavailability of vitamin B12 in spirulina is in dispute. Several biological assays have been used to test for the presence of vitamin B12. The most popular is the US Pharmacopeia method using the Lactobacillus leichmannii assay. Studies using this method have shown spirulina to be a minimal source of bioavailable vitamin B12. However, this assay does not differentiate between true B12 (cobalamin) and similar compounds (corrinoids) that cannot be used in human metabolism. Cyanotech, a grower of spirulina, claims to have done a more recent assay, which has shown spirulina to be a significant source of cobalamin. However, the assay is not published for scientific review, so the validity of this assay is in doubt. The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada in their position paper on vegetarian diets state that spirulina cannot be counted on as a reliable source of active vitamin B12.
Spirulina is a rich source of potassium, and also contains calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
 Photosynthetic pigments
Spirulina contains many pigments, including chlorophyll-a, xanthophyll, beta-carotene, echinenone, myxoxanthophyll, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, diatoxanthin, 3'-hydroxyechinenone, beta-cryptoxanthinand oscillaxanthin, plus the phycobiliproteins c-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin.
Benefits of chlorophyll from http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/chlorophyll-liquid-16-fl-oz/sku-1683.aspx
•Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing functions of the body.
•Promotes strong immune response.
•Deodorizes the body, including the bowel.
Chlorophyll [Intestinal] is the green pigment in plants that harnesses the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Chlorophyll performs metabolic functions in plants such as respiration and growth. Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule is chemically similar to human blood, except that its central atom is magnesium, whereas that of human blood is iron. Liquid Chlorophyll may help improve immune response and deodorize the body. The alfalfa plant, from which Nature’s Sunshine’s chlorophyll comes, is an excellent source of chlorophyll. Nature’s Sunshine offers chlorophyll in both liquid and capsules for varying needs.
Health Benefits of Chlorophyll from http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-guide.com/chlorophyll-benefits.html
True enough, chlorophyll has been seen to provide health benefits to those who take them. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Here are some of the known chlorophyll benefits:
• It has been seen to help in the growth and repair of tissues.
• Chlorophyll helps in neutralizing the pollution that we breathe in and intake everyday - a good supplement for smokers
• It efficiently delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying the much needed oxygen to all cells and tissues.
• It is also found to be useful in assimilating and chelating calcium and other heavy minerals.
• It had been seen to have a good potential in stimulating red blood cells to improve oxygen supply.
• Along with other vitamins such as A, C and E, chlorophyll has been seen to help neutralize free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.
• Chlorophyll is also an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath, urine, fecal waste, and body odor.
• It may reduce the ability of carcinogens to bind with the DNA in different major organs in the body.
• Chlorophyll may be useful in treating calcium oxalate stone ailments
• It possesses some anti-atherogenic activity as well.
• It can be used to treat infected wounds naturally.
• These are only a few of the multitude benefits that chlorophyll can do to the body.
• It has antimutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties so that it may be helpful in protecting your body against
toxins and in reducing drug side effects.