Whole Grains: Important for a Healthy Diet by Ashley Terry
Grains are an important part of our daily diet. While the most commonly consumed grains are wheat and corn, the kind most of us eat on a daily basis are usually highly processed. Highly processed grains are grains which are refined and significantly modified from their natural state. This process removes the outer shell of the grain and creates a refined flour. When grains are ground into flour, they act the same way as sugar does in the body and spike blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels can result in inflammation, weight gain, and high blood-sugar.
Experts argue that we should be eating whole grains, because they have multiple health benefits. Whole grains contain higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber, which helps keep the body fuller longer. Whole grains help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower the cholesterol, reduce the risk of developing type two diabetes, and may protect against some cancers. As an added benefit, some whole grains are gluten-free, making it a viable option for almost any diet.
The top five whole grains are:
- Rye – full of fiber and iron.
- Quinoa – packed with protein, vitamin E, calcium, and it is gluten-free.
- Oats – also gluten-free, and can stabilize the blood sugar.
- Barley – can help prevent gallstones.
- Millet – can protect against breast cancer and repair body tissue.
The ‘Whole Grains Council’ has created an official packaging symbol called the ‘Whole Grain Stamp’ that helps consumers identify real whole grain products. The stamp appeared on store shelves mid-2005 and is becoming more widespread today. Everyday there are more and more studies that show the benefits of eating whole grains. So, what are you waiting for? Make whole grains an essential part of your diet!
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