While a high intake of refined grains is definitely linked to health problems like obesity and inflammation, whole grains are different!
There are legitimate health benefits to eating whole grains, including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Grains are the seeds of grass-like plants called cereals. Some of the most common varieties are corn, rice and wheat.
Some seeds of non-grass plants (pseudo-cereals), are also considered whole grains. These include buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth.
Although some enriched refined grains have had some vitamins and minerals added back, they are still NOT as healthy or nutritious as the WHOLE versions.
Whole grains are high in nutrients and fiber!!
Here are some of the key nutrients found in whole grains:
Fiber: The bran provides most of the fiber in whole grains.
Vitamins: Whole grains are particularly high in B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin and folate.
Minerals: They also contain a good amount of minerals, such as zinc, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Protein: Whole grains provide several grams of protein per serving.
Antioxidants: Several compounds in whole grains act as antioxidants. These include phytic acid, lignin and sulfur compounds.
Plant compounds: Whole grains deliver many types of plant compounds that play a role in preventing disease. These include lignans, stanols and sterols.
Whole grains are very good for you! Make sure to make them a regular part of your diet!
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