What’s The Deal With Whole Grain?

 In Nutrition

You turn on the TV and see a commercial about every 30 minutes for whole grains and how you should be eating them every day. Is this just a fad or are whole grains really something that you have to pay attention to? Well, lets take a closer look into the world of whole grains!

Common Whole Grain Foods

Many people know the idea behind whole grains but they don’t know what the actual foods are. Well, the most commonly consumed whole grain foods are oats and oatmeal, millet, rye, brown rice, and sprouted grains. Whole grains are rich in carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, and many of the essential vitamins and minerals. They are also one of the best sources of fiber, whether it be soluble or insoluble.

Health Benefits

As you have heard on TV, they are great if you are trying to lose weight. They are great for keeping you feeling full and are great sources of nutrients. They have also been found to be great for diabetics, since they are made of complex carbohydrates that don’t create a rapid spike in insulin levels. If you consume the recommended 2 and a half servings a day, you will lower your risk of heart disease by over 20 percent! The risk for diabetes is reduced by 30 percent and the risk of brain strokes is also reduced by 30 percent. If that isn’t enough, whole grains do even more! They have been shown to reduce the risk of asthma, losing your teeth, and gum disease.

What to buy

While you may see whole grain granola bars, or any other product, on the television, they may not be the best choice. When it comes to whole grains, and any other food for that matter, you will want the least refined version to get the most benefits. Obviously, you can buy all of the most common whole grains listed above in bulk at any grocery store. You can find hundreds of recipes to use with them as well.

So, if you were thinking whole grains were just a fad and aren’t that important, think again! They are one of the best food sub-groups that you need to be eating!

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