SUPER HEALTH GAINS FROM WHOLE GRAINS
Eating whole grains are an essential part of maintaining a healthy diet, this is because grains and products from grains typically forms a large portion of our daily meals; from rice, to cereals, pasta, bread and even snacks; therefore incorporating whole grains is an easy and sure way to make your diet healthier.
Whole grains are unrefined grains that haven’t had any of their edible parts namely the bran, germ, and endosperm removed by milling, while the refined grains are milled; a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them a finer texture and extend their shelf life, thus removing many of the essential nutrients.
Whole grains are packed full of nutrients such as complex carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, folic acid and trace minerals such iron, they are also naturally low in fat. All of this abundant goodness makes whole grains a must have healthy option.
Eating whole grain rich diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, some forms of cancer and help in reducing cholesterol levels. Whole-grain diets also improves bowel health by helping to maintain regular bowel movements, promote growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and cancer, and also contribute to a healthy nervous and immune system.
Interestingly, there is a growing body of evidence that supports that people who eat more whole grain tend to have healthier body weights and gain less weight over time than those who don’t, great news for people aspiring to lose weight or keep it off.
Despite this amazing health gains from eating whole grain meals, an average individual eats less than one serving per day, and over 60% never eat whole grains at all. This is due to the rarity of finding whole grains options on grocery shelves in this part of the world and the general perception that whole grains just don’t taste good, or that it’s difficult to work them into their daily diets.
However, these assumptions are not necessarily true, whole grains are definitely tasty and could be made into as many meal options as you can think off, besides more stores are beginning to carry whole grain options in Nigeria, So Fresh Neighbourhood Market is a good destination to find a lot of your whole grain goodies such as flours, pasta and cereals.
If whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat pasta don’t sound good at first, start by mixing with the refined ones, and gradually increase it. Experiment with different grains to find your favorites
Know Your Whole Grains; examples of whole grains are Whole-grain corn, Oatmeal, Popcorn, Brown rice, Whole rye, Wild rice, Bulgur wheat, Millet, Quinoa, 100% whole wheat flour.