Whole Grains! Give your mouth a treat, it matters to your health.
Posted by ONIE Project on 10/23/2013
Beyond just loving whole grains, I can't stop raving about ALL of the health benefits of eating whole grains. MyPlate recommends you fill one-quarter of your plate at each meal with grains – and that at least half of the plate is whole grains. Most of us get enough grains in our diet but not enough whole grains.
Vital to Your Health
Whole Grains Keep You Strong
I am super busy. Whole grains give me the energy I need to keep up. They are loaded with B-vitamins that play a role in metabolism. Feeling energetic, I am more confident in my day. Whole grains are packed with minerals like magnesium and selenium which build bones and strengthen your immune system. Whole grains are also rich in folate and iron. Folate builds red blood vessels. Iron carries oxygen in the blood.
Whole Grains for a Long Life
∂ Eating whole grains may help you live longer and gain extra protection against diseases that creep up with age.
∂ They lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
∂ They help prevent and control type 2 diabetes, partly by helping control weight.
∂ They protect the cells in your body from damage that leads to cancer.
A Good Way to Boost Fiber
Whole grains contain a great deal of fiber. Fiber has a long list of health benefits, from helping you feel full longer after a meal, to losing weight, to keeping you “regular.” Americans don't get enough fiber. In fact, most of us get less than half the fiber we need every day: 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Most whole grains are packed with fiber.
Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
Whole grains digest a little more slowly, so you're less likely to binge on junk foods. People who eat more whole grains, like oatmeal or brown rice, gain less weight than those who fill up on refined grains, like white rice or white bread. Many more people are choosing whole grains now instead of white bread or white rice. The process to make refined grain products, like white bread, strips out bran and germ, removing important nutrients.
Smart Ways to Add Whole Grains
Even TV chefs start are praising the taste of whole-grain pastas and brown rice. The taste can be nutty and firm. Here are a few easy tips to to get more whole grains in your diet.
∂ Substitute a whole-grain product for a refined product –
Eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread
Cook brown rice instead of white rice
Use whole-wheat pasta instead of white pasta
Put turkey dogs on whole-wheat buns
Switch to whole-wheat tortillas