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Nutritious whole meal – Whole grains Benefits

Whole grains such as wheat, corn, rice, oat, barley and rye are actually seeds of plants that contain a significant amount of fiber and complex carbohydrate, which is good for the body and energy generating.

We need fiber as one of the element of our healthy eating plan for various reasons and complex carbohydrate is also good even if you are trying to lose weight. It also makes a wholesome and nutritious meal for growing children.

One thing that makes whole grains somewhat different from other healthy foods is that it doesn’t need to be enriched with nutrients to obtain the maximum benefits. Actually, if it left in its natural state, whole grains are able to offer more health bonuses.

Basically, a single whole grain is made up of three different parts that is:

The Bran – A multi-layered covering that functions as the protector of the grain from pest, direct sunlight, water and multiple diseases. Due to this function, this part of the whole grain is the one that is rich in dietary fiber containing B vitamin essentials, iron, zinc, copper, phytic acid and lignans (phytonutrients).

The Germ – Important part of the grain compared to its size which is smallest part of a whole grain. It has the potential to grow into a new plant and is dense with Vitamin E, B Vitamins and other essential fats.

The Endosperm – Making up to 80% of the whole grain and consists of carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of B Vitamins. This part of the whole grain provides food for the new plant.

Whole grains contain the complex carbohydrates, which are digested slowly and energy are released in a steady manner making you feel full for a far longer time and helps to prevent energy crashes which can disrupt attention, concentration and focus. Perhaps you’ve heard about how eating carbohydrate will make you gain fat and body weight. However, if you are aiming for a near perfect healthy lifestyle, you should not abandon any part of nutrition that your body needs, including carbohydrate, which is the main source of energy. By learning, you will find out that it is actually making the right choice of carbohydrate, eating it moderately and adhering to the actual daily needs.

Besides that, whole meal is packed with dietary fiber too. Fiber is needed to help the process of digestion and to carry unwanted waste and toxin out from the body system. However, whole grains are often stripped off their goodness through refining. The product is the typical flour and wheat products. This is done for the sake of better flavor, texture, appearance and shelf life. Little concern was given to the fact that there was a huge nutrition lost such as its dietary fiber, most vitamins, essential fats and minerals.

Nevertheless, today, that isn’t pretty much of a hindrance anymore. As the world grows with people who are more concern of their health and choose to opt for better well-being, many people and growing children can enjoy whole grain as it is – that is the whole meal unrefined. More whole grain products are available nowadays at affordable prices such as wholegrain bakeries products, cereals, pasta and snacks. All the better reason as to why you should add more whole grain to your healthy eating plan.

Get whole meal. Get healthier!

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    1. Cusrom Research Papers

      The potential protective effect of whole-grain consumption against coronary heart disease (CHD) has challenged investigators and clinicians for >20 y (1). Whole-grain foods are emerging as a dietary constituent that delivers significant health benefits. Several observational studies have provided strong support for a beneficial role of whole-grain intake in reducing the risk of CHD (24). In addition, whole-grain intake is associated with a reduced risk of developing diabetes (5), hypertension (6), and some types of cancer (7).

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