THE WHOLE GRAIN REVOLUTION
Is it just me, or is it all about whole grains these days?
On my last trip to the grocery store I noticed whole grains popping up everywhere. I found that foods like waffles, saltines, macaroni and cheese, and pie crust, all provided a whole grain option to their standard, white-flour recipes.
Walking down the baby food aisle, I was surprised with the amount of products that contained whole grains. Cereals, snacks, jar foods, and even foods like cookies and animal crackers, were all boasting the whole grain label.
What does it mean for a product to be whole grain? It means that the bran, endosperm, and germ portions of the grain are all left intact.
How do I know if I am eating a whole grain product?
If I look at the label on the back and the first ingredient in the list is whole-grain flour.
Are Americans becoming more health-conscious, or are we just following another food fad? Either way, the benefits of eating whole grain foods are of scientific fact.
According to an analysis conducted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, “A diet high in whole grain foods is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.”
Whole grain foods are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent the unwanted condition of premature aging. Most importantly, they help prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes type-two.
Whole grains are also helpful in regulating a healthy body weight. Fiber makes us feel fuller longer. A single-serving of whole wheat bread will make us feel as if we have eaten two servings of white bread. Don’t forget that it sweeps out the colon and helps the body rid itself of nasty impurities.
Government recommendations suggest that individuals should eat 3-5 servings of whole grains a day. It is also said, that adults should make sure that at least half of our carbohydrate servings come from eating whole grains.
Should you join the whole grain revolution? I know that I have.
The new whole grain foods that I have tried out have all had a great taste and healthy texture. I am trying to look around for more products to test out.
I’m not going overboard, though. Some things are just too tasty the way that they are. Leggo my Eggo. Take your hands off my cherry pie. I have got to draw the line somewhere.