Drop that white bread! Grains are an essential part of your diet, but eating white bread and other grain food products that are made with enriched flour offer little nutrients to sustain you through the day. The key to getting the most out of your grains is to seek out whole wheat or whole grain breads, pastas, etc. The best way to check your food? Flip it over to the nutritional information and find the ingredients list. Is the first thing listed whole wheat or grain? Then you are good to go! If it reads “enriched” anything then put it down and never look back! Let’s explore exactly why whole wheat is best and how to get more of it into your diet!
Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy diet may
reduce blood pressure
One study found a 19% lower risk of hypertension among men who ate more than 7 servings of whole grain breakfast cereal a week compared with those who ate one serving or less.
Eating whole grains may help with weight management
Fiber-containing foods such as whole grains help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories
Consuming foods containing fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, may reduce constipation
Although not the sexiest perk, the fiber content in whole grain foods keeps bowel movements regular. And they help ward off diverticulosis, the condition in which little pouches form in the colon wall, causing inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, and pain.
They support a healthy immune system
Whole grains are sources of magnesium and selenium. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium protects cells from oxidation.
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