Health benefits of Whole Grains

Whole grains are cereal grains which retain the bran and germ as well as the endosperm, in contrast to refined grains which retain only the endosperm. Whole meal products are made from whole grain flour.

Common whole grain products include oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, whole wheat flour, sprouted grains and whole wheat bread. Common refined grain products include white rice, white bread and pasta (although whole-grain varieties of pasta are available in natural-food sections of stores).

Whole grain products can be identified by the ingredient list. Typically if the ingredient lists "whole wheat", "rolled oats", or "whole corn" as the first ingredient, the product is a whole grain food item. "Wheat flour" is not a whole grain, and therefore does not indicate a whole grain product. Many breads are coloured brown and made to look like whole grain, but are not.

Whole grains are often more expensive than refined grains because their higher oil content is susceptible to rancidification (producing unpleasant odors and flavours, from the word ‘rancid’), complicating processing, storage, and transport.

Whole grains are believed to be nutritionally superior to refined grains.
They are richer in dietary fibre, antioxidants, protein, dietary minerals (including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), and vitamins (including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin E).
Health benefits of Whole Grains Health benefits of Whole Grains Reviewed by Admin on June 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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