The secret of the whole grains
The secret of the whole grains

Not many people realize how great whole grains are for your body. A lot of people also make excuses to avoid whole grain food. For example, some people claim that whole grain foods are “more expensive” and “harder to find than other food”. While others claim that whole grain food is not tasty. Little do they know that some whole grain food costs a lot less than other chemically processed food and food like crepes, pancakes and pasta can be made out of whole grains.


What are the benefits of eating Whole Grain food?

There are many benefits to eating whole grain foods, some are nutrients, including carbohydrates, dietary fibers, several B vitamins. Eating whole grains may prevent cholesterol, lower the chance of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Whole grains can also help weight management. So, try giving up the chemically processed white bread for some healthy whole grain bread instead.


How much whole grain food should I eat?

How much grain food you need to eat depends on your age, gender, height and your level of physical activity. Most people need about 3-8(g) a day and remember ½ of the grain foods you eat should be whole grains. People who are more physically active will definitely eat more whole grains. Which is why it is recommended to eat a whole grain meal before any physical activity. Some whole grain food ideas might be whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice and whole grain bagels.


The Science of Whole Grain Kernels


Whole Grains are one of the subgroups in the overall grain groups. Whole grains contain the whole grain including the bran, the endosperm and the germ. Unlike refined grains which have to be milled(the process that removes the bran and the germ) stripping away the nutrients they give.) Which is why these grains tend to have a finer texture than a whole grain.


  1. Bran

The Bran is the outer shell of the grain, it protects the seed from danger. The Bran is rich in fiber which means you can lower your chances of getting heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In some products only the Bran is used. For example: (Raisin Bran cereal)


  1. Endosperm

The Endosperm is the middle of the grain. It provides your body with proteins and vitamins and gives you some healthy carbohydrates. Which means it helps prevent block ups in the cartilage, skin, and blood.


  1. Germ


The Germ provides nourishment for the grain. They provide vitamin B, vitamin E and antioxidants. The germs also help prevent skin diseases and obesity.


Eating whole grains may help balance levels of serotonin, the feel-good mood-stabilizing hormone, in your body. Which means when eating whole grains you will have the confidence knowing you are eating something that will help you mentally and physically. Now ask yourself, “Am I eating enough whole grains? or Am I ready  to face the consequence of refusing whole grains?". Most importantly remember to spread the Whole grain secret.


References :

Eat Healthy - Grains 

Advantages of eating grains.