Whole wheat pancakes, buckwheat noodles, mushroom barley soup—wherever we go, grains seem to follow. And this should be no surprise. In addition to being a huge part of our diets, some people often seek out certain grains for their nutritional benefits as many are filled with fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals, and can help lower the risk of disease. According to Hartman Group's 2017 Health and Wellness Report, 58% of consumers are looking to add more whole grains into their diet because of this.
It is important to know, however, that not all grains pack the same punch. For instance, refined grains, which are grains that have been modified from their original state, are a lot less healthy than whole grains. "These grains are modified from their original and natural form, thus reducing their nutrient and dietary fiber content," explains Lon Ben-Asher, MS, RD, LD/N, "This could lead to worsening blood sugar control and reduced satiety potentially leading to weight gain."
The Importance of Whole Grains
On the other hand, whole grains are cereals and pseudocereals that have retained their endosperm, germ, and bran, which are the nutritional powerhouses of the grain. This makes whole grains much healthier than refined grains. "Whole grains give us a great deal of fiber, which will help you feel full and satisfied, along with other important vitamins and minerals," explains Catherine Perez, RD of Plant Based RD and an Ambassador for One Degree Organics, "When looking at...
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