Whole Grains Should Wear A Superhero Cape
Whole grains often get a bad rap as they are primarily a carbohydrate so get placed in the same bucket as doughnuts, chocolate, and cake. Whole grains are far superior in terms of the health benefits they can provide your body. Yes, whole grains have carbohydrates, but they also provide a matrix of additional health benefits to help prevent disease and improve your body’s functioning.
Some of the health benefits above simply energy from the carbohydrate includes fibre, vitamins, and mineral like iron to allow oxygen to be transported throughout your body. Also zinc for an optimal functioning immune system. B vitamins to allow your body to make energy from the food you eat, and magnesium needed for normal nerve and muscle function. Phosphorus and manganese for strong bones and copper needed for making red blood cells and maintaining your nerve cells. Whole grains also contain antioxidants to help fight off free radicals which can cause damage and disease to the cells of your body.
Research has shown that millions of deaths were attributed to low or no intake of whole grains. Whole grains are not the enemy; they help to keep you alive! On top of this whole grains help to reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. By simply enjoying 3 serves or 48g of whole grains daily, which can include 6 like Corn Thins® slices making one of those serves, you are reducing your risk of heart disease by 1/3rd.
If you are interested in sustainable living the EAT-LANCET commission, an independent commission recommends the inclusion of whole grains. By eating whole grains you are looking after the health of the planet not just your body.
Try making the swap from white bread, white rice and refined crackers to whole grain containing breads and cereals, couscous, quinoa, and whole grain containing crackers or crispbreads, like Corn Thins® slices. If you find the taste hard to handle at first, try mixing half white, half whole grain until your tastebuds adapt.
Take home message: Your body deserves optimal health and one of the key components to this is including whole grains in your diet. If you are stuck for ideas on how to use like Corn Thins® slices check out the library of ideas available on the like Corn Thins® website http://www.cornthins.com/en