WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS


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GETTING TO KNOW WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS

Lately, health specialists, media and consumers have all turned towards whole grain products. They apparently contain many nutrients while, at the same time, they are good for our health, decreasing the chance of heart disease and some forms of cancer.

The most widely spread whole grain seeds in Europe are wheat, rice, corn, oats, rye and barley, all members of the same family. All seeds share a similar structure, composed of three parts: the shell, the germ and the endosperm.

Their main difference with “white grains”   is that, while they originate from the same plant, the seeds’ treatment is different. White grain products are produced from flour made from seeds stripped of their shell. On the other hand, whole grain flour comes from seeds that still hold their shell. The shell is very important because it contains more nutrients, trace elements, vitamins and fiber, all very important for human health.

More specifically, they provide an important source of carbon hudrates, proteins, fiber, unsaturated fats, Β-Complex vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Scientific studies suggest a daily consumption of at least 48 gr. of whole grain products.

It is suggested you should always read a product’s label because brown sugar or molasses may have been used to produce a brown color.

THE BENEFITS

  • A balanced diet enriched with whole grain products may lower the risk of coronary disease.
  • A low-fat diet, rich in fiber coming from whole grain products, fruit and vegetables may lower the risk of some types of cancer, especially stomach and rectal cancer.
  • Whole grain foods are a suggested addition to the diet of diabetics and the American Diabetes Society suggests daily consumption of whole grain products.
  • Whole grain products enhance rectal function, promotes rectum regularity and daily consumption helps the human digestive system to function efficiently.
  • Whole grain products help with weight control. People who include whole grain products in their diet tend to have healthier body weight.

VASILIKI KOURGIA

Nutritionist – Dietologist
Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity
11 Polytechniou STR.
Ν. Herakleio Attikis, 141 22
tel. +30 210 29 10 336
vkourgia@dietforyou.gr