Wholegrains - A fantastic source of complex carbohydrate

About 60% of your total dietary intake should come from Carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates supply the body with the energy it needs to function - and wholegrains are one of the best carbohydrates there is. They are found almost exclusively in plant foods such as wholegrains, fruit and vegetables, peas and beans. Small amounts of carbohydrates can also be found in milk and milk products.

Wholegrains supply you with the healthier complex carbohydrate (called complex because the sugar molecules are strung together in more complex chains than simple carbohydrates) which, like the simple version, are converted to glucose and used straight away to provide energy or stored in the liver for later use.

Unrefined carbohydrates such as Wholegrains provide far greater amounts of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

I'm sure that at this stage I don't need to convince you of the benefits of vitamins and minerals, but perhaps you aren't convinced about the role of fibre in optimal health. Although the majority of it is not digested, a high fibre diet has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. It also helps to prevent constipation and haemorrhoids.

Studies are coming out all the time reinforcing the view that fibre is vital to good health!

Sources of whole grains include brown rice, oats, corn, popcorn, millet, hulled barley, buckwheat, whole rye, whole wheat products (eg cous cous, spelt) & wild rice.

Whole grains supply B vitamins, folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Chromium, Iron, Manganese, Potassium, Selenium & Zinc (to name a few!). So you can see how VITAL wholegrains are to good health

Ideas for including whole grains your diet:

Breakfast: good old fashioned porridge and brown toast with tomato. Lunch: whole grain biscuit with yummy healthy topping - eg rye cruskit with avocado and tinned tuna; and for Tea include some brown rice with your meal - eg home cooked curry with rice - YUM!

Think you may have problems incorporating wholegrains into your cooking? Check out this gorgeous book by Simon Brown. It's not just about wholegrains though. It also outlines health benefits, shortcuts and ordering in restaurants and heaps more. I especially love the beautiful photos of the finished dishes. Makes my mouth water...

Check it out!

Anyhow, eating whole grains every day really is not difficult. Just go for the less refined 'whole' grains in all instances, and Bob’s your Uncle (or dad in my case!…)

It’s as easy as that.

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