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5 Healthy Whole Grain Alternatives to Wheat

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

Whether you are looking to reduce or cut wheat from your diet or simply looking for more variety in whole grains for your healthy diet, there are plenty of flavorful and healthy options out there. Whole grains are an important part of a balanced, healthy diet. Unfortunately, all carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation due to the rampant use of processed, stripped, or refined grains and other carbohydrates in many foods. With a keen eye and an idea of what you’re looking for, finding healthy whole grain is not very difficult, even wheat alternatives. Here are 5 healthy whole grain alternatives to wheat:

  1. Oats. The heart-healthy grain is standard fare for breakfast cereal, but is also a handy wheat alternative. In addition to whole oats, you can make or purchase oat flour to substitute in baking.

  2. Corn. Many of us think of popcorn or corn on the cob when we think about corn, but there is a lot more to it than that. Corn flour is a nutritious alternative to wheat and it is gluten-free, but make sure it is organic.

  3. Barley. Many folks associate barley with beer, but it can be so much more! A heart-healthy powerhouse, barley is a versatile and tasty grain you can use as an alternative in many recipes. With seriously high levels of protein and fiber, there’s no reason not to add it to your healthy diet right away!

  4. Rye. One of those distinct flavors, rye is a great alternative to wheat but not always great for all cooking or baking scenarios. The trick with rye is to look for whole rye specifically, since it is often refined or used with other refined flours. Whole rye has way more fiber than whole wheat and is also full of iron.

  5. Buckwheat. Don’t get sidetracked by “wheat” in the name. Buckwheat is a completely different grain and gluten-free. It’s great for anything from pancakes to bread, as it has a rich, nutty flavor which gives an instant upgrade to any whole grain recipe. Buckwheat is also extremely nutritious and full of magnesium.

Whole grain alternatives to wheat are interesting, flavorful, and nutritious ways to add variety to your healthy diet. Full of fiber and other nutrients, whole grains keep your body satisfied. In conjunction with moderate exercise, a healthy diet including whole grains is helpful for weight management. If you are looking for additional support, try choosing a dietary supplement with Meratrim®. Research data shows that Meratrim® can help people reach their weight management goals in as little as two weeks!

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