White or whole wheat? It’s a question that plagues your mind as you stand in statuesque contemplation in the bread aisle of your local market. Your kids like white bread. It looks clean and healthy. But you’ve heard that whole wheat is healthier for you, and you ultimately want what’s best for your family. Unfortunately, it’s easy to shrug off the supposed health benefits and grab what you know your family will eat. How much difference can whole wheat actually make?
The answer: Whole grains (which include whole wheat) can make a huge difference in your health. Every small change in your diet can produce a huge change in your energy level and impact your physical fitness to reduce stress and improve your emotional balance.
To understand this, let’s take a closer look at whole grain.
What is Whole Grain?
Whole grain foods are those which incorporate the entirety of each grain, comprised of three layers (bran, endosperm, and germ). Whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, millet, cracked wheat, quinoa, barley, and oats. These ingredients are most commonly found and consumed in bread, rice, noodles, and cereal.
If you are not including whole grains in your diet, you are probably consuming refined grains which lack two of the three layers of a grain (the bran and germ). Refined grains are heavily processed to create the white bread, white rice, and flour you typically see in grocery stores.
The Health Benefits of Whole Grain
When a grain is refined and processed to remove the bran and germ, it loses many health benefits present in a whole grain in the form of high fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein.
- Fiber helps you feel full, cutting down on portion size and aiding a diet regimen. It also maintains blood sugar and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
- Lactic acid and fiber regulate digestion, eliminating inflammation, diarrhea, and constipation.
- The chance of heart disease is reduced up to 30% via lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
- Belly fat redistributes over the body, creating a slimmer figure.
- Whole grains are rich in B vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, niacin) which are all involved in increasing metabolism.
If your diet is low in whole grain, consider ways to increase your intake and other products that make up the difference in the benefits listed above.For a higher metabolism, you can supplement your diet with products that include 7-Keto®. Clinical studies for 7-Keto® showed a 6lb weight loss in those who exercised three days each week for eight weeks. For more information, email InterHealth at firstname.lastname@example.org.