What is a Whole Grain?
A whole grain, whether it’s oats, barley, wheat, bulgur, or a host of others, contains every part of the grain. The three parts include:
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• The bran: a health-promoting, fiber-rich outer layer that contains B vitamins, minerals, protein, and other phytochemicals.
• The endosperm: the middle layer that contains carbohydrates, proteins, and a small amount of B vitamins.
• The germ: the nutrient-packed inner layer that contains B vitamins, vitamin E, and other phytochemicals.
It’s the synergy of these three components that makes whole grains life sustaining. The refined carbs described earlier have been stripped of their health-promoting parts. When grains are “refined” to make white flour or white rice, for example, the bran and the germ, and all their powerful nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients are stripped away, leaving a starchy substance that is to whole grain what soda pop is to 100 percent fruit juice. They can make it into bread, but they can’t make it healthy!
Whole grains are essential to health. They provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and other nutrients that are simply not available in any other effectively synergistic package. All healthy diets rely on them. Despite the fact that whole grains form the base of most food pyramids, indicating that they should be a significant part of our diet, many Americans fail to eat even one whole grain serving a day! Men and women who eat whole grains have a reduced risk of twenty types of cancer, according to a 1998 review of forty observational studies, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.
What is a “Super Food”?
Well, the most important thing for everyone to know is that superfoods are easy to find in every local supermarket. They’re worth looking for!
These nutritional powerhouse foods are loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life.
If you can include a variety of them in your diet, everyday, we promise they will change your life!
These foods were chosen because they contain high concentrations of crucial nutrients, as well as the fact that many of them are low in calories. Foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers.
When you click on each superfood you’ll find information including a list of the primary nutrients that elevated them to superfood status.
This is not meant to be a complete list of every single nutrient that food contains, but rather, a list of the high-profile nutrients that have shown health benefits and that are present in that food in sufficient quantity to make a difference. Many of the superfoods have “Sidekicks”. These are foods that are generally in the same category as the flagship superfood and offer a similar nutrient profile.
So click around and find recipes and tips on how to incorporate these foods in your daily diet.