Whole grains are much healthier for you compared to refined grains. Here are a few facts for you to think about during your next adventure to the market: eating foods containing whole grains are tasty, nutritious and contain dietary fiber which can help lower your cholesterol levels, risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Because you will feel ‘full’ faster from ingesting whole grains, you will most likely eat less and lose a little weight in the long term. Whole grains contain vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis for proper homeostasis and keeping your immune system in tip top shape. Refined fibers can’t help you…period.
Whole grains can be eaten as a main meal with vegetables and protein sources or can be a wonderful side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Read the nutrition labels when shopping for whole grains. Just because the bread looks ‘brown’ doesn’t mean it’s made of whole grains (there could be molasses, sorghum, brown beer or other products that will alter the color of refined grains and white flour).
Whole grain foods to look for at the market (non-GMO are best if you can find them) include: whole wheat, whole grain barley, whole oats, oatmeal, wild rice, red rice, brown rice, black rice, popcorn (hold the butter, please), whole grain corn, millet, buckwheat, and graham flour.
Enriched grains are food products that have lost their vitamins and nutrients during the processing phase. Vitamins and nutrients are added back into the grain product after the milling process. These food products are not as good for you as whole grains.
Refined grains (think ‘white’) are those food products where the germ and the bran have been removed through processing. This increases the shelf life of the food. White flour, white rice and white bread fall into this category. These products are not as good for you as they have no dietary fiber left after the processing stage.
The La Vie En Or program at the Golden Acupuncturist ™ is offered only at our clinic. This plan focuses on your personal health goals and creates a weekly itinerary designed just for you that includes acupuncture, exercise, stress reduction, and nutritional education (how to plan meals prior to grocery shopping, creating lists and, if needed, simple and easy meals to prepare). To learn more about whole grains, nutrition and La Vie En Or, please email or telephone our office to schedule a consultation.