Whole grains, an OrganWise Guys Foods of the Month, are a great food to incorporate when wanting to make small tweaks in your diet towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s not such a drastic change, but switching to whole grains will provide you with that all-important fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion.
Here are some interesting facts about whole grains:
- Whole grains are unprocessed grains such as wheat, corn , rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, and rye.
- The word “whole” in front of a particular grain means that the grain is in its “whole” form and thus has not been refined, which is the process that removes the bran and germ from the grain.
- Refining a grain makes it less healthy because it removes dietary fiber, iron, and many vitamins.
- Eating whole grains has been shown to reduce risks associated with obesity, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
- When reading a food label, be sure to read the ingredient list on the package to make sure the word “whole” is listed with the first ingredient (example: whole grain flour).
Try some of our favorite ways to eat more whole grains:
What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate whole grains into your diet?