In recent years, the push for incorporating whole grains into our diets has dramatically increased. We are told the numbers on the scale and our waistline will thank us if we switch to whole grains. On websites and TV we are reminded to buy whole wheat bread opposed to white and purchase whole grain pasta noodles when making spaghetti. This is for good reason as whole grains offer up more fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients than refined grains, making whole grains the superior choice. To create refined grains (like white flour), the bran and germ are stripped away, reducing the nutritional value of the food.
Regularly consuming whole grains helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes. Eating whole grains also assists with weight loss because it is chalk full of fiber which keeps you feeling full and controls your hunger.
Whole grains contain vitamin E, along with zinc and niacin which can help boost eye health and reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin E has also been attributed to slowing the progression of vision loss in aging adults. Vitamin E and zinc can keep you looking younger as both are great for your skin and contribute to healthy hair.
Whole grains contain many other nutrients such as vitamin B. Vitamin B assists in giving your body energy, promotes heart health, regulates mood, combats PMS symptoms and may help slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline.