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What are the health benefits from Whole Grains?
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





I’m sure that everyone has heard about whole grains. Certain products are 100% whole grain while others contain traces of whole grains. It’s difficult to walk through an aisle and not find a product which has a whole grain label stamped on it. But how many of us actually know the health benefits that this particular food group has to offer. Sure, we may know that we need to eat more of it, but do we know why?

The truth is, a lot of people don’t know about the health benefits from whole grains, because if they did, they would be consuming a lot more of it. Well, in a nut shell, this particular food group is extremely rich in nutrients, such as: protein, fiber, b-vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. It can also improve bowel health by maintaining regular bowel movements and promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon. Also, once you start removing white bread, white pasta, and white rice from your diet, you will start to feel lighter and more energized throughout the day. And if that isn’t convincing enough, substituting your white flour products with 100% whole grain products can help you shed a few unwanted pounds.

With all of these health benefits it is surprising that more people are not consuming the recommended daily dosage of this food group. It is wise for the average adult to consume three servings of whole grains daily in order to reap all of its health benefits. So why not improve your health by eating something that is beneficial and delicious.




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