• Chelsey Hoffman

Healthy Tip: Whole Grains

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

Whole grains have an image problem. Media headlines and fitness magazines warn that eating whole grains can make you fat and sick but evidence-based research tells us different, whole grains are health-promoting! Whole grains are the seeds of certain grasses that store their energy mostly as complex carbohydrates. The most common whole grains are wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats, millet, quinoa, and rye. *Brown rice & whole wheat pasta*

So what does research tell us?

1. Consuming whole grains decreases your risk of obesity.

2. Reduces your risk of chronic illness. 3. They help you live longer!

Diabetes is commonly associated with high carbohydrate foods. An analysis of 16 studies found that 3 servings of whole grains per day reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 32%. Another analysis of 66 studies found similar results: 26% decrease in the risk of developing diabetes along with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease!

So go ahead and whip up some delicious veggie fried rice sauteed in veggie broth, fresh garlic, loaded with your favorite veggies and seasoned with liquid aminos!

P.S. There is so much confusion surrounding healthy eating/diets. As a rule of thumb: any diet that cuts out superfoods such as whole grains should be approached with caution. What long-term, evidence-based research are these diets using to back their beliefs?

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