|March 30, 2005|
Low Carb or Not... Grains Are a Must
Go ahead. Have a piece of bread. Have three. But, make it whole grain, and you'll be following government advice for eating right.
Three servings of whole grains each day will reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It doesn't have to be bread. Brown or wild rice, oatmeal, cold cereal flakes, popcorn -- without the salt and butter -- and even trail mix will do.
Beware, just because a bread slice is dark, or a cracker looks grainy, doesn't mean the whole grain is there. They could be darkened by molasses or other coloring.
You need to look on the ingredient list to make sure you've got whole grains. The words "whole" or "whole grain" should come before the grain ingredient. And that should be the very first thing listed.
A whole grain is the entire seed or kernel -- from such grains as wheat, oats, corn or rye. They are packed with fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and besides helping guard against heart disease and diabetes, they contain cancer-fighting antioxidants and other nutrients.
THE WHOLE ADVICE: Three daily servings of whole grains will reduce risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the government says. Besides bread, oatmeal, cold whole grain cereal flakes, brown or wild rice, popcorn (saltless, butterless) and trail mix will do.
PRACTICE: Most Americans eat one serving or less each day, the Agriculture Department says. One reason could be that it's difficult to identify foods with whole grains.
HOW TO KNOW?: Look on the ingredient list to make sure whole grains are there. The words "whole" or "whole grain" should come before the grain ingredient, and that should be the very first thing listed.
Wash down those grains by drinking copious amounts of water. Drinking
water flushes fats out of your system as well as increasing your metabolism.
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