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Why Switching To Wholegrain Could Boost Your Health

 

We’ve all heard that wholegrain is better for us, and wherever we can, it’s better to eat wholegrain as part of a balanced, healthy diet. But why is this, exactly? What are the health benefits of wholegrain and why is it important? Metabolism and weight loss are amongst some of the most well-known benefits, but here are a few other less well-known advantages that you maybe haven’t considered before:

 

The difference between wholegrains and refined grains

Grains are present in a number of the foods we eat, such as cereals, bread and pasta. They can be divided into refined grains (typically used in ‘white’ foods such as bread and rice) and wholegrains (found in wholewheat bread, pasta, etc). Wholegrains feature the three components that make up the grain – the bran, endosperm and germ, whilst refined grains remove two of these elements, leaving just the endosperm. Removing these elements means that some of the nutritional value is lost, which is one reason many people prefer to eat wholegrain foods.

 

The health benefits of wholegrain

They offer multiple nutrients

Wholegrain foods contain a number of nutrients including fibre, protein and antioxidants. They also feature a number of vitamins and minerals, in particular B vitamins and iron which can help boost your immunity.

They can boost heart health

A study found that porridge could help to boost heart health, although the reality is that the study’s findings could be applied to any wholegrains as opposed to just porridge oats. The results found that eating three portions of wholegrain foods a day could help reduce blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

They help you feel fuller, aiding weight loss

As wholegrain foods are rich in fibre, they can help you feel fuller which stops you overeating and craving more food. By swapping white rice, bread and pasta for wholegrain versions, you can help your body to lose weight and exercise better portion control.

They are good for your digestion

We’re always told that we should consume more fibre in order to aid our digestion, and this is certainly true. Fibre adds bulk to the other foods we eat, helping to prevent constipation and supporting the good bacteria in the gut.

They could help prevent a stroke

There have been some studies that show that wholegrain foods can help to reduce inflammation, which can lead to a number of chronic conditions, including stroke. As wholegrain foods can also reduce weight gain, this further prevents the possibility of suffering a stroke and other conditions.

 

Wholegrain foods can form an important part of a healthy diet, and there are many ways in which you can incorporate them into your diet. Add them to smoothies, change the way you bake and make simple swaps to get your recommended servings. If you’re concerned about your weight, you can discuss your concerns with your doctor who will be able to advise on diet and lifestyle changes that could help you become healthier. For non-emergency out of hours situations, make sure you call 111 or visit one of our locations for help. Find out how to find us here.