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Why Whole Grains are So Good For You

I love whole foods. Why?

Whole foods taste better to me than processed foods.

But there is an even better reason to love whole foods and add more of them to your diet.

That reason?

They are SO good for you!

Let’s take whole grain bread for example.

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But first….I must share something I am not too proud of.

I grew up on Wonder Bread.

I used to eat slice after slice after slice…..

Yikes!  This particular bread is a very highly processed type of bread.

My health nut friend used to say…. “I wonder if its bread??”

And I think she was right….

Thank goodness I gave up white processed bread when I lost weight and started eating healthier.

The processing of white flour removes 25 percent of the protein and 17 key nutrients.

So when you buy highly processed bread (like the majority of the breads sold in your local grocery stores)  you are getting LESS nutrition because it has been removed.

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Now…I eat Whole Grain bread from Great Harvest Bread Company.

It is SO delicious and packed with nutrition and fiber which my body craves.

My favorite one from Great Harvest is Dakota bread – I have a slice each and every day! :)

So….what exactly are whole grains and why are they so important to your health?

All parts of the grain are present in whole grains.

The wheat kernel consists of three parts:

  1. the bran,
  2. the germ and
  3. the endosperm.

The bran is fiber rich! Fiber helps keep your digestive system healthy. Many studies have shown that diets high in fiber may help decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. The bran also contains B-vitamins, antioxidants and 50 percent of the grain’s minerals!

The small but powerful germ is full of many B vitamins, vitamin E, some protein and healthy unsaturated fats.

The endosperm is mostly starchy carbohydrates, proteins and small amounts of B vitamins.

You can see that by removing any part of the kernel you would be missing out on a lot of valuable nutrition.

By keeping all three parts in flour, all the nutrients work together to create awesome tasting breads that may reduce your risk of chronic diseases and play a role in weight management.

Source: Great Harvest Bread

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