Healthy whole grains


Healthy Whole Grains

There are a number of health benefits that come from incorporating whole grains into your diet. According to the Whole Grains Council, an individual's stroke risk can be reduced by as much as 36 percent, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes goes down by 21 percent, the chances of heart disease are decreased by 25 percent and adults are better able to maintain a healthy weight with whole grains.

If you want to add whole grains to your diet, consider these six choices to give you optimum health benefits and possibly even reduce your risk of cancer. 

Hulled barley contains much more fiber than pearled, and it also has extra selenium which is good for giving your immune system a boost. Adults who want to add more B vitamins to their diet should consider kamut. This brand of Khorasan wheat is full of protein, iron and several B vitamins.

You'll find that the whole wheat version of couscous contains necessary nutrients and fiber while millet is easily digestible and rich in magnesium to help build stronger bones and muscles. 

Red or white quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) provides the highest amount of protein than any other grain. Polenta is gluten-free and higher in vitamin A than most grains. 

If you want help adding these whole grains to your diet, senior care services can help you find that ones that best suit what you're looking for in terms of a high-fiber diet.


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