Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Whole Grains

Make over some of your favorite holiday recipes using fiber-packed whole grains.
Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, which is important for preventing arterial aging and reducing the risk of cancer. Whole grains also help keep blood sugar levels steady, help you feel full and lose weight, and keep your digestive system regular. Whole grains are grains that have not been stripped of their outer layers, the source of many key nutrients, and haven’t been refined, which means they retain most of their vitamins and minerals.

White flour products, on the other hand, have been stripped of the healthy outer shell and germ. This causes your body to quickly convert the carbohydrates to sugar in your bloodstream, causing the proteins in your body to be less functional, which ages your immune and arterial systems and even your joints. Instead of using white flour products in your holiday recipes, try 100 percent whole grains instead.

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