Wednesday 15 July, 2015

We were all taught the same thing growing up - if you want to be healthier, switch out white bread for brown and normal pasta for wholewheat.

The problem is, it’s all processed grains. Whilst wholewheat is technically a better option, a grain is a type of carbohydrate, and we all know that that means - sugar.

Once in your system, processed grains drive your blood sugar up, which your body then counters with insulin. If this happens over and over again, your body can become resistant to the insulin.

Processed grains, if consumed in large enough quantities, and regularly enough, can start a cycle of addiction and may even result in chronic illnesses, particularly type 2 diabetes.

One of the hardest processed grains to avoid is wheat - more specifically, wheat flour. Packaged foods are laced with this type of carbohydrate and this makes it one of the major culprits of the soaring levels of obesity, right alongside sugar.

Because processed wheat flour doesn’t have a lot to it, nutritionally speaking, your body processes it incredibly quickly. You end up giving your body a whole lot of nothing much!

Whole grains, on the other hand, like buckwheat, quinoa, millet, brown basmati rice and rolled oats, make your body work much harder, on the outside of the grain, using enzymes to break down the nutrients. It’s good for your metabolism when you make your body work a bit!

Stick to whole grains where possible and give the brown bread and whole wheat pasta a break! You’re much better off with a good serving of leafy greens.



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