(NaturalNews) The evils of fatty carbohydrates have been drilled into your head since the beginning of craze dieting. Over time, professional dieticians have advocated for whole grains, as they are actually good for us and should be added to your daily diet. So, it turns out that not all carbs are as evil as we thought.
But why whole grains? What makes them worth adding to our diet? Well, according to Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., each part of a whole grain provides the body with essential nutrients. The three parts of the grain, the bran, the endosperm and the germ, are packed full of B vitamins, protein and antioxidants. Kirkpatrick says that when the grain is refined, the germ and the bran are stripped away, which yields the starchy, fatty carb that many of us are so well acquainted with.
Here are five amazing whole grains other than brown rice and whole grain bread to add to your diet NOW!
Though it is the smallest grain in the world, it is jam-packed with everything your body needs! This grain offers protein, a remarkably large amount of calcium that is not usually found in grains and fiber. With its mildly nutty flavor, Teff goes perfectly with baked goods and makes a unique porridge. Not to mention, it is gluten free!
This hearty grain dates back to the time of the Romans. Since this protein and iron rich grain is a breeze for your body to digest, all of the good stuff is absorbed by your body without a problem. Try this grain in stews or soups; it is also great by itself eaten as a rice.
And no, not the one that was in love with Delilah! The buckwheat we are talking about is overflowing with zinc, copper and protein. It can be ground down to create flour or eaten boiled like rice.
This naturally low-fat grain is a good source of fiber. You can add it to savory dishes as a stuffing or breads. It is also great as a sweet treat porridge with brown sugar and fruit mixed in. It is so easy to prepare that you can try it every way.
The leader of fiber content, barley is a common and well loved whole grain. This is not a one trick pony however! It contains a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. A classic way to eat barley is in beef barley soup, but it doesn't stop there. Try it for breakfast or in a smoothie!
Whole grains are an easy and delicious way to boost your nutritional intake. They can aid you in weight loss and balance your diet. Don't fear carbohydrates, as these whole grains are great for your body. Explore the world of whole grains outside of brown rice and whole grain bread. Throw together some muffins, porridge, bread and soup. Your body will thank you!
About the author: Yanjun is a health and nutrition writer with over 3 years of professional experience in the health and fitness industry. He''s a contributor to many premier source for health advice, fitness tips, and consumer reviews of nutritional supplements.
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