Whole Grain : How Food Affects Health (facts on whole grains...)

Whole Grain Bread

What's in your bread? The facts on Whole grains

Whole grains : Hearty options for a healthy diet. If we find out why whole grains are better than late grains and  how to add more whole grains to your diet.

What is a whole grain?

A whole grain is any grain which maintains all of it's portion! This means it maintains the germ, endosperm, or bran that natural from the kernel.

What to look for on the Label

Over the ingredients, here are some guidelines for picking a loaf that is healthy and nutritious.
 Look for these Nutrition Facts :

  • Calories: 100 or fewer per slice
  • Fiber: 2 grams or more per slice
  • Sodium: 225 mg or less per slice
  • 100% whole wheat flour as the first ingredient
Bran frame the outer layers of the grain. It contain B-vitamins, trace minerals and dietary fiber. It's removed when wheat flour is processed (refined or bleached) into white flour.

Germ is the part of the plant that sprat to generate a new plant. It has B-vitamins, trace minerals, and some protein. It's also removed when wheat flour is refined to become white flour.

Endosperm  is the inner part of the grain that contain protein and carbohydrates as well as amounts of vitamins and minerals. This is that when the flour is refined to become white flour.

Read the nutrition facts label

"Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. "This is found on whole-grain products that contain at least 49% whole grain ingredients (by weight) and are also low in fat.

Keep in mind some grains pack more nutrition than other so given a choice go with what's even better.

Pick 100 percent whole grain bread over whole wheat bread :

First we should under stand that one brand contain "100 percent whole grain" and the other has "100 percent whole wheat," Go with the one that lists whole grain as it's first ingredient because it has more protein, healthy fiber, vitamins and minerals than the "whole wheat" variety.

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