I saw my friend Mackenzie Baker post something about wholegrains the other day and it really got me thinking.
Most people don’t eat enough wholegrains in their diet and I think flexible dieting has a part to play in this.
I used to tell people who cares if it’s white bread or wholegrain? it fits in your calories is who cares.
But that was a stupid naive me following the “cool kids” who flexible dieted.
It actually does matter about the quality of your food and wholegrains should play a big part in your diet.
Now I bet you’re wondering “but why cereal king? Why are wholegrains so important”.
Wholegrains contain B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are natural chemical compounds in plants that have been researched for their role in disease prevention. They are also rich in low amounts of healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
Bran and fibre slow the breakdown of starch into glucose—thus maintaining a steady blood sugar rather than causing sharp spikes.
Fibre helps lower cholesterol as well as move waste through the digestive tract.
Phytochemicals and essential minerals such as magnesium, selenium and copper found in whole grains may protect against some cancers.
So there are plenty of reasons to eat your bloody wholegrains.
Some people get confused with wholemeal and wholegrains but they are interchangeable so don’t stress.
– wholemeal pasta
– wholemeal bread
– wholemeal crumpets
– brown rice
Are all great options to get some wholegrains in.
Ideally you should be eating about 3 – 5 servings of wholegrains per day!
1 serving equals:
-1 slice of bread or 1/2 medium roll.
-75-120g cupped cooked rice, pasta, quinoa, etc.
-120g cooked porridge.
-30g wheat cereal, or muesli, 3 crisp breads (such as Vita Weets).
So you should definitely start working on incorporating them into your diet.