"Whole Grains" are a superfood. For whole grains to do their best nutritional efforts for our bodies, we need to consume them without processing the goodness out of them. This site is about whole grains and bread.
"In a 2002 study, consumption of whole grains was found to be associated with lower fasting insulin concentrations when compared to those associated with the consumption of refined grains. This effect as well as improved insulin sensitivity was noticeably more pronounced among obese and hyperinsulinemic subjects, suggesting whole-grain consumption to be an important component of reducing risk factors for type II diabetes when only compared to the consumption of refined grains. Consumption of whole grains has also been consistently linked with a significant decrease in risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Regular whole-grain consumption lowers LDL and triglyceride levels, which contributes to an overall 26% reduction in coronary heart disease-risk factors. In addition, whole-grain consumption is inversely related to hypertension, diabetes, and obesity when compared to refined grains, all of which are negative indicators in total cardiovascular health." -- Wikipedia
The history of wheat is the history of modern, civilized man. It's believed that three different grass species were crossed about 10,000 B.C. Wheat has been found in archaelogical digs of human settlements over 8,000 years ago. Stone-age man was grinding grains of wheat with rocks to make flour. It was the discover that man could grow food as well as hunt food, that allowed mankind to settle down. From settlements to villages and from villages to towns populations began cultivating more and more cereals and giving up a nomadic hunting and herding existence.
The Romans were the first to use animal power grinding wheat. It was whole grain cereals that fed the Roman legions as they conquered the Mediterranean world. Bread was so important in Rome that was given to the masses and when bread was in short supply there were riots. Much of the wheat for Rome was grown in Northern Africa.
Today, wheat is grown on more land worldwide than any other crop. Wheat grows well in intermediate temperature levels. It adapts to harsh environments and will grow on land that is too dry or too cold for other food crops like corn and rice.
Wheat, oats, rye, corn, and rice are all grasses. The John Christopher book, "No Blade of Grass" shares a scary story of a blight that kills all grass. The world is devastated. Even without the blight, they say a global wheat failure would render most nations helpless and few would survive one year.
Bread is the staff of life and the whole grain versions are the most nutritious. ChooseMyPlate says, "Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples. Grains are divided into two subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel: the bran, germ, and endosperm. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases."
A whole grain can be complete just by itself, such as oatmeal, brown rice, or barley. In addition they can be used as an ingredient in food, such as whole wheat flour for breads and cereals.
This site is a celebration of whole grains and whole grain breads. For more information on nutrition and the micronutrients of bread as well as articles on healthy aging and healty living, please visit Live2AgeWell.
Top Seven Reasons for Eating Whole Grains
Here are a lucky seven listing of reasons you should be eating more whole grains:
1. Scientific studies support a connection between increased whole grain consumption and the a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
2. Whole grains and their complex carbohydrates provide steady energy to get you through the day.
3. Whole grains are a natural source of valuable antioxidants and vitamins.
4. Both the fiber and nutrients of whole grains mY help reduce the risk of some cancers.
5. Research has shown that persons with higher intakes of whole grain fiber have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
6. The high fiber content of whole grains give you a feeling of fullness, which is helpful in weight management.
7. Wheat and oats almost equal broccoli and spinach in antioxidant activity!
"What is your primary reason for choosing to eat whole grain products?"*
Nutritional value ...32%
Increased fiber ...31%
Better taste ...13%
Reduced calories ...4%
Change of pace ...4%
Less refined grains ...3%
* Harris Interactive Survey of 1,040 adults, conducted January 2006, titled "Healthy Eating: Impact on the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry"
Whole Grain Questions
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