Whole Wheat for a Healthy Body

By: Scott Davis..

Ever wonder what the big deal is about whole grains?
Many people don't realize how nutritious whole wheat products can be for their body. Whole wheat is an amazing source of vitamins as well as magnesium, fiber, iron and antioxidants.
Whole grains are key for a healthy diet. Whole grains help maintain a stable blood sugar level, which is critically important to diabetics. Additionally, unprocessed wheat contains all the parts of the wheat. During processing important nutritious parts of the wheat kernel are removed, rendering the processed wheat virtually nutritionally inert. An unprocessed whole grain still contains its entire set of vitamins and minerals.
Wheat is one of the earliest food staples. Humans have been growing and harvesting wheat for thousands of years. It was cultivated anciently in Mesopotamia where it spread to other parts of Asia and Europe. In China wheat was even revered as a sacred food. Wheat didn't arrived in the Americas until early explorers brought it over from Europe.
Bulgur wheat is a type of cereal made from several wheat plants that can be found in natural food stores. It is a common ingredient found in Turkey, the Middle East, and around the Mediterranean. It is used in bakery, pilaf, soups, or even in salads. Bulgur has a low glycemic index of 46, which means that people suffering from diabetes can use it in moderation. The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effect of carbohydrates on sugar levels in the blood. White bread for example has a GI of 100 which would produce a glucose level of 140, way above the recommended limit (95).
With all the health food stores that are around now, it's much easier to find healthy whole grain foods than it used to be. You're not just limited to whole wheat bread as your only whole grain option. Now it is easy to find whole wheat spaghetti, bagels, vermicelli, muffins, pancakes and cookies. Plus you can also use whole wheat flour for your everyday cooking and fully eliminate processed flour.
Now of course healthy people, those that dont need to watch their glucose levels, will find that whole wheat is extremely nutritional. I have already mentioned that it is an important source of vitamins B and E, together with antioxidants (against aging), and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and selenium. The elevated fiber content helps enormously with your digestion as it cleans the bowels. The high amount of fiber reduces the feeling of being hungry and has been shown to reduce the risks of cancer and obesity.
There is absolutely no doubt that a diet high in whole wheat grains will benefit the whole family which is why I urge you not to wait for a doctors bad news to change your habits as I did.

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