For quite a few years now, doctors have been advising people to abstain refined grains and preferably consume only whole grains. This trend has taken the world by storm and fitness enthusiasts swear by whole grains. But why exactly should you opt for whole grains? And why are refined grains bad for your health?
What are Whole Grains?
Bran: This is the coat or covering that covers the entire seed. It is made of fibres
Endosperm: It lies below the bran and is made of starch
Germ: It is essentially the embryo of the seed and it has the potential to germinate into a new plant. It contains healthy fats
All three parts of the kernel have a high nutritional value.
Whole grain means the grain’ kernel is intact and hasn’t been tampered with. It contains all three of its component parts.
What are Refined Grains?
The kernel of the refined grains contains just the endosperm. Refining means, the bran, and the germ are removed mechanically by grinding or sifting.
How can you benefit by consuming Whole Wheat?
Here are some of the many benefits of whole grains -
They contain loads of both soluble and insoluble fibres. Not only do they make bowel movements regular but also keep the level of LDL (bad cholesterol) under check and thus promote heart health. They are effective against diverticulosis - a colon disorder. They also help the good bacteria to thrive and multiply in our guts.
Whole grains can help with hypertension
They can help bring down blood sugar level
Inflammation can lead to a number of heart disorders. Whole grains can fight against inflammation
Why are Refined Grains Harmful?
Here are a few reasons why refined grains can harm you -
During the process of refining, this type of grains loses all their nutritional value like the fibres, minerals and vitamins
They can increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes because they make you resistant to insulin
Refined grains can also raise your levels of triglycerides which ups your possibility of coming down with a heart disorder
Whole grains are packed with goodness, much of which is missing in refined grains. That is why you should try to opt for whole grains and cut down on the consumption of refined grains.