Wheat is the most common cereal which we use daily in our kitchen. Eating whole wheat instead of refined one provides numerous nutrients and benefits as we eat the whole grain which includes bran, endosperm and germ.
- Bran: This is the hard, outer shell. It contains fiber, minerals and antioxidants.
- Endosperm: The middle layer of the grain is mostly made up of carbs.
- Germ: This inner layer has vitamins, minerals, protein and plant compounds.
Some health benefits of consuming whole wheat includes
- They are high in nutrients and fiber
- Controls obesity
- Increases energy
- Prevents metabolic disorders and type2 diabetes
- Reduces chronic inflammation
- Prevents gallstones and improves metabolism
- Has anit-cancer properties
- Prevents childhood asthma
- Improves skin, hair and eye health
So, when you are purchasing processed whole grain products, make sure you read the ingredients list to make sure they’re made entirely from whole grains, not a mixture of whole and refined grains. Also keep an eye on the sugar content, especially in the case of breakfast cereals, which often contain large amounts of added sugar. Seeing “whole grain” on the packaging does not automatically mean that the product is healthy.