Whole Grains - Good or Bad?
Grains have been getting a lot of attention in the media of late. The messages have been mixed and this can be terribly confusing and, at times, frustrating for consumers. While it is true that refined grain products have the potential to be damaging to your health, it is the exact opposite when it comes to whole grains. Unfortunately with the resurgence of the various low carb diets some people have skipped all grains entirely in fear they are bad for health or will cause weight gain. This is not something I would recommend doing. Regular whole grain intake is generally associated with lower rates of chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and some cancers and they are also consistently linked with a lower body mass index. Whole grains are packed full of fibre, so are great for digestive health and your gut microbiota.
Whole Grain Structure
While each grain will vary in structure there are some similarities they all share. Lets take a look: