Thursday, September 27, 2007

Whole grains - nutrient packages.

Whole grains are much more than just added fibre in our diet. Research now tells us that the benefit is in the "package" of nutrients (sound familiar).

Professor Slavin from Minnesota University is reported by as saying that "the individual components of whole grains have an additive and synergistic effect."

This means that the combined nutrient components in whole grains is greater than the sum of the individual component parts. Or to put it simply 1+1 >2 (one plus one is greater than two).

So what are some whole grains?
They are the entire grain seed of a plant. Also known as the kernel, it is made up of three key parts: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.

Whole wheat, whole oats/oatmeal, whole-grain corn, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, whole-grain barley, wild rice, buckwheat, bulgur (cracked wheat), millet, quinoa, and sorghum are the more common grains.
Less well known are amaranth, emmer, farro, grano (lightly pearled wheat), spelt, and wheat berries. Spelt is is popular now because of it's higher protein and nutrient content.

Stone-ground corn and polenta have the germ intact so are closest to the whole grain in any ground cornmeal. You can even get whole grain couscous.

Quinoa, not really a grain but considered as one, is another ancient grain which is considered to be almost a wonder food as it contains complete protein. A friend told me that she uses quinoa instead of couscous.


How to Cope with Pain said...

In the US, it's always an effort to find whole grain. I spend 1/2 my time in the grocery store reading labels :) Is it any better in Australia?

jeisea said...

In the cities and coastal towns organic foods and whole grains are valued. Here in the Byron Bay area fortunately we are spoiled for choice. As well as the various healthy food specialty stores we have a local co-operative where we are able to choose from bulk supplies of various grains and a great variety of flours mostly organic. It's very easy here to follow particular diets eg gluten free, vegan etc. Fresh fruits and vegies are in plentiful supply and we tend to eat what is in season from the growers' markets. Soon we're getting a new growers' market close to us. I'll be able to ride my bike on a Tuesday and collect macadamia and pecan nuts, oils and pastes, seafood, meat as well as the usual fruit and veg and an array of unusual varsities such as dragon fruit, custard apple, finger limes, galangal ginger etc.

However in the rural areas it can be very difficult to buy anything but usual supermarket items.

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