All natural 18 November, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
Consuming enough whole grains on a daily basis is an effective strategy to fighting obesity as well as the conditions related to it such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
As the World Health Organization (WHO) explains, the fiber in whole grains helps promote proper digestion. The vitamins they contain, such as iron and magnesium, also help release the energy from foods, reduce tiredness and physical fatigue, and improve how the immune system functions.
Whole grains can be found in pastas, bread and brown rice. Not all of these products contain the entire grain, however, “They can be identified by checking the ingredient list or looking for a seal or stamp on the package that states the product includes the whole grain,” explains Nestle’s Manager of Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing, Claudia Cortés.
Products considered to be completely whole grain are those that preserve all the nutritional and edible parts of the grain, maintaining its benefits. These parts include the bran, endosperm and the germ. Natural whole grains include wheat, corn, oats, barley and rye. When they are processed, however, and the grain is refined, the bran and germ is lost, along with the nutrients they contain. Also read: Stay away from nutrition bars and energy drinks.