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Whole Grains are the Whole Package

These Natural Grains Pack a Nutritional Punch

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4/23/2016 9:56:12 AM

BUNSOFALUMINUM's SparkPage
this one is easy, as I've been eating whole grains since my mom brought them in when I was a kid. Brown rice and 100% whole wheat bread have been my staples for a lifetime. Especially the rice. Ooooh, I love rice!

Yes, all grains are seeds. In fact every grain is a modified form of grass. They are all in the monocotoledon family. This includes corn.
3/18/2016 6:48:02 PM

NOLAHORSERIDER's SparkPage
I love making all my rice in the rice cooker. I have changed to brown rice in the past year and I just love it!

Great article..

3/18/2016 7:58:50 AM

FLORIDAGHOST's SparkPage
Losing weight is a key element to winning against uncontrolled diabetes. Testing regularly is another key to ensure you are on the right road to beating the disease. I have done a lot of study and personal testing of ideas towards whole grains. Personally, I love them, but the GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that are sprayed onto the plants when they are around 6 inches high is an issue I have. I am not able to handle GMOs. It makes me gain weight and also raises blood sugar levels because it adds carbs to the grain. I didn't want to believe this when I first heard it and went out of my way to eat whole grains until I proved to myself that every time I ate bread, or anything with whole grain, I gained weight, had a higher blood sugar level, and didn't feel so great. It isn't added sugar because I made my own whole grain bread without sugar and it still caused higher levels of sugar in my blood.

If you can eat bread and not gain weight, if you do not have the "spare tire" around your waist, you either are not allergic to the GMOs or you haven't eaten enough whole grains in your life yet. Good for you. But after all my study, I wold encourage you to keep eating things with whole grains that are developed with GMOs.

Rice, so far, has not been sprayed with GMOs. Rice is a good thing to eat so I eat it. But I do not make demands on others or expectations on others. Find out for yourself what you can and cannot eat. And stick to it regardless of what others think or say. There is no one diet fits all. You have to hunt for what works for you and it doesn't happen overnight. Grow with your lifestyle. You may be one who can no longer eat at restaurants (because you have no idea what you are eating for your tracker or you sugar levels). If you have diabetes, learn to make your own food and be safer and wiser,

Be happy, be wise, and stick to your lifestyle journey. It's yours so enjoy it and learn about yourself.
9/27/2015 9:34:08 AM

GMARIE9999's SparkPage
For those who still want to eat brown rice, using a rice cooker really helps speed up the cooking process (and makes the brown rice nice and fluffy).
7/18/2015 10:31:23 AM

MAIA_CALM's SparkPage
Thank you for the article! I only like to eat whole-grain bread. An article about how to read the whole grain label, which is widely in use now, would be helpful. Also, you need to be a bit more detailed when you say it's good for you because a lot of people in the comments are saying it's not. I think unless you have really bad blood sugar, you can eat whole grains for your fiber. So many people have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, and they think everyone does. We don't all have to restrict ourselves to a very limited diet, because we don't all have the same health problem. One of the reasons that I do not overeat is so that I CAN eat whole grains. I can enjoy bread in a sandwich, I can eat a potato roll, I can have shredded wheat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. This is because I don't have diabetes and my blood sugar isn't out of control.
6/16/2015 8:49:08 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
Actually aren't ALL grains SEEDS??!? I know that wild "rice" is related to grass NOT rice.
EXERCISEWARRIOR
5/19/2015 12:03:30 AM

I think this article is helpful. I now have a better idea of what whole grains are, so when I shop I will look for them. Most important I will know what to look for.
8/13/2014 1:36:08 PM

BOOKERA's SparkPage
Thank you for the article. Since I started using SparkPeople, I have made an effort to make sure I am having my healthy grains in most of all my meals.
2/3/2014 4:49:32 PM

DESSECMD's SparkPage
I am newly diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Both my grandmothers and my father were diabetic. My husband's mother was severely afflicted with diabetes and I saw the effects of that. I have a couple brothers who are diabetic. I do not want to get there. I have just started a diabetes prevention program through our local YMCA. I do not want to become a diabetic.
TIGEREYES2
1/25/2014 10:01:13 PM

I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic type 2 and also have NAFL, I am very confused as to what I should be to eating. I have been told to eliminate wheat and to go on a lchf way of life. Any light on this subject would be greatly appreciated. I have read the Wheat Belly and have the cookbook. I think I have a good start, but meal planning is difficult.
1/3/2014 11:37:24 AM

SADDHU1's SparkPage
@Mindhorizon, I agree that most people in the USA eat too many grains. I do not agree with all of your statements though. Especially ludicrous is your statement that most of the nutrition in grains is better supplied by meat! Actually, meat and grains have completely different nutritional profiles. Eating meat instead of grain is swapping out one form of junk food for another. You do realize that meat eaters have far higher rates of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease than vegetarians?! Phytic acid--- there are tips online about how to prepare whole grains traditionally that neutralize phytic acid. This may be worth looking into for those not willing to completely give up grains. As far as the paleo arguments about what our ancestors did / did not eat 10,000 years ago, it can easily be proven that most foods, including fruits and vegetables, are not of the same varietals as what was eaten long ago. It is not just grains! Meats are also drastically different with animals today receiving huge doses of antibiotics (contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans who consume them) and hormones to reach unnatural sizes + they are confined to tiny spaces and don't get the amount of exercise animals in the wild would get. Plus, animals eat all of these grains you are trying to avoid. Another point, 10,000 yrs ago, there was not one monolithic diet that everybody ate. What one ate depended greatly on location. Not everything is as cut-and-dried as proponents of certain diets want to make it sound. Bottom line: we all have different genetics and must experiment to see what foods we do best on. Elimination diets can help identify allergens we are sensitive too. I do better on fewer grains, but my husband can eat 6 donuts and a loaf of bread and maintain single digit body fat and a completely flat, hard stomach at age 53. He is on the low end of optimal BMI, just like in high school, and has categorically never needed to lose a single pound at any point in his life. Life is clearly not fair.
1/3/2014 11:04:53 AM

SADDHU1's SparkPage
WHITE FLOUR IS REFINED WHEAT FLOUR

@Surigood, eating white pasta and bread is NOT an improvement over eating whole grain versions. Do you realize that WHITE FLOUR IS REFINED WHEAT FLOUR in the 1st place?! Look at the label!!! Not only that, but white pastas and breads spike insulin causing rebound hunger. If you are sensitive to gluten, it is best to avoid or cut way back on ALL gluten containing grains.

WHITE FLOUR IS REFINED WHEAT FLOUR
WHITE FLOUR IS REFINED WHEAT FLOUR
WHITE FLOUR IS REFINED WHEAT FLOUR
1/18/2013 2:03:15 PM

SANDRALEEBOONE's SparkPage
does this mean i have to give up my ezekiel bread now
1954MARG
5/28/2012 8:52:19 AM

Some people are sensitive to some things. Not everyone is. For most people the most important guide to having a healthy diet is having plenty of variety of foods and not too much of any one thing.
3/11/2012 12:04:46 PM

SHADOZA's SparkPage
Whole grains are good for you. Some folks read a book and trust the words as fact. The body needs what grain offers and whole grains are better than processed.

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