I am a complete carb addict! Give me bread and I will devour it, just ask my husband. I have yet to meet a carb I truly dislike, it is my diet downfall. With that being said I try to eat whole grains in favor of “white” carbs because they are healthier, they keep me full longer and I don’t feel as guilty when I do indulge although keeping it to one serving is best!!
I actually do love whole grain products and mostly prefer them over “white” or non-whole grain products. Although every once in awhile I do eat a piece of white bread or regular pasta, it happens, I won’t beat myself up over it try to keep it to a minimum. My favorite whole grains are oatmeal, barley, bulgur, brown rice, whole grain pasta and the list goes on and on.
It is not enough to buy a product with “wheat” in the ingredients list, it has to say “whole wheat”, without the “whole” part you are not actually getting a whole grain just a piece of it that is mostly starch with no real nutritional value. Whole grains provide fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients in addition to being low in fat and cholesterol! I always try to choose whole grains for myself and my family over other products because of all the health benefits.
Benefits of whole grains include:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Reduced risk of diabetes
- Reduced risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer
- Better weight management