Whole Grains

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Health experts advise everyone that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that its important to eat at least half our grains as whole grains. But what is a whole grain? And why does it matter? Dr. Edward Hill discusses whole grains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Whole grains are an important part of our diet. They provide energy, vitamins and minerals, help us maintain a healthy digestive system, and can help us maintain a healthy weight. Theyve also been linked to a lower risk of certain diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Cereal, bread, crackers and pasta are examples of foods that are made with whole grains. Check the ingredient list to make sure that the grains you buy are whole grains. Many of the foods we purchase are made with refined grains, a process that strips whole grains of their fiber, vitamins and minerals, which removes nutritional value.

Try to make most of the grains you eat whole grains. Teach children to read ingredient lists and choose those with whole grains at the top of the list. Set good examples for children by eating whole grains at meals and for snacks. Try brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole-grain crackers and pasta, and light popcorn. Good choices for your whole family.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.