Celebrity X loses 50 pounds on a grain-free diet in 12 weeks. Your neighbor goes Paleo, and is rocking a bikini after a decade. Your co-worker shuns all forms of gluten, and has higher energy levels.
I personally know of several people who are slimmer than ever once they stopped or reduced their grain consumption.
Even if you don’t believe what you hear, maybe you believe what you read. With popular books like Wheat Belly, it’s hard to see the lowly grain as anything but bad for you.
Most people in the health industry agree that the FDA’s previously recommended daily allowance of 6-8 servings of grain a day was a bit high. Did you know that grains offer nutrients not found in vegetables or meat? Did you also know that grains can be a great source of protein?
I will offer you the top 3 reasons why you should eat grains every day. Even better, I will share some of recipes using ancient grains you may not be familiar with.
♥ Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
Depending on your age, you probably don’t worry about having a heart attack or heart disease on a daily basis. However, studies have consistently shown that eating whole grains can reduce your risk of heart disease. The biggest reason I gave up my unhealthy eating habits was to live longer. If athletes can have heart attacks while they are performing a sport, what do you think your chances might be?
♥ Full of fiber
Would you rather drink a cup of Metamucil or eat a bowl of brown rice? Sure, you still get plenty of fiber by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, but not all produce has the two types of fiber found in whole grains. Those two types are soluble and insoluble, both of which help you enjoy your time on the john and improve your digestive health.
♥ Help prevent cancer
Even if you are blessed enough to have no family history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, then why not tip the scale in your favor when it comes to cancer? There are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that may help prevent cancer.
As a vegetarian, I’m biased towards grains. However, it took me 30+ years of experimenting with my diet and reading the latest research to determine that I was ready to end my love story with meat. I am not suggesting that you stop eating meat.
What I am suggesting is that you forget the fads that tell you that grains are bad. Grains are GREAT!
Here are 3 types of lesser known whole grains you should try:
Farro is a type of ancient grain that is nutty and delicious when substituted for rice or barley. Check out this recipe.
You may know about buckwheat pancakes, but do you know that Japanese soba noodles are also made of buckwheat? Soba noodles are delicious hot or cold, and they absorb marinades well. You can cook buckwheat as a substitute for any grain-based dishes as well. Start with Buckwheat recipes.
Millet has a sweet, nutty flavor and is considered to be one of the most digestible grains around. Simply replace your morning oatmeal with millet, stir in your favorite fruit or nuts, and enjoy! Because it is a smaller grain, you don’t even need to cook it as long.
No worries for celiac sufferers- these three whole grains are gluten-free! Given the high amount of nutrients and benefits found in grain, consider trying a new variety today.