Whole Grains- Whole Lot of Health Benefits!

May 2, 2017

 

1.) Quinoa: Quinoa, unlike most grains, is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. In addition, quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber can promote fullness, fight off hunger, and can even help improve cholesterol levels. Fiber can also help reduce blood sugar spikes as well. Quinoa is rich in various vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, riboflavin, and manganese, providing you with essential components of a healthy diet.  In addition, quinoa is naturally gluten-free, which makes it appropriate for those who are gluten intolerant. 

Quinoa is also high in antioxidants, which are substances which neutralize free radicals, and fight against various life-threatening diseases. 

 

2.) Farro: Farro is an ancient grain which has a desirable, chewy texture and an earthy flavor. Farro is a great base for hearty salads, soups, and side dishes. Farro is full of fiber and protein, which will keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout your day. Farro can be used as a substitute for brown rice or wheat berries in various recipes. 

Farro is a great source of plant-based protein. Substituting plant-based proteins for meat can reduce fat and cholesterol intake, thus resulting in gradual weight loss. 

 

3.) Bulgur: Studies show that people who consume whole grains such as bulgur wheat are more likely to maintain a healthier weight, achieve cardiovascular health and even live longer. Bulgur is rich in fiber as well, promoting fullness, and improving cholesterol levels. In fact, bulgur provides over 25% of your daily needs of fiber in every one-cup serving! Bulgur adds flavor and texture to a range of dishes, therefore incorporating bulgur into soups, salads, and your favorite entrees is a smart decision for your health, and your palate as well! Lastly, bulgur is rich in various vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, and iron, which are essential components of a healthy diet. 

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