Go With The Grain
Grains have been in existence for centuries and come in many varieties. Barley, amaranth, quinoa, teff, wild rice, millet, spelt, and bran are just a few of the grains that have sustained man for over 10,000 years. A grain consists of a protective husk; the bran, a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals; the endosperm, a starchy source of complex carbohydrates; and the germ, the embryo of the grain, which contains a small amount of protein, vitamins and minerals.
Whole grains have not been manipulated or refined; they contain the endosperm, bran, and germ of the grain. The bran and germ contain that largest amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Refined grains do not contain the bran and germ, only the starchy endosperm.
Whole grains offer an array of benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Other than being an excellent source of fiber, whole grains provide B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. The medical community has acknowledged the health benefits of whole grains in lowering the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.