1. Whole wheat
When buying bread and pasta products, make sure the label says “100% whole wheat”. Terms like “multigrain” and “wheat” don’t always cut it. Look at the ingredients and make sure the whole grain is at or near the top of the list. Each serving should contain at least 2 or 3 grams of fiber.
2. Whole Oats
Oats are an antioxidant that protects the heart. Oats in the ingredients list mean the product is made from whole oats. When buying instant oatmeal, try to avoid those that contain high fructose corn syrup.
3. Brown Rice
When choosing white rice around 75% of its nutrients (including mostly all antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamins) are left on the milling-room floor. However brown rice comes with all those things that white rice is missing. Brown rice comes in variety like basmati, jasmine, red, and black rice. Technically a grass, wild rice is also considered a whole grain and is rich in B vitamins such as niacin and folate.
Although quinoa is technically a seed and not a grain, this ancient South American power food is packed with more protein than any other grain and contains omega-3 fatty acids.
Corn can be super healthy when it’s whole. It’s a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, and phosphorus. Whole corn is also thought to increase healthy gut flora, which can fight diabetes, heart disease, and chronic inflammation. Yellow corn is also high in antioxidants. Buying organic corn is important, as about 40% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified (GMO) to withstand high doses of pesticides.
Daily Prompt – Grainy