January 8, 2013

How to Eat Cleaner – Day 9 of 31 – Whole Grains & Spouted Grains

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How to Eat Cleaner – Day 9 of 31 – Whole Grains & Spouted Grains

Hello everyone. I’m so excited that you decided to join me in our 31 days to cleaner or healthier eating. Each one of these videos will have 1 simple concept for you to chew on. It’s your choice what you do with it. Try it for a day, a week, a month or implement for your entire life. My hope is it helps you open your mind to learning more about fueling your body more healthily.

Part of cleaning up what we eat is getting educated and alot of these videos focus on awareness.

Today we talk about whole grains and yes, this is another topic that could be pages and pages. Here is just a brief overview, please research for yourself if you want to dig deeper.

Whole Grains, what are they? 100% of the original grain kernel must be present, the bran, germ and endosperm (parts of the grain).

Why eat them? Wholly cow, these aren’t even close to all the reasons, but are pretty good.

– Decrease body fat and increased weight loss compared to refined grains. Feeling more full.

– May prevent celiac disease in those pre disposed.

– Aid in heart health

– Helps lower cholesterol

– Controls blood sugar spikes helping to avoid Diabetes.

– Reduces risk of stroke.

– Reduces colon cancer and other cancers.

– Reduces hypertension, high blood pressure.

Let’s touch on sprouted whole grains. What are they? Grain is basically a seed. A seed that could become a whole plant. When it starts to germinate and sprout, then it becomes a sprouted grain.

Sprouted grains offer all the goodness of whole grains, while being more readily digested. Plus, the sprouting process increases the amount and bio-availability of some vitamins and minerals, making sprouted grains a potential nutrition powerhouse.

Sprouting grains increases many of the grains’ key nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, fiber, and essential amino acids often lacking in grains, such as lysine. Sprouted grains may also be less allergenic to those with grain protein sensitivities.

Studies document some of the health benefits for different sprouted grains. Here are just a few:

* Sprouted brown rice fights diabetes.

* Sprouted buckwheat protects against fatty liver disease.

* Cardiovascular risk reduced by sprouted brown rice.

* Sprouted brown rice decreases depression and fatigue in nursing mothers.

* Decreased blood pressure linked to sprouted barley.
When adding whole grains to your diet, be a label reader. It must say whole grain (whole wheat for example) and it should be listed as the first ingredient. If it says wheat flour for example, that is not whole grain and it’s just as bad as eating refined white flour. I did not get into the risks of eating refined flours. A short list is Diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity…. You can research that if you wish. I wanted to focus on the benefits of whole grains.

I got most of my detailed info from www.wholegrainscouncil.org, but the information is highly documented. So, do a web search of your own if you would like to explore this topic further.

Thanks for your time. This is Coach Lana and I would love for you to join me at http://facebook.com/coachlana so we can connect.


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