The health benefits of whole grains are well-documented, including an extensive overview in this article, “What Are The Health Benefits,” from the Oldways Whole Grains Council. I provide links to many helpful and informative articles in my book, 38 Super Healthy Foods: A Unique Manual To Health, Wellness, and Healing, and this is one of them.
The many benefits include:
Stroke risk reduced 30-36%
Type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
Heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
Better weight maintenance
Reduced risk of asthma
Healthier carotid arteries
Reduction of inﬂammatory disease risk
Lower risk of colorectal cancer
Healthier blood pressure levels
Less gum disease and tooth loss
There are many ways to introduce whole grains into your diet. If you’re accustomed to eating highly processed (and less healthy) foods such as white rice, you can add a mixture of white and brown to your diet until you begin to appreciate the taste and texture. Whole grains such as quinoa are packed with health benefits, and also serve as a source of protein. We will continue to bring you new recipes and ideas that will assist you in embracing, and enjoying, these super healthy foods.