The world is obsessed with everything gluten-free, making us eliminate whole grains from our meal plans. The funniest thing is that people who do not suffer from celiac disease, switch to gluten-free food. Why? Well, I asked many people who have no sensitivity and most of them said, “Because it is trendy” or “Everyone eats gluten-free bread and desserts.”
Before you switch to a gluten-free diet, check out why it is okay to consume whole grains when you do not suffer from celiac disease. Remember, health is always more important than a trend.
1. Avoid constipation
Constipation is one of the biggest health problems that is as serious as heart disease. When ignored, it can lead to a more serious disease such as hemorrhoids and colorectal cancer. Whole grains have high fiber content, helping to relieve and prevent constipation.
Since many gluten-free foods cause a gassy and bloated feeling, it is recommended to consume whole grains if you often suffer from constipation – of course, if you do not have a sensitivity.
2. Boost your vitamin intake
Even though whole grains are not as rich in vitamins as fruit and vegetables, they are an excellent source of vitamin B and vitamin E. Plus, they are high in iron, selenium, fiber, folate, potassium and magnesium. It is one of the best reasons to eat whole grains guilt free but in moderation.
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3. Keep your cholesterol in check
High levels of cholesterol increase your risks of getting heart disease or a stroke. If you are trying to reduce your cholesterol level, consider eating whole grains regularly. Sure, it does not mean your diet must consist of whole grains only. Just incorporate small amounts of them into your daily meal plan.
4. Keep your wallet happy
Those who have ever followed a gluten-free diet know how expensive this type of diet is. Whether it is because of trend or maybe ingredients themselves are pricey, but why pay the extra-high price when you can enjoy whole grains? People who suffer from celiac disease have to eat gluten-free food. If you are not one of them, you have a great opportunity to save some cash and still eat healthy. Isn’t it a benefit?
5. Lose weight and keep it off
Another reason to eat whole grains is to drop weight or/and keep it off. When consumed in moderation, whole grains help fight cravings, satisfy your hunger and make you feel full longer. This is all thanks to the fiber found in whole grains. An added bonus, moderate consumption of whole grains help to support a healthy digestive system.
6. Fight cancer
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, whole grains can help prevent certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Whole grains contain a variety of healthful compounds, including phytic acid, protease inhibitors, tocotrienols, saponins, polyphenols, lignans, and some others, that all have powerful anticancer properties.
Whole grains are filling, hearty, and delicious. From oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and corn, to whole-wheat bread, millet, bulgur, farro, and sorghum, you have a great choice. The only thing you should learn is how to cook whole grains correctly. Plus, make sure you do not suffer from celiac disease. Have you already discovered all the benefits of adding whole grains to your daily meal plan?