Grain has been around since....forever. So, my question was, if "refined" white grain is so bad for you, why did people start making it in the first place. Well, back in the "olden days" (I'm talking Romans, men wearing skirts, chariots, the pulley) it was discovered that less-course, fine flour could be made by sifting out bran particles from the grain.
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So, back to the original question. What is the big deal? What do whole grains provide? The key nutrients that whole grains provide include manganese, dietary fiber, tryptophan, and magnesium. They reduce the risk for metabolic disorder, help with weight control, decrease cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease, and decrease risk for type II diabetes.
Whole grains include...
maize (a grass)
triticale (a wheat and rye hybrid)
teff (a grass)
Whole grains can easily be worked into the diet - one of my favorite recipes is...
Homemade Sandwich Thins pizzas:
I take a whole wheat or whole grain Sandwich Thin and top it with pizza sauce and 2% Mozzarella cheese
(I eat them cold like Pizza Lunchables, but you can also bake them until golden brown on top)