The last few years have seen a major spike in the effort to ditch wheat, gluten and any other breaded relative, all in the hopes of a fitter, healthier, less overweight population in America. Even with this big push by just about every health outlet, the United States Department of Agriculture is still recommending that grains be a part of the daily diet, and for good reason. Whole grains in particular should make up half of the daily intake of grains, according to the USDA.
Whole grains provide a plethora of healthy boosts to the body such as fiber, protein (plant-based), minerals and phytochemicals, to name a few. Whole grains differ from that of refined grains because the whole grains, as the name would indicate, contain the entirety of the original kernel, meaning the bran germ and the endosperm.
Wheat helps to redistribute fat, even though many are under the impression that it is a large contributor to fat accumulation. A number of studies have shown that wheat consumption can actually help you cut down on the amount of body fat you have. Whole wheat helps the body to achieve central adiposity, which refers to the lowered risk of diabetes.
The body thrives on the minerals that we provide to it, and wheat is packed with a number of minerals, so consuming it can help you reach your daily recommended amount all at once. Whole wheat includes a large portion of iron, which helps move oxygen throughout the body, and also magnesium, which fortifies bones.
Whole grains are known to ease the onset of asthma in many people too. Whole grain barley and brown rice help to reduce markers of inflammation, specifically in the gut. Whole grains may also lower the levels of C-reactive protein, which are markers of inflammation that have been closely tied to illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Regular wheat consumption gives those who eat it up to a 23 percent lowered chance of gum disease, when compared to those who do not consume wheat at all. Gum disease is linked to inflammation, as the key markers of the disease are swollen, sore gums. Wheat helps to diminish these things from happening and can also protect the rest of the mouth from any such ailment too.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.