The nutrients and health benefits of whole grains are gifts that keeps on giving. Going for whole grains is all about getting essential nutrients to fuel your body for healthy aging. Incorporating more of them in your diet can be easy with appetizing meals. Learn a whole lot of important information about them in this segment of our Eating Well, Aging Well series.
Go for the Grain – Whole Grain That is!
Whole grains have a lot of essential nutrients for your body. Whole grains consist of:
- Wheat bran – the kernel’s hard fibrous outer layer, which is rich with vitamin B, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants and phytochemicals
- Wheat germ – the core, which is a great source of vitamins, protein, fiber and healthy fat
- Endosperm – the interior layer and largest part of the kernel, which provides a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamin B
However, not all grains are whole grains. The milling and refinement process removes bran, germ and parts of the endosperm that lowers the supple of vitamins and fiber. These processes extend the shelf life of the grains, but reduce the nutritional value to little to none. Look at the ingredients label, and choose “whole” instead of “enriched.”
Whole Lot of Benefits
Good nutrition is important at every age, but as we grow older, a healthy diet becomes a priority. Whole grains work hard for our health so we don’t have to. Eating more whole grains is linked with: