Health Benefits of The Grain Group
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Health Benefits of Grains - The Grain Group
By including grains in your daily diet - particularly whole grains, you'll also be including a dose of healthy benefits by reducing your risks for many chronic diseases including coronary heart disease.
And grains provide nutrients vital for optimum health and assist our bodies in running smoothly, and longer.
Grains for B-Vitamins, Iron, Magnesium & Selenium Benefits
Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium) which impact personal health.
Whole grains are superb sources of magnesium and selenium. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium protects cells from oxidation and is important for a healthy immune system.
Grain Group Foods Reduce Risk for Many Diseases
Grains reduce risk for coronary heart disease, as well as reduce unhealthy blood cholesterol levels.
Grains contain dietary fiber which promotes digestive health, and assists in 'wiping out' diverticulosis and constipation. Note that 'refined grains' contain very little fiber, so grab the 'whole'.
Grains Support Healthy Body Weight
Consuming 3 ounce equivalents per day of whole grains may assist with weight management. That oomph of dietary fiber contained in grains can help a body feel fuller for longer periods of time - accomplished with fewer calories!
Grains, B-Vitamins & Metabolism
In addition, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate) contained in grains (particularly refined grains) play a key role in metabolism by assisting the body in releasing energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
B vitamins contained in grains are essential for a healthy nervous system. While refined grains are lacking in powerful fiber content, refined grains are generally enriched with B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate) .
Fortified grains with folate before, and during pregnancy can prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.
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