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Grains

Apr - 24 - 2012
Paul Alexander

The all around food of the last centuries. Bread, pasta, pizza, rice, wheat, cereals, you name it.

Some people are pro and some oppose grains. I stand in between. Cereals have their role in our diet, but you have to know yourself, so you can eat the right amount needed by your body.

Depending on how active you are, you can eat more or less. Grains contain complex carbohydrates. Short and simple, they are simple sugar molecules linked together. This causes the blood sugar levels to raise more than other food groups.

If you have an office type of job and a sedentary lifestyle, eat a small portion of grains at breakfast along your meal and a medium one at lunch. This type of serving will ensure that you use the energy from the grains during the day, and not at night when the metabolism is slow.

If you workout or have an active job/lifestyle eat grains before and after whatever physical activity you do. This fuels and replenishes the body with energy during your activities.

Choose whole grain products, instead of refined ones, because they’re less processed and there are more nutrients in whole grains. If you can bake you own bread, cake, and the other food products that contain grains, all the better. The less it is processed in a factory, the better.

Also, remember to chew with patience. It’s easier for the digestive system to break down the food if the chunks are very small.

Eat well!

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  1. There is no end in sight to the debate as to whether grains help you lose weight, or if they promote weight gain. Even more importantly, do they help or hinder blood glucose management? One thing is for sure. If you are going to eat grain foods, pick the ones that are the most nutritious. Choose whole grains. Whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. Reading labels is essential for this food group to make sure you are making the best choices.



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