WHOLEGRAINS for SENIORS
Definition – A whole grain is a grain of any cereal and pseudocereal that contains the endosperm, germ, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm.
Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain
The following are all wholegrain cereals
Bulgur (cracked wheat)
BREAD FLOUR may contain wheat and barley flakes ,kibbled rye, sunflower seeds, millet and linseed and is described as SEED AND GRAIN WHOLEMEAL.
Other Bread flour may contain Sesame seeds, Poppy seeds, Wheat Bran and Barley Malt Flour and is described as MIXED GRAIN FLOUR
Then again described as HARVEST FLOUR a Strong White Flour with Malted Grains and Seeds including Malted Oats Malted Barley Malted Rye and Malted Wheat flakes.
WHEAT BRAN FLOUR means contains Bran, also known as miller’s bran, that is the hard outer layers of cereal grain.
Malted means Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried in a process known as “malting”.
The grains are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air
Kibbled means the grains are cracked or broken into smaller particles and then moistened or steamed and dried.
As we grow older our bowel movements can often become a problem.
Fear not, however, because if you consume a sensible amount of wholegrains, the problem can normally be resolved in a couple of days.
Moreover, wholegrains can help in the fight against two of the worlds leading killers: heart disease and cancer.
The definition of a whiolegrain is that all three parts of the grain are kept in tact, including the fibre- rich outer layer and the nutrient – filled germ.
Wholegrains also contain vitamins, in particular B vitamins and vitamin E as well as minerals such as magnesium and iron and complex carbohydrates.
Studies have shown that including three portions of wholegrains in your daily diet can reduce cholesterol levels, as well as the risk of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, strokes and a number of cancers.
Try eating wholegrain brown bread instead of highly refined white bread; brown rice instead of white rice and wholewheat pasta instead of normal pasta.