Have you ever felt like you’re eating whole wheat bread or pasta because you’ve been told they’re healthy, but you don’t feel you’re anything healthier, plus it seems you can’t lose the weight?
If you’ve been reading all the health claims on whole wheat foods’packages, chances are you think these whole wheat breads, cereals and pasta are much healthier than their refined counterparts.
In this case, this video-article will probably surprise you.
Of course, there is no doubt that whole grains contain more nutrients than refined grains, and are healthier. There is also no doubt that properly prepared whole grains will be a lot more nutritious than refined grains.
But as far as commercial (=made by the food industry) whole grains are concerned, this is another story.
As you’ll see in this short video, you may be better off staying away from these foods.
Whole wheat products are marketed by the food industry as healthy, because whole wheat contains plenty of nutrients.
But are these whole wheat foods as nutritious as we are told?
Here is a wheat kernel; it is made of 3 parts.
The bran is rich in nutrients.
The germ is also very rich in nutrients.
The endosperm, which is the white part of the grain, contains mainly carbohydrates and protein.
When you eat products made with refined flour, you’re only eating the endosperm, and you miss all the nutrients that are contained in the bran and the germ.
Now here is what happens with commercial whole wheat products:
The truth is that the industry doesn’t know how to process whole grains in order to keep all their nutrients intact.
What they do is they remove the germ. So, all the beneficial nutrients of the germ are gone…forever.
Then, they also first remove the bran and mill the endosperm. We basically get refined flour.
What about our whole wheat bread?
In order to market whole-wheat flour, a small percentage of the bran is returned to the product.
But once the bran has been damaged or cracked open, the nutrients get oxidized very quickly.
Within 3 days of processing, 90% of the nutrients have been destroyed.
You see, we are FAR away from a WHOLE wheat food.
So, if commercial whole wheat products are not much better than the ones made with refined flour, should we avoid them?
YES, you got it right!
Most commercial whole wheat bread, pasta or cereals will have the same effect as refined grains; they will turn to sugar in your body, and if you eat lots of them, you’ll ultimately get fat.
These foods can not only prevent you from losing weight, but they can also make you sick if you eat them instead of other, more nutritious foods, because they are low in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
So here is the takeaway for you today:
1) Whole grains, including whole wheat, are healthier than refined grains because they contain more vitamins and minerals.
2) When they are processed by the food industry, you lose about 90% of their health benefits, which doesn’t make them much healthier than refined foods.
3) You need to be careful and cut down your consumption of processed, commercial whole wheat products; however, you can eat whole grains that you prepare yourself in your kitchen.