Grains are amazingly versatile plants that act as building blocks for the diets of most people all over the world. Rice and wheat are especially common and, when served as whole grains, they offer a load of nutritional value as well as being tasty.
Whole Grains Month is here to educate and raise awareness about making healthier choices when it comes to breads, cereals, rice and more!
History of Whole Grains Month
Whole Grains Month was established in 2007 with the backing of the Whole Grains Council in the USA. The idea is that taking 30 days at the beginning of autumn dedicated to eating more servings of whole grains each day is a perfect way to create new and healthier eating habits.
Many whole grains come from the same plants that most people normally eat, but they are not as processed. This way, all of the parts of the grain are included and the products made from it are much healthier. Whole wheat flour, brown rice, oatmeal and even popcorn are all whole grain foods. Others that are perhaps becoming more popular are quinoa, barley, and cracked wheat.
How to Celebrate Whole Grains Month
Show some love to your heart and your family’s health by celebrating Whole Grains Month! Check out some of these superb ways to enjoy the event and feel better while doing it:
Eat More Whole Grains
While some types of whole grains might require incorporating new recipes into the family meal plan, others can be accomplished through some simple substitutes. For instance, white rice can easily be replaced with brown rice for a super easy serving of whole grains. Whole-wheat tortillas, whole-wheat breads and whole wheat pastas are also a simple exchange. Just read the labels carefully and then get ready to enjoy some delicious whole grains!
Learn Some Benefits of Whole Grains
Those who are interested in learning more about this important food in celebration of Whole Grains Month can talk to a dietician or other medical professional and also do some online research. Get started with some of these benefits – and don’t forget to share them with friends and family!
Whole grains can help lower bad cholesterol
Oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice and many others can help to keep the heart healthy by fighting off bad cholesterol, and also raising the levels of good cholesterol.
Whole grains can lower insulin levels
Those who struggle with diabetes or pre-diabetes can benefit from these grains to keep blood sugar levels in check.
Whole grains can help with weight control
Instead of eating a lot of empty calories, starting with whole grains first can help a person to feel full and minimize snacking.
Whole grains are high in fiber
Those who eat high fiber diets have been shown to have reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.
Access Some Whole Grains Day Resources
Teachers, parents, doctors, dieticians and others who are interested in sharing more about Whole Grains Month can get access to a variety of resources and activities on the Whole Grains Council website. Have tons of fun with printables, videos, games and even a delightful song about whole grains!