Remember the old USDA food pyramid? The one that featured grains as the foundation of a healthy diet? We were told that we needed to 6-11 servings of grains daily, which research now shows actually led to obesity and a host of other issues.
The food pyramid has recently been replaced by the food plate that balances grains, with carbs, protein, and fruit. While this is a better balance, it still doesn’t give the full story when it comes to individuals.
Today’s myth highlights whole grains and how they should (or shouldn’t) be part of your healthy diet.
Myth #3: Whole grains are good for everyone.
While many have made the switch from white bread to wheat or whole grain bread, it’s important to understand that whole grains still become sugar and affect blood sugar the same way as white bread does. In fact, according to the glycemic index, wheat bread has much the same glycemic load as white bread.
Many Americans struggle with controlling insulin, so reducing whole grains is ideal. For those with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, or are overweight (conditions related to insulin resistance), try eliminating whole grains and sugar and notice how you are affected.
Even if you are of normal weight and do not have insulin resistance, it is wise to monitor your whole grain intake.
Acceptable alternatives would be quinoa, millet, brown rice, and other ancient grains. Concerned about getting your fiber intake? Try flax, hemp, and psyllium seeds. Also apples, beans, and the ubiquitous dark leafy greens are full of the fiber we need to add bulk to our system.
Elaine King is a Holistic Health Coach. She works with women who want to make their health a priority. They understand that being healthy is about more than what they eat. The connection to their thoughts and inner spirit is of importance as well. Elaine does individual and group coaching, leads wellness workshops, and speaks for various organizations. Dowload a free copy of her e-Guide: Six Steps to a Simply Healthy Jumpstart here.
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