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“Health Benefits of Whole Grains”-1

Consumption of Whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. Whole grains:

  • Provide bulk in the stomach and helps prevent overeating.

  • Slows the digestive system for blood sugar control.

  • Cleanses the digestive system to keep the intestines disease free.

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

    Barley-Health benefit: the fibre in barley helps lower cholesterol very effectively

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Tips: Can be used in soups, salads.

Corn –Health benefit: corn has high levels of antioxidants and is identified as a major contributing factor in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular problems

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Tips: Can be used in vegetable dishes, popcorn, soups, and salads

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White Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes

White Potatoes:

  • Potatoes are rich sources of carbohydrates and also contains high amount of starch which would result in increasing of weight.
  • Potatoes also have a high glycemic index which has an impact on blood sugar resulting in type 2 diabetes and its complications.
  • Potatoes might trigger gas, gas pain and bloating, particularly if you are prone to gas and sensitive to the sugars that occur naturally in starch. Also might trigger inflammation and joint pains.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet potato is high in Vitamin B6 which helps in reducing homocysteine in our bodies and also helps in prevention of heart attacks.
  • They are good sources of Vitamin C & D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth and it supports the thyroid gland.
  • Sweet potatoes contain iron which plays an important role in increasing red &white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning and magnesium in sweet potato acts as a relaxation and anti-stress mineral.