Benefits of Whole Grains “Grain on the Brain”

Continuing with the basics, in addition to eating organic fruits and vegetables another way to drastically improve your diet is by eating whole grains and products made from whole grain flour.  Whole grains are nutritionally superior to refined grains, richer in dietary fiber, antioxidants, protein (in particular the amino acid lysine), dietary minerals (including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), and vitamins (including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin E).  It’s been proven that a high fiber diet can reduce the incidence of some forms of cancer, digestive system diseases, gum disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity and many studies have shown that whole grains have numerous cardiovascular benefits.

So how does flour work?  Almost all flours are derived from a whole cereal grain that has been milled into a fine meal and is then used for making baked goods of all kinds.  The refining process involves putting the kernels of the whole cereal grain through a high-heat milling process that removes the germ and bran (where 90 percent of the nutritional content resides), leaving only the endosperm which is starch. The starch is then ground into different sizes for different purposes and the result is refined flour.

Many people have gotten into home grinding and milling of grain because of the incredible taste added with that level of freshness and the certainty of the nutritious integrity of the grain.  With a simple electric machine like the BlendTec Kitchen Mill, the process is essentially no more complicated or expensive, than grinding beans and brewing breakfast coffee and because virtually all commercial flours (even “whole wheat”) have lost fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals during processing and storage, producing your own begins to make a lot of sense.

Boy, I think this was the least funny article so far.  I guess I could have made a joke about fiber…

Be well

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