Grains get a negative rap but this is because people are eating the bad ones … refined grains in white flour, white bread, white rice, most cereals, biscuits etc. These refined grains have the bran and sometimes the germ stripped from them (see picture). They increase your risk of weight gain, heart disease and diabetes; and have little nutritional value.
There are many GOOD grains that include the bran and the germ. These are the “Whole Grains”. These grains may actually protect you from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and possibly asthma and Alzheimer’s disease.
So here are your Great Grains (in no particular order)!
1. Whole Oats
2. Brown Rice
3. Quinoa (technically a seed but tastes like a grain)
4. Wholegrain Barley
5. Whole Rye
7. Whole wheat – you can even now find whole wheat cous cous.
9. Whole Kamut
10. Whole Spelt