The Great Grain Debate…

Whole grains have been a central part of the human diet since early
civilization. That’s not surprising, given the fact that they provide a host of beneficial nutrients for your body including, iron, fiber, vitamin E, vitamin B and a number of essential enzymes. Grains also have other benefits that contribute to health as well, including helping to reduce heart disease, stroke, obesity and more. But with all their known benefits, why has there been a great grain debate about them lately?

question

It is true that grains have been around for thousands of years, but today’s grains are much different than grains of the past. In my book, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living, I talk a little about how today’s grains are different and how some people can tolerate them and others can’t in the chapter titled, Know Thyself. Most grains today bear little resemblance to the grains found in the diet thousands of years ago.¹ Many grains today are genetically modified and are treated with chemicals to help preserve them give them and give them a longer shelf live. It is no small wonder that many people have developed food allergies, sensitivities and problems tolerating gluten as a result of the modifications. Packaged food items, which have become a staple in the diets of many consumers, contain heavily processed grains. Unfortunately, they  don’t have the same benefits for your body, as eating whole grains.

genetically modified

What Are Whole grains?

Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions.²

grains

About Grains

Grains are easy to make and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Grains have a distinct texture and mild flavor. If you want to enhance the flavor, you can easily add herbs, spices, vegetables or fruit to a recipe. Many people enjoy grains as a side dish at lunch or dinner. Others may include grains as part of a healthy breakfast. Try adding fruit, nuts, seeds, greens or avocados to your morning rice, oats or quinoa to make it even healthier for you.

grains

Common Grains

If you are a person who enjoys grains, there are many to choose from.

  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Wheat

Other Grains Available

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Couscous
  • Kamut
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt
  • Teff

There are a number of grains that have gained  popularity recently, such as quinoa and millet, yet they date back to biblical times. If you tolerate grains, why not experiment with other varieties and enjoy their healthful properties? Grains are abundant in supply and can be a healthy addition to the diet for some individuals.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Sources:
¹Permutter, David. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 62. Print.

²“Definition of a Whole Grain.” Definition of a Whole Grain | The Whole Grains Council, wholegrainscouncil.org/definition-whole-grain.

 

7 Healing Benefits Of Ginger

Aches and Pains—we all get them from time to time. Although they can be a hindrance and sometimes bring us down, it doesn’t always have to be that way. In fact, there are a number of things you can do to help keep them in check, including eating healthier. Did you know that many whole foods have healing properties and medicinal effects? That’s right! Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties and vital nutrients that can help reduce pain and swelling.

Ginger is one such food.

Ginger, considered a root by many people, is actually an underground stem of the ginger plant. It originated in China and has been a popular plant for thousands of years because of its healing properties and vast array of uses.¹ Ginger has many therapeutic benefits, which actually come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that are highly rich in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.² Ginger is considered both a spice and an herb and is used by many for cooking and preparing various recipes. It is also popular for tea, as it has warming effects and a unique, spicy taste.

Let’s take a look at some of healing benefits of Ginger…

  1. Powerful Anti-Inflammatory—Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is often used for joint problems and beneficial to those who suffer from arthritis. Many have experienced reduction in pain and increased mobility. It is also helpful for other ailments including bronchitis, coughs and colds and tendonitis.
  2. Reduces Symptoms of Motion Sickness—Ginger has been shown to reduce the signs of motion sickness, dizziness and nausea. Give it a try if you have troubles sailing, driving, other motion-related problems, or morning sickness.
  3. Contains Anti-Fungal Properties—Many people with fungal issues opt for antibiotics to treat the problem. Why not try a natural cure? Ginger has been shown to help with athletes foot and other fungal infections.
  4. Calming Effects—Many people are affected and suffer with stomach problems, cramps, nausea and more. Instead of reaching for an antacid, ibuprofen, or some other over the counter remedy, why not include add a little to your diet? Ginger has been shown to help with gastrointestinal problems, nausea, menstrual cramps and more.
  5. Boosts Immunity—Many people suffer with coughs, colds, flu and other ailments throughout the year. Why not build your immunity by adding more ginger to your diet? A slice of ginger daily, or a cup of ginger tea can do wonders. I started adding ginger to my morning smoothies and green juice and noticed a huge difference this winter. You can too!
  6. Helps Fight Cancer—Studies show that ginger is helpful in the treatment of cancer, especially ovarian cancer. Although more tests need to be done, it has been shown that taking ginger supplements, or taking ginger essential oil is useful. Ginger tea is also helpful.
  7. Helps Diabetes—More and more people these days suffer with diabetes. Why not help prevent and possibly reverse diabetes, if you can? Ginger has been shown to improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity. This is good news for many.

If you don’t currently use ginger, you might want to consider adding this powerful food to your diet. It not only tastes good, but helps prevent many ailments.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Sources:

¹Carson, Tara. “Is Ginger an Herb or a Spice?” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 24 Jan. 2011. Web. 02 May 2017.

²”10 Medicinal Ginger Health Benefits.” Dr. Axe. N.p., 28 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 May 2017.

³http://ezinearticles.com/?So-What-is-Up-With-Ginger—Is-it-a-Spice-Or-an-Herb?&id=3112758

4″Ginger Root – Side Effects, Uses And Benefits.” The Herbal Resource. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.