The definition of truly healthy whole grains cereal is a cereal which is not processed or minimally processed (cracked, extruded, rolled and puffed) where no change has been made to its nutritional profile and also has all three edible parts (the germ, bran and the endosperm) intact.
The cereals in the current market have added sugar along with candied fruits and dry fruits added in the name of health which imparts only empty calories minus the nutrients.
Incorporating whole grains in diet is not just another fad but a healthier way of living. Whole grains is healthy and is packed with important nutrients like protein, carbohydrates (Yes! they give you energy) healthy fats (good hair, skin and nails) and fiber along with other essential vitamins and minerals.
Fiber has been an important part of diet for a very long time. It has numerous health benefits like lowering cholesterol (Beta- glucan is a naturally occurring soluble fiber in oats), maintaining the blood sugar levels, providing energy for the day and they are known to keep you full for a long time therefore managing weight.
Few tips on How to incorporate whole grain in your everyday diet:
- Never skip Breakfast : Choose a fiber-rich, whole-grain breakfast cereal, oatmeal or muesli or Bagrry’s Oats for India range where you can eat your favorite Indian recipes with the goodness of oats.
- Choose whole grains over refined items when selecting breads, buns, bagels, tortillas, pastas and biscuits.
- Experiment with different grains such as wheat, oats, bulgur (daliya) and quinoa. To save time try making an overnight oats recipe which is quick to make at night and in the morning you have a healthy hearty filling dish topped with your favorite toppings.
- Whole grains as a snack : Puffed wheat, popcorns and muesli is a great anytime instant snack that will give you not only energy but will be great for managing weight.
Article written by food engineering expert Prachi Gupta