Guess what? You are normal
Most people struggle when it comes to eating ‘healthy’. We are often being played by cleaver marketers claiming something is healthy. This morning as I was busting a sweat on the step-mill (watching Regis and Kelly..of course), a juice commercial came on claiming that their new orange juice can reduce LDL or better known as bad cholesterol, because of the addition of plant sterols: PURE SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE WITH PLANT STEROLS AND OTHER ADDED INGREDIENTS.
Notice the other added ingredients. There is no doubt that when going to the grocery store people often become overwhelmed and feel defeated.
Finding healthy breads was always a struggle for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE bread…did I mention I LOVE bread, and I know there are benefits to eating whole natural grains…but how do you know that when a product claims “Whole Grain”, really is Whole Grain?
- reduces risk of heart disease
- reduces risk of diabetes
- reduces risk of certain cancers
- helps with weight control
Whole grain consists of 3 parts:
- fiber-rich bran
- the germ, and
- the starchy endosperm
In Canada, the term whole wheat flour can be added to the package even when 5% of the original kernel is. Although this type of flour is much healthier than refined flour, you want to make sure you are getting the WHOLE grain.
The simplest way to making sure you are getting the whole grain is to choose intact grain kernels, minimally processed. Look for one of these ingredients: brown rice, quinoa, oats, bulgur, wild rice, buckwheat, barley, millet.
Here are some sneaky words to look out for:
Enriched Flour: enriched is a cleaver word for a few dozen missing nutrients added in.
Bran or Germ: these are healthy choices, but not whole grain.
Multigrain: this describes several whole grains or several refined grains or a mix of both.
***Look for the word whole in front of every individual ingredient***
Now you are ready to shop with confidence for actual whole grains.