Whole Grain/Whole Wheat

By Latest Reply 2008-10-15 02:31:05 -0500
Started 2008-10-08 06:02:37 -0500

I have read so much about how much better these are for you in bread, brown rice, even oats; but there is only 1 carb usually 1 carb difference per serving, and little or no changes in calories. And potatoes, nuts and raisins, starches and fattening. How could they be good for you? I am definitley struggling.

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kdroberts 2008-10-15 02:31:05 -0500 Report

As John says, carb for carb there is virtually no difference. However, if you check the rest of the nutrition label for all the other things people normally skip over, vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc, then the difference becomes clearer. I have a problem with the line "eat more whole grain" as I think it's confusing, and you seemed to have proved that. It should be more along the lines of "if you are eating a carbohydrate, choose whole grains over white"

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-10-14 09:56:09 -0500 Report

You are absolutely right. The difference between refined (white) grains and whole grains is not primarily the carb count. Instead, it's about complex carbohydrates versus simple sugars. The refining process strips away all but the simplest part of the grains. Most of the nutritional value of the grains are found in the bran and the germ. Plus, essentially all of the fiber is found int he bran and the germ.

Refined grains cause a much faster and higher spike in blood sugars. Whole grains digest more slowly and provided the added benefits of fiber.

(I'm really not much of an expert on this subject. I'm sure others will add more and explain it better.)

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