The importance of Whole Grain Wheat
Whole Grain Wheat is an essential food that you should include in your family’s food and diet because it does not only contain high fibre
that promotes good digestion, a good aid for your heart due to its ability to lower the amount of bad cholesterol, but it also has the essential
vitamins to keep you healthy, and provide proper nutrition for the whole family.
Have you ever tried looking at a grain of the wheat?
If you haven’t, next time, try to take a closer look and you will find the structure of the grains quite interesting. I’m talking about the unpolished grains that still have the husks or outermost lining covering the grain. Those outer coverings are called bran, and they are an essential part of the
wheat which people paid less importance to during the past until it was discovered that the bran actually provides many important bulk-forming
carbohydrates that are essential to aid in keeping the intestinal tract fully active.
Before, people were so foolish that they only used it for feeds or throw them away. Well, at least the birds, fowls, and other animals that consumed them have benefited from the food power of the bran.
Bran is a rich source of vitamin B complex and contains iron to help build red blood cells. In the deepest or sixth layer of this outer covering, there are substances of real value for the growth and repair of body cells. It also contains phosphorous which is essential in building strong bones and healthy nerve tissues.
Now let’s talk about the white centre which is known as endosperm. This part of the wheat grain is composed mainly of carbohydrates and starches that provide fuel, energy, and strength for the muscles.
Other proteins, known as gluten and gliadin, are also found in the endosperm. If you’ve noticed polished grains only contain this white centre without the bran, most especially when wheat is refined and made into flour. Although the endosperm or starchy part of the Wheat Grain is good, many valuable food elements and essential vitamins are lost during the refining process.
Have you ever heard of Wheat Germ?
I’m sure you have, most especially those who are vegetarian and diet conscious people. The wheat germ or embryo is the actual seed or part that sprouts and grows when a grain of wheat is planted. This germ of the wheat is one of the richest sources of thiamine or Vitamin B1.
Thiamine is essential for the functioning of the nervous system. Thiamine is also important for the proper action of the digestive organs, and for promoting normal growth in children and young people. 11 Signs and Symptoms of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Deficiency
And guess what?
Just like the Bran, the wheat germ is also thrown away in the modern flour refining process. The question is, do you often buy refined wheat flour?
What are the essential food nutrients left in them?
I guess by now you know the answer to that question.
Provide healthy food by patronizing whole grain wheat, with the bran and unrefined. Try buying wheat germ too and start the habit of checking the nutrients that can be found in every food that you serve to your family.
Don’t forget to include The Wheat Grain in your diet, it’s good for you and your family’s health.