Whole Grains are GREAT
I was just watching Dr Oz's show this morning and on it he had "celebrity" health guru, Dr Andrew Weil.
In part of his Optimal Healthy Eating Dr Weil recommends whole and cracked grains as something people should eat often.
And, I couldn't agree more.... depending on the person.
What drives me nuts about our "Healthy American Food Pyramid" is that the definition of whole grains is whole wheat bread, pasta and crackers.
People! Those are NOT whole grains!
Whole grains are where you can actually see the whole grain itself; items like barley, buckwheat, oats, bulgur, brown rice, to name a few.
When's the last time you actually ate a whole grain?
In my house, I cooked my husband and I up some Whole Wheat Berry Kernels (pictured above). To do this, I soaked the grains for a few hours beforehand and then just cooked them on the stove like you would rice.
Wheat berries are the whole wheat kernel except for the hull. They look like a whole grain - fancy that!
We ate this dish with wild salmon and steamed whole green beans. Yum!
And, it was super easy to make - I just added some olive oil and sea salt to give it a different flavor and that was it! So good! The entire cooking time was probably about 35 minutes, which wasn't a big deal since I used that time to feed April and do other food prep.
As far as who should eat whole grains and who should not, there are some people that are intolerant to certain grains (like wheat) due to intestinal disorders (like celiac or crohn's). Then, there are some people that just don't tolerate any grain or starchy carbohydrate at all due to blood sugar control issues.
The nice thing about whole grains like wheat berries is that they do not raise blood sugars like other so-called "whole grains" such as bread or pasta because they are digested slower and are higher in fiber and naturally-occuring vitamins and minerals.
People don't have to eat grains every day, but if you do, ensure you're really eating whole grains. They're not hard to make and they're really satisfying. Try it out and realize how good they really are :)