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4 Health Benefits of Whole Grains

Posted on 09/4/2018


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Hi, I'm Rene Ficek, registered dietitian nutritionist.

September is whole grain month. We take a whole month to celebrate whole grains because they come with so many nutritious benefits.

Whole Grains Control Weight

First, they can help control weight. Because whole grains are broken down slowly, you're more likely to feel fuller for longer, helping to reduce the overall calorie intake.

Provide a Better Night's Sleep

Whole grains also provide a better night's sleep, since they're high in magnesium. If you don't consume enough magnesium, chronic insomnia is one of those main central symptoms.

Whole Grains Help Combat Depression

They can also help combat depression. High fiber carbohydrates found in whole grains are good for both your mind and your body since they assist with the release of serotonin, which is well known for being a feel good hormone.

Help Lower Bad Cholesterol Numbers

Lastly, they help lower bad cholesterol numbers while controlling blood sugars. Whole grains bind to bad cholesterol in the system and help take it out. They also take longer to break down, resulting in a more steady rise and fall in blood sugar, which is healthier for everyone, with or without diabetes.

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