Monday, May 3, 2010

Amp up your grains

A few weeks ago I posted about water intake. That is the first thing I mention when someone asks me about losing weight or just plain being healthy.  Number two is moving to whole grains.  The main reason to make the switch from white flour to whole wheat and replace white sugar with honey (or something similar) is summarized in this one table...

These calories are 'empty' without much nutrition, even though you are still consuming calories.  The loss of these minerals is one reason flour is 'enriched'.  They remove the nutrition and then try to add it back in again.  Moving to whole grains and unrefined sweeteners allows you to feel more full in part because you are getting minerals from the food.  The first thing you'll notice after making the switch is you can eat less volume and yet feel more full.  I love that.  

So AMP UP YOUR GRAINS...your body (and waistline) will thank you for it.


  1. Awesome a new reader to the blog, I am very impressed. Heather has always been a nutritional genius, so I'm not surprised.

    Keep up the good work (even if the blogs are at 12:50 in the am!)